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Interesting books coming out in early 2013

January 2013, Andrea Stuart, Sugar in the Blood : A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire: "Andrea Stuart uses her own family story as the pivot of an epic tale, examining the ways in which the sugar crop cultivated on the island of Barbados created nations, enriched Europe beyond its wildest imaginings, and precipitated the enslavement of the millions of Africans in the Americas. Interspersing the tectonic shifts of colonial history with her own ancestors' experiences, Stuart explores, with subtlety and sensitivity, how this one particular commodity has shaped the destiny of her family-its identity, genealogy, place of origin, varying hues of skin-and how our hunger for it has mobilized forces that converged to shape the world for four centuries and counting."

February 2013, J.G. Ballard, Miracles of Life: Shanghai to Shepperton, An Autobiography.

February 2013, Karen Lord, The Best of All Possible Worlds: "A proud and aloof alien society finds their homeland destroyed, and now must reach out to the rest of the galaxy for aid and understanding. The survivors strive to preserve their cherished way of life, but learn they may only be able to protect it by changing it forever. And an alien man and a very human woman work together to create the destiny of this vanishing race...and find their own destinies in each other."

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veejane
Sep. 19th, 2012 12:07 am (UTC)
Wait wait wait, isn't J. G. Ballard thee years dead? Please tell me he's got a co-author. (Or I suppose it could be the longest copyedit in history.)
oracne
Sep. 19th, 2012 12:30 pm (UTC)
China Mieville was the editor, I think - I didn't look it up to find further information.
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