Two nice new reviews came in today. S. Ann Dunham's Surviving against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia is reviewed in Asia Times. Reviewer Dinesh Sharma interviews many people who knew Dunham and concludes that her son, President Barack Obama, was much influenced by her. The role of peacemaker is "in his DNA," he writes. "Part and parcel of an inheritance that harkens back to his mother's early socialization, the role of the peacemaker is a product of a transmuted, intergenerational dream