Seattle Reads 2014: If You Like Richard Blanco's "For All of Us, One Today" -- Nonfiction

Create Dangerously
Create Dangerously The Immigrant Artist at Work By Danticat, Edwidge (Book - 2010 ) 813.54 D236D 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:In this set of 12 essays, Haitian immigrant Danticat asks: as a writer, if your native land has shaped your life and destiny, but you no longer belong there, how do you reconcile this conflict?

Next Word, Better Word
Next Word, Better Word The Craft of Writing Poetry By Dobyns, Stephen (Book - 2011 ) 808.1 D6569N 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Dobyns agrees with Blanco that writing poetry involves not only meditation, artistry and heart, but also technique, skill and careful editing. He offers examples of both art and craft from poets throughout history.

Twenty-five Books That Shaped America
Twenty-five Books That Shaped America How White Whales, Green Lights, and Restless Spirits Forged Our National Identity By Foster, Thomas C. (Book - 2011 ) 810.9 F817T 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Like Blanco, Foster questions what creates American identity, but he does it by tracing America’s nature through 25 of its most representative books. His carefully considered choices provide much food for thought.

Child of the Revolution
Child of the Revolution Growing up in Castro's Cuba By Garcia, Luis M. (Book - 2006 ) 972.91064 G1655G 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:Garcia was 12 when his family migrated from Cuba—old enough to understand the conditions that made families give up everything in order to leave, and to appreciate the warmth and spirit that was left behind.

Harvest of Empire
Harvest of Empire A History of Latinos in America By González, Juan (Book - 2011 ) 973.0468 G5899H 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:This comprehensive look at the Latino experience in the United States relates not only history, but also the cultural and linguistic challenges faced by Latino immigrants of many origins.

The New Kids
The New Kids Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at A High School for Immigrant Teens By Hauser, Brooke (Book - 2011 ) 373.18 H2952N 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:The title says it all; this account of a year in the life of a group of immigrant students in Brooklyn echoes the story Blanco tells, of the challenges and rewards of adjusting to a new homeland.

Thoughts Without Cigarettes
Thoughts Without Cigarettes A Memoir By Hijuelos, Oscar (Book - 2011 ) B H539H 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Celebrated author Oscar Hijuelos, whose mother was a poet, explores how his New York City childhood, Cuban heritage and a difficult year-long stay in Cuba shaped his adulthood and his writing.

"Language Is A Place of Struggle"
"Language Is A Place of Struggle" Great Quotes by People of Color (Book - 2009 ) 305.8 L2695 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:As with poetry, well-chosen words such as the ones presented here can encapsulate and illuminate experiences and perspectives, connecting people and places. As Angela Davis said, “Walls turned sideways are bridges.” (pg. 252)

A Baker's Odyssey
A Baker's Odyssey Celebrating Time-honored Recipes From America's Rich Immigrant Heritage By Patent, Greg (Book - 2007 ) 641.815 P2726B 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:Researched in real home kitchens and arranged by baking style rather than country, this book highlights the commonalities and basics of how immigrant bakers recall home.

Who's Yer Daddy?
Who's Yer Daddy? Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners (Book - 2012 ) 810.93526 W6209 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 2 copies

Annotation:Blanco contributed a piece to this collection of essays in which gay writers present their inspirations—often other writers and artists, and sometimes their own fathers.

For All of Us, One Today
For All of Us, One Today An Inaugural Poet's Journey By Blanco, Richard (Book - 2013 ) B B598B 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 17 copies

Annotation:Blanco tells of his experiences as 2013 inaugural poet, the fifth in history, the youngest, first immigrant, first Latino, first openly gay writer to hold the honor. He reveals the inspiration and challenges behind the creation of the poem, “One Today,” and reflects on his life-changing role as a public voice after the inauguration.

Annotation:Our librarians have compiled a list of poetry for further reading, so if you enjoy Richard Blanco's poetry, check out these other suggestions.

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Richard Blanco's "For All of Us, One Today" is the 2014 Seattle Reads selection. In addition to these reading suggestions, you can find the complete reading group guide here: http://goo.gl/B7VU4.


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