March 25, 2010

I'm Reading


This week, I'm reading Edwidge Danticat's Brother I’m Dying.  A 2009 MacArthur Fellow, Danticat is a brilliant storyteller. She uses the power of creative nonfiction to bring you closer to the stories unfolding offering layers of complexity.  I have already shed tears.    The stories about Haiti's recent earthquake have faded from the media. Ruins remain.  Catastrophic devastation in Haiti is better understood in it's historical context. Brother I’m Dying delivers a paradigm to help us help Haiti. Danticat's storytelling about her family is about Haitian culture and life. Listen to Edwidge and maybe you will read her books.       




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