Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
His popular works Go Tell It on the Mountain, Blues for Mister Charlie and If Beale Street Could Talk are critically acclaimed masterpieces. But none of Baldwin’s novels has divided critics and readers like this bruising and unflinching look at a tragic bisexual love triangle, set in moody, sepia-toned Paris. David is in the City of Lights waiting for his lady love Hella to come and join him. That’s how he meets Giovanni, a charming, down-on-his-luck waiter, with whom he has a fling that heats up – with damning consequences. It’s a compulsively readable pageturner buoyed by Baldwin’s elegant prose and keen observations about the frailty of human nature and the constant struggle to be true to the man in the mirror. Highly recommended.
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Rihanna: Barbados World-Gurl in Global Popular Culture
See, even the scholars love RiRi. Hailing her as the most commercially successful Caribbean-bred recording artist in history, the editors behind this buzzworthy volume (Hilary Beckles and Heather Russell) bring together like-minded thinkers from across the region and the US mainland to discuss issues and ideas pertaining to class, gender, sexuality, race etc. (from different disciplinary and at times radically divergent perspectives) against the backdrop of Miss Fenty’s remarkable rise from singing sensation to international pop phenom. At almost 230 pages, the text (which landed on bookshelves last year) is one of the most refreshing titles to emerge from the UWI Press in recent years.
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Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook: Whole Organic Ingredients and Delicious Meals from the Marley Kitchen
From recording and producing Grammy-winning albums to penning children’s books to suiting up for a major fashion label to playing sold-out concerts, is there anything Ziggy Marley cannot do? Turns out the ace musician and doting father of four can throw down in the kitchen, too. And he’s not a selfish cook; he wants to let you in on some of his culinary secrets. So be sure to pick up a copy of this highly anticipated cookbook (due out from Akashic in October), in which Ziggy shares 50 of his favourite recipes (traditional and ital), including a few that long received the stamp of approval from legendary pops and mom Bob and Rita. “I first started dabbling in the kitchen as a teenager; I enjoyed making cornmeal porridge,” the multifaceted artiste reveals. “And [those experiences] helped me begin appreciating the idea of nourishment, the idea that food can make your body feel better.”