There's no shortage of creative talent in the Bay Area. Exciting new books by local authors are hitting the shelves and Oakland Public Library has copies for you to check out. Here are some new titles that I'm looking forward to reading and hope you will, too. All of these authors are making appearances at OPL branches so make sure to stop by and meet the people behind the books, ask questions, and learn more about the creative process.
Road Trips, a memoir by Tamim Ansary, recounts stories from his years as part of the American ‘60s and ‘70s counterculture, after he arrived from Afghanistan where he was born and raised. The book revolves around three arduous journeys he launched from his home base in Portland, Oregon, between 1969, when he hitchhiked across North America with five dollars in his pocket, and 1975, when he and a girlfriend went on a four-month road trip that ended up in the Yucatan jungle near the ruins of Tulum. These odysseys are bracketed by a prologue, in which ten-year-old Ansary accompanies his father on a journey to find a legendary alabaster mountain in southwestern Afghanistan; and an epilogue, in which Ansary stumbles on a sheaf of long-lost letters from his counterculture years. (description provided by the publisher)
Meet author Tamim Ansary at the Montclair Branch on Tuesday, May 2nd at 6:30 PM.
The best we could do : an illustrated memoir / Thi Bui
This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family's daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves. (description provided by the publisher)
Thi Bui will read from The Best We Could Do the Piedmont Branch Library in June. Date to be determined so make sure to check the OPL calendar of events in June.
Kill the ampya!: The best latin american baseball fiction / Dick Cluster
Cluster translates stories of Latin American baseball, which appear in English for the first time. The collection includes writers from Cuba (Arturo Arango, Eduardo del Llano & Carmen Hernandez Peña), the Dominican Republic (Jose Bobadilla, Alexis Gómez Rosa, Daniel Reyes Germán & Sandra Tavarez), Mexico (Vicente Leñero), Nicaragua (Sergio Ramírez), Puerto Rico (Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro) and Venezuela (Rodrigo Blanco Calderón & Salvador Fleján).
Daughter of a black sun / Nicia De'Lovely
"Daughter of a Black Sun" is a modern masterwork of urban poetry by Nicia De’Lovely, filled with compelling literature that illustrates the beauty, brawl and bravery of Black America from a personal perspective. Woven together like an exquisite intricate blanket, the poems entwine covering many subjects relative to Black communities; from the cold and ruthless, to the warm and gracious. In the author’s authentic form, she passionately speaks to her audiences, delivering reflective life lessons to awaken and elevate. Daughter of a Black Sun is uncompromising, unapologetic and absolutely uncensored. (description provided by the publisher).
The coconut latitudes : secrets, storms, and survival In the Caribbean / Rita M. Gardner
The Coconut Latitudes is a memoir about a childhood in paradise, a journey into unexpected misery, and a twisted path to redemption and truth. Leaving a successful career in the U.S., a father makes the fateful decision to settle his wife and two young daughters on an isolated beach in the Dominican Republic. He plants ten thousand coconut seedlings and declares they are the luckiest people alive. In reality, the family is in the path of hurricanes and in the grip of a brutal dictator. Against a backdrop of shimmering palms and kaleidoscope sunsets, a crisis causes the already fragile family to implode. The Coconut Latitudes is a haunting, lyrical memoir of surviving a reality far from the envisioned Eden, the terrible cost of keeping secrets, and the transformative power of truth and love. (description provided by publisher)
The latest installment of the Akashic Noir Series, this volume promises to "shock, titillate, provoke, and entertain." The diverse cast of talented contributors includes Jerry Thompson, Eddie Muller, Nick Petrulakis, Keri Miki, Lani Schroeder, Katie Gilmartin, Keenan Norris, Harry Louis Williams II, Carolyn Alexander, Phil Canalin, Judy Juanita, Jamie DeWolf, Mahmud Rahman, Tom McElravey, Joe Loya and OPL Librarian, Dorothy Lazard.