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SheReads: Tatiana R.

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The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz
“This book is pure brilliance and I evangelize about it every chance I get. Published eleven years after Diaz’s stunning short story collection Drown, Oscar Wao manages to simultaneously tell the story of Oscar de Leon and the fuku (curse) that haunts his family; the story of the Dominican Republic under the reign of dictator Rafael Trujillo; and the story of America (the version that we don’t see in history books). The fact that he tells it in a kinetic mix of hip hop, Spanglish and nerd-ese is icing on the cake.”

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
“This beautiful novel is a classic that feels fresh every time I read it. Hurston had a great ear for dialect and as a Southern gal, I’m a tough critic of artistic representations of the South. On top of that, she’s a master wordsmith; in her hands, language is as malleable and beautiful as gold in the hand of an artisan. Plus it’s got one of the best opening lines of all time: ‘Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.’”

Futureland by Walter Mosely
“Like most people, I was introduced to Mosely through his mystery writing, but if you’ve never read his sci-fi, you should definitely check it out! Futureland is a book of interconnected short stories that explore themes from love to race to control. I’ve heard die-hard science fiction fans won’t like it, but I’m a big fan of it.”

The People Could Fly by Virginia Hamilton
“This is a fantastic children’s book. It’s a collection of Black American folk tales that run the gamut from comical Br’er Rabbit stories to tales about slaves who can fly. The book is filled with beautiful illustrations and is as fun for big kids like me as it is for children. One of the main reasons I like it is that a great many children’s books featuring Black Americans are all about ‘The Struggle,’ but this one is about the pure joy that comes from storytelling.”

Tatiana is a mommy/journalist/fiction writer in Birmingham. You can follow her completely random thoughts on Twitter @tatianarichards.

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March 31, 2010 at 10:47 am

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  1. […] called SheReads which, to paraphrase, looks at the reading list of cool chicks. Here’s mine; what’s […]

  2. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is in my top 5 favorite books of all time. Love Junot Diaz’ writing. I met him once in a Barnes & Noble bookstore and nearly lost my mind lol


    April 9, 2010 at 4:42 pm

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