Wednesday, March 14, 2012

You Have Given Me A Country, Neela Vaswani's America

Show description for Sunday 3/4/2012 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Our guest this afternoon on the 5 o'clock hour, Neela Vaswani. We will be discussing her most recent work, You Have Given Me a Country, winner of the American Book Award 2011.

You Have Given Me a Country is a mixed-genre exploration of blurred borders, identity, and what it means to be bicultural. Combining memoir, history, and fiction, the book follows the paths of the author’s Irish-Catholic mother and Sindhi-Indian father on their journey towards each other and the biracial child they create. Vaswani’s second full-length work thematically echoes such books as The Color of Water, Running in the Family, or Motiba’s Tattoos, but is entirely unique in approach, voice, and story, The book reveals the self as a culmination of all that went before it, a new weave of two varied, yet ultimately universal backgrounds that spans continents, generations, languages, wars, and, at the center of it all, family.

-ForeWord Book of the Year. Gold Medal. Essay category. 2010.
-Independent Book Publisher's Award (IPPY). Silver Medal. Multicultural fiction. 2010.

-Honor Book. Asian/Pacific American Literature Award. Nonfiction category. 2010.

-Honor Book. Association for Asian American Studies Book Award. Prose category. 2010.


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Louis Armstrong & His OrchestraStruttin' With Some BarbecueSwing That Music (ep)Swaggie

Rose Murphy featuring Slam StewartBig Noise From WinnetkaDinah b/w Big Noise From WinnetkaDecca

Lucky Thompson & His Lucky 7Boppin' The BluesCrazy & CoolRCA

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Billy EckstinePrisoner Of LoveBilly Eckstine SingsNational

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Julian "Cannonball" AdderleyKelly BlueAfrican Waltz b/w Kelly BlueRiverside

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Bill Evans TrioMilestonesWaltz For DebbyRiverside

Oscar Brown, Jr.Man, Earnest BoyTells It Like It Is!Columbia

The Jazz MessengersEcarohThe Jazz MessengersColumbia

Sarah VaughnWords Can't DescribeSarah Vaughn & Her TrioEmercy

Stan GetzStella By StarlightStan Getz Quartet (ep)Clef

Coleman HawkinsPhantomesqueColeman Hawkins (ep)Aladdin

Dinah WashingtonMakebelieve DreamsDinah Washington Vol. 8Official

Frank Sinatra with Nelson RiddleOnly The Lonely Only The LonelyCapitol
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Louis Armstrong & His OrchestraSatchel Mouth SwingSwing That Music (ep)Swaggie

Honey HillBoogie WoogiePiano Jazz: Boogie Woogie Style (ep)Swaggie

Dinah WashingtonMad About The BoyDinah Washington Vol. 8Official

Ella Fitzgerald & Ellis LarkinsWhat Is There To Say? Songs In A Mellow Mood (ep)Decca

Garland WilsonSweet LorraineSwing Sessions 2 - 1938/1939Pathe Marconi

Oscar AlemanRussian LullabySwing Sessions 2 - 1938/1939Pathe Marconi
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