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

American Odysseys
American Odysseys Writings by New Americans (Book - 2013 ) 810.8092 Am3568 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Twenty-two selections from a range of novelists and poets explore the complex dreams, aspirations and losses of our nation of immigrants.

The Color of Summer, Or, The New Garden of Earthly Delights
The Color of Summer, Or, The New Garden of Earthly Delights By Arenas, Reinaldo (Book - 2001 ) FIC ARENAS 2001 Available in some locations

Annotation:In this scathingly inventive tragicomedy, Arenas plays out the dire injustices and absurdities he experienced as an openly gay poet in Castro’s Cuba.

The Anthologist
The Anthologist By Baker, Nicholson (Book - 2009 ) FIC BAKER 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Tasked with introducing a new collection of rhyming verse, procrastinating poet Paul Chowder takes us on a charming, irreverent tour of poetry, from the sublime to the ridiculous.

All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost
All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost By Chang, Lan Samantha (Book - 2010 ) FIC CHANG 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Enrolled in the same writing program, ambitious young poets Bernard and Roman pursue a lifelong quest for truth and beauty, but only one of them will achieve fame.

Dreaming in Cuban
Dreaming in Cuban A Novel By García, Cristina (Book - 1993 ) FIC GARCIA 1993 Available in some locations

Annotation:Three generations of del Pino women tell of the losses and gains of revolution and the wide physical and cultural gulfs it has opened up in their lives.

Cubop City Blues
Cubop City Blues By Medina, Pablo (Book - 2012 ) FIC MEDINA 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:His parents dying in exile, a blind storyteller weaves for them vivid, poetic tales of a lost city of the mind, pulsing with passion, heartbreak and jazz.

Adios, Happy Homeland!
Adios, Happy Homeland! By Menéndez, Ana (Book - 2011 ) FIC MENENDE 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:This lush meditation on belonging and exile is told in a beguiling variety of voices and multiplicity of styles, presented in a fictional anthology of the Cuban experience.

Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles
Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles By Rodríguez Milanés, Cecilia (Book - 2009 ) FIC RODRIGU 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 2 copies

Annotation:A second-generation Cuban-American author spins tales that look backward to those who fled her homeland, reckoning the price they paid for her own American dream.

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: 1 on 16 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.

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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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