Saturday, February 23, 2008

A few reads for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, Bookshelf features a few books for kids and adults. One article is a series of recommendations about great books for kids to read on this topic. The other piece is a review of a novel just published in honor of the centennial of Richard Wright's birthday. The late writer left behind an unfinished novel, a crime novel called A Father's Law, and his daughter has now published it. It does leave a bit to be desired, since it was a raw work, but it is a valuable piece of information for those who would like to know more about, and hear more from, Wright.
Steve Whitton reviews All Shall Be Well; and All Shall Be Well; and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well, by Tod Wodicka. The title itself takes up half the space I can mention about it, but Whitton says it's a great debut novel "about family and the harsh terrain all families traverse."
Last, I review a memoir by a twenty-something woman whose lifelong dream has been to ... yes, it's true -- be a princess. Never mind that she grew up the daughter of hippie parents in small-town Colorado. She taught herself how to be a proper English lady and clawed her way to Great Britain as fast as she could. It's almost anachronistic and anti-feminist, but it's pretty darn entertaining in spots.