January 2016

Note: sx salon will not be accepting unsolicited book reviews until June 2016. We continue to offer the following partial list, however, in order to highlight newly published books in Caribbean Literature and Caribbean Studies. If you have any questions about sx salon book reviews, please contact our book review editor Vanessa K. Valdés (vkv@smallaxe.net).

Featured book:

Martin Espada cover

Vivas to Those Who Have Failed, by Martín Espada (2016)

The Angels’ Share, by Garfield Ellis (2016)
The Gymnast and Other Positions: Stories, Essays, and Interviews, by Jacqueline Bishop (2015)
Memory at Bay, by Evelyn Trouillot, trans. Paul Curtis Daw (2015)
White Light, by Vanessa Garcia (2015)
Prisnms, by Garth St. Omer (2015)
El exilio de los asesinos y otras historias de amor, by Mayra Santos Febres (2015)
Fifteen Dogs, by André Alexis (2015)
Make Your Home among Strangers, by Jennine Capó Crucet (2015)
Sofrito, by Phillippe Diedrich (2015)
The Star Side of Bird Hill, by Naomi Jackson (2015)
Show and Prove, by Sofia Quintero (2015)
Shadowshaper, by Daniel José Older (2015)
The Lost Child, by Caryl Phillips (2015)
The Distant Marvels, by Chantel Acevedo (2015)
The Whale House and Other Stories, by Sharon Millar (2015)
Red Jacket, by Pamela Mordecai (2015)
Leaving by Plane Swimming back Underwater, by Lawrence Scott (2015)
Le Griot de la peinture, by Ernest Pépin (2014)
When the Bottom Falls Out and Other Stories, by H. Nigel Thomas (2014)
The Other Side of the Sea, by Louis-Philippe Dalembert, trans. Robert H. McCormick, Jr. (2014)
The Last Ship, by Jan Lowe Shinebourne (2014)
Uncle Brother, by Barbara Lalla (2014)
Ready to Burst, by Frankétienne, trans. Kaiama Glover (2014)
House of Ashes, by Monique Roffey (2014)
Stella, by Emeric Bergeaud, trans. Adriana Umaña Hossman (1859/2014)
Drifting, by Katia D. Ulysse (2014)
Six Stories and an Essay, by Andrea Levy (2014)
Inner Yardie, by Patricia Cumper (2014)
Mrs. B, by Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw (2014)
Island Voices, by Philip Nanton (2014)
Puerto Rican Folktales/Cuentos Folclóricos Puertorriqueños, by Lisa Sánchez González (2014)

Nine Coins/Nueve monedas, by Carlos Pintado (2015)
The Woman Who Knew, by Donna Aza Weir-Soley (2015)
Je suis la fille du baobab brûlé, by Rodney Saint-Éloi (2015)
Providential, by Colin Channer (2015)
Poetry of Haitian Independence, Ed. by Doris Y. Kadish and Deborah Jenson (2015)
The Strange Years of My Life, Nicholas Laughlin (2015)
The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon, by Willie Perdomo (2014)
Haiti Glass, by Lenelle Moïse (2014)
The Merchant of Feathers, by Tanya Shirley (2014)
The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, by Kei Miller (2014)
God’s Spider, by Cyril Dabydeen (2014)
Bendición: The Complete Poetry of Tato Laviera, by Tato Laviera (2014)
Another Crossing, by Khadijah Ibrahim (2014)
Sounding Ground, by Vladimir Lucien (2014)
The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013, by Derek Walcott and Glyn Maxwell (2014)
Night Vision, by Kendal Hippolyte (2014)
Boricua Passport, by J.L. Torres (2014)

Two Plays: Couvade & A Pleasant Career, by Michael Gilkes (2014)

Memoir, by Rosario Ferré, trans. by Suzanne Hintz and Benigno Trigo (2015)
A Sky the Color of Chaos: Based on the True Story of My Haitian Childhood, by M.J. Fievre (2015)
Deported to Paradise: Essays and Memories, by Edgar Nkosi White (2015)
‘Membering, by Austin Clarke (2015)
The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood, by Richard Blanco (2014)

