In Marin / READING LIST
MM: What is the main message
of your foreword?
DS: The topic of my foreword is to
introduce the 69 voices of the women of
color whose essays are in the anthology.
In 2005 I published my memoir Space
Between the Stars: My Journey to an Open
Heart, in which I shared my personal
story of growing up biracial and coming
of age in the 1960s. All the Women in My
Family Sing is an extension of my story
as told through the women whose essays
bravely tell of personal struggles around
immigration, identity, romance, self-worth and creativity.
MM: How does it feel to give these
voices a platform?
DS: At this momentous time in our
MM: How do you view the power
world, our nation and our collective
consciousness, it is important to begin
to look much more intensely at what we
have in common as human beings rather
than what separates us. I am honored
to bring the stories of women of color to
the forefront, asking people who are not
of color to read them so that they may
understand the privilege they have lived
with and the ways others have been held
back or oppressed.
of women’s voices/stories in our
DS: Since the Women’s March in
January 2017, there has been a growing
sense of solidarity among women who
refuse to be silenced. What began as a
protest of women from every racial and
socioeconomic background has evolved
into a social and political movement.
We have seen arguably some of the most
prominent, influential men in television and Holly wood be ejected from the
industry once women began to bravely
step forward to share their horror stories
of sexual assault and abuse. There is a
growing need to illuminate the diversity
and complexity of women’s experiences
in the world. CALIN VAN PARIS
Author Talk All the Women in My Family Sing by
Deborah Santana (San Rafael), Nothing But The
Truth Publishing, $15.95. This is an anthology
documenting the experiences of women of
color at the dawn of the 21st century. It is a
vital collection of prose and poetry whose
topics range from the pressures of being the
vice-president of a Fortune 500 Company to escaping the killing
fields of Cambodia. Thoughtfully edited by Deborah Santana.
Appearing at Book Passage Corte Madera February 3, 7 p.m.
A False Report: A True Story of Rape in
America by T. Christian Miller (Berkeley),
Crown, $28. T. Christian Miller and Ken
Armstrong, both Pulitzer Prize–winning
journalists, unite to tell the riveting true
story of Marie, a teenager who was charged
with lying about having been raped, and
the detectives who followed a winding path to arrive at the
truth. Based on investigative files and extensive interviews
with the principals. Appearing at Book Passage San Francisco
February 6, 6 p.m.
Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan (Piedmont),
Random House, $26. This is a story-driven col-
lection of essays on the 12 powerful phrases
we use to sustain our relationships. In praise
of Tell Me More, Lena Dunham writes that
Corrigan “transforms the mundane pain of life
into a necessary spiritual text of sorts, one that reminds us
that we have the right to grieve but the obligation to be grate-
ful.” To celebrate the launch of her latest title, Corrigan will
be joined by acclaimed musician Matt Nathanson for a spe-
cial evening of notes and words at Book Passage. Appearing
at Book Passage Corte Madera February 7, 7 p.m.
Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik
(Larkspur), Ballantine Books, $27. This spell-
binding debut novel follows trailblazing poet
Forugh Farrokhzhad, who defied Iranian soci-
ety to find her voice and her destiny. Inspired
by Farrokhzad’s verse, letters, films and
interviews and including original translations of her poems,
Jasmin Darznik has written a haunting novel, using the lens of
fiction to capture the tenacity, spirit and conflicting desires of
a brave woman who represents the birth of feminism in Iran.
Appearing at Book Passage Corte Madera February 13, 7 p.m.
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Reviews by Book Passage Marketing Manager Zack Ruskin.
We sat down with San
Rafael’s Deborah Santana
to discuss All the Women
in My Family Sing: Women
Write the World: Essays
on Equality, Justice, and
Freedom, a new anthology
centering on experiences of
women of color published,
edited and with a foreword
by the author.