Review highlights mass appeal of new novel ‘Lebanese Blonde’

by Emily September 11, 2012

The story of two Lebanese immigrant cousins who concoct a scheme to import a potent strain of hashish into the United States using the family’s mortuary business as a cover, Joseph Geha’s Lebanese Blonde┬áhas been praised as “a book for all libraries with eager fiction readers” by a recent Booklist review. “The complexity of character building and plot structure ensures that what could have been an outrageous climax is believable and satisfying,” the review states. Lebanese Blonde┬átakes place in 1975-76 at the beginning of Lebanon’s sectarian civil war. Set primarily in the Toledo, Ohio, “Little Syria” community, the novel follows […]

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Jackie Ormes Named Best Book by Village Voice

by University of Michigan Press December 12, 2008

Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist by Nancy Goldstein has been named a Best Book of 2008 by the Village Voice. “Jackie (nee Zelda) Ormes created four different newspaper-cartoon series that were nationally syndicated in Black American newspapers from 1937 to 1956. Her politically astute, elegantly drawn, and predominantly female characters were a bracing collective to the “coon and mammy” caricatures promulgated by many white cartoonists during those years. Ormes’s hitherto underexposed work is celebrated in this lavishly illustrated career biography.” Carol Cooper Jackie Ormes has also been named an American Library Association Booklist Top 10 Biography of […]

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