Junot Díaz and the Decolonial Imaginary, ed. by Monica Hanna, Jennifer Harford Vargas, and José David Saldívar (2016)
She is Cuba: A Genealogy of the Mulata Body, by Melissa Blanco Borelli (2016)
Léon-Gontran Damas: Une Négritude entière, ed. by Hanétha Vété-Congolo (2016)
Reading Junot Diaz, by Christopher González (2015)
Calypso Jews: Jewishness in the Caribbean Literary Imaginary, by Sarah Phillips Casteel (2015)
Impossible Returns: Narratives of the Cuban Diaspora, by Iraida H. López (2015)
Frantz Fanon: Philosopher of the Barricades, by Peter Hudis (2015)
Haydée Santamaria, Cuban Revolutionary: She Led by Transgression, by Margaret Randall (2015)
Caribbeanness as a Global Phenomenon, by Rebecca Fuchs (2015)
Tropical Apocalypse: Haiti and the Caribbean End of Times, by Martin Munro (2015)
The Haitian Peasantry through Oral and Written Literature, by Toni Pressley-Sanon (2015)
The Repeating Body: Slavery’s Visual Resonance in the Contemporary, by Kimberly Juanita Brown (2015)
On the Edge: Writing the Border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, by Maria Cristina Fumagalli (2015)
Beyond Windrush: Rethinking Postwar Anglophone Caribbean Literature, ed. by J. Dillon Brown and Leah Reade Rosenberg
Volcanique: une anthologie du plaisir, ed. by Léonora Miano (2015)
The Transatlantic Zombie: Slavery, Rebellion, and Living Death, by Sarah Juliet Lauro (2015)
Intersections of Harm: Narratives of Latina Deviance and Defiance, by Laura Halperin (2015)
Prophetic Visions of the Past: Pan-Caribbean Representations of the Haitian Revolution, by Víctor Figueroa (2015)
When the Devil Knocks: The Congo Tradition and the Politics of Blackness in Twentieth-Century Panama, by Renée Alexander Craft (2015)
Our Caribbean Kin: Race and Nation in the Neoliberal Antilles, by Alaí Reyes-Santos (2015)
Freedom as Marronage, by Neil Roberts (2015)
Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World, by Gary Wilder (2015)
Caribbean Crossing: African Americans and the Haitian Emigration Movement, by Sara Fanning (2015)
Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865, by Marlene L. Daut (2015)
Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post-Quake Chronicle, by Gina Athena Ulysse (2015)
Market Aesthetics: The Purchase of the Past in Caribbean Diasporic Fiction, by Elena Machado Sáez (2015)
The Things That Fly in the Night: Female Vampires in Literature of the Circum-Caribbean and African Diaspora, by Giselle Liza Anatol (2015)
Aimé Césaire, la part intime, by Alfred Alexandre (2014)
Jamaica’s Difficult Subjects: Negotiating Sovereignty in Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Criticism, by Sheri-Marie Harrison (2014)
Changing the Subject: Writing Women across the African Diaspora, by K. Merinda Simmons (2014)
A Poetics of Performance: The Oral-Scribal Aesthetic in Anglophone Caribbean Fiction, by Carol Bailey (2014)
Citizenship under Pressure: The 1970s in Jamaican Literature and Culture, by Rachel L. Mordecai (2014)
The Haitian Revolution in the Literary Imagination: Radical Horizons, Conservative Constraints, by Philip Kaisary (2014)
The People's Poet: Life and Myth of Ismael Rivera, an Afro-Caribbean Icon, by Rosa Elena Carrasquillo (2014)
The Grenada Revolution in the Caribbean Present, by Shalini Puri (2014)
Imaging the Great Puerto Rican Family: Framing Nation, Race and Gender during the American Century, by Hilda Lloréns (2014)
The Colonial Art of Demonizing Others, by Esther Lezra (2014)
Telling West Indian Lives: Life Narrative and the Reform of Plantation Slavery Cultures, Sue Thomas (2014)
Coloniality of Diasporas: Rethinking Intra-colonial Migrations in a Pan-Caribbean Context, Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel (2014)
Caribbean Literary Discourse: Voice and Cultural Identity in the Anglophone Caribbean, by Barbara Lalla, Jean D'Costa, Velma Pollard (2014)
Dream Nation: Puerto Rican Culture and the Fictions of Independence, by María Acosta Cruz (2014)
Our Nuyorican Thing, The Birth of a Self-Made Identity, by Samuel Diaz Carrion (2014)
Creole Renegades: Rhetoric of Betrayal and Guilt in the Caribbean Diaspora, by Bénédicte Boisseron (2014)
Amistad A Hidden Network of Slavers and Merchants, by Michael Zeuske (2014)