Further Reading

A 21st-Century Filipino-American Fiction Reader
By March 30, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

A 21st-Century Filipino-American Fiction Reader

Originally published in 1943, Carlos Bulosan’s America Is in the Heart is a cornerstone of classic Asian-American literature. Drawing on Bulosan’s Filipino boyhood, his immigration to the U.S., and the challenges he faced as a first-generation Asian American, it remains a notable inspiration, most recently highlighted in the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s immigration-friendly video of the […]

A Transracial Adoption Reader
By January 9, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

A Transracial Adoption Reader

Now-adult adoptees who arrived in the United States from other countries are learning that their U.S. citizenship can’t be assumed. Two recent tragedies have highlighted the shocking realization: the May 2017 suicide of Phillip Clay, adopted at eight by a Philadelphia family and deported to Seoul 29 years later, and the November 2016 deportation of Adam […]

Favorite Adult Books, 2017
By December 6, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Favorite Adult Books, 2017

What sweet agony to have so many fantabulous, freakin’ spectacular books from which to cull. I’ve got my 2017 favorite adult titles down to a baker’s dozen, chosen under great duress. They’re presented in alphabetical order—as opposed to actually ranked, a feat which just might send me over the edge. Titles are linked to Booklist reviews, […]

Margarita Engle’s Cuba for Young Readers
By November 10, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Margarita Engle’s Cuba for Young Readers

President Obama’s historic December 17, 2014 order to “normalize relations” between the United States and Cuba began the restoration of diplomacy after more than half a century of hostile restrictions. His 72-hour visit to Havana in March 2016—the first made by a sitting president since Coolidge in 1928—opened and encouraged travel in both directions. The thaw, […]

Further Reading: Transgender Soldiers

Further Reading: Transgender Soldiers

One year after the Defense Department’s landmark decision to lift its military ban on transgender people, President Trump took to Twitter to announce that he is prohibiting transgender individuals from serving “in any capacity in the U.S. military.” With an estimated 15,000 transgender people currently in service, it’s unknown how his administration intends to implement […]

Further Reading: Murder and Social Media

Further Reading: Murder and Social Media

Further Reading is a new feature on The Booklist Reader, designed to provide readers’ advisory for today’s headlines. When Steve Stephens murdered Robert Godwin on Sunday, he filmed the despicable deed and uploaded the video to Facebook. Millions of people watched it before Facebook pulled it down. While the murder and its aftermath shocked the nation—and rightfully so—crime […]