Last Week In Books: Yo Mama’s So Nice Nobody Can Write A Dramatic Best-Selling Novel About Her

Black mother reading a book to biracial daughter in beautiful house

Happy Mother’s Day to all my fellow readers who’ve added extra pages to their family books! I’ve been trying to think of my favorite literary mothers all day…and failing. Healthy parental relationships are not often the stuff of literature, are they? Still, here’s hoping you and yours had a fabulous day.

Also, for those of us who do have more, um, literary relationships with our moms–I know I do–I just want to say, I see you too. I understand how hard it is, and I see you, judgment-free.

Anyway, on to the books.

  • Jhumpa Lahiri was born to Bengali-speaking Indian immigrant parents in London, moved to Rhode Island when she was two, and after getting her Ph.D. at Boston University and becoming a globally-recognized author moved to Italy to learn the language, culminating in writing her most recent novel Whereabouts in Italian and translating it into English herself. Lesser folk could never. Also, I just realized that the character of Pushpa Sondhi in Sakesh Ratyal’s novel No One Can Pronounce My Name is totally based on Lahiri, and things make so much more sense now. [via The Guardian]
  • In the world of comics, there’s a new Captain America, and he’s indigenous. I want to like this because Darcie Little Badger wrote him and Elatsoe is one of my favorite books but also–I don’t like this. Indigenous Captain America? I mean, I guess. (For the record, I’m not crazy about Falcon/Black Captain America either. I just think the concept is not useful outside of subtle propaganda. But that’s another story for another day.) [Via Marvel]
  • On a more positive note, Black comic creators are having very insightful conversations on the current wave of diversity in comics and what it means going forward. Will it stay or will it just be another trend? [via LA Times]
  • Also, I’m sure this comes as no surprise, but Stacey Abrams recently revealed that publishers passed on her new legal thriller While Justice Sleeps not once, but twice. Of course, it’s now a best seller. [via Wall Street Journal]
  • Somewhere on my personal Facebook page, I wrote a long post about the surprising diversity of the television adaptation of The Wheel of Time series and laid an imaginary bet that manly tough hero dude al’Lan Mandragoran would be cast as an Asian guy. I WAS RIGHT! I can’t find that post now, but I called it. Even though this six-second clip gives us almost nothing to work with, I hope Daniel Henney does it justice, and seeing him here makes me a little more excited about the upcoming show. [via Amazon Prime Video]
  • Since it is after all Mother’s Day, I’ll leave you with a booklist of murderous mothers in YA fantasy fiction. Included is the fantasy novel Raybearer, which will be reviewed here soon and is fantastic, and An Ember In The Ashes, in which–well, there was SO much going on in that book it took me a moment to remember who the murderous mother was. Both highly recommended reads, though. [via Tor]

That’s it for this week, fellow readers. Remember–this blog has affiliate relationships and if you click/purchase anything from here a commission may be paid. Read something good, and peace!

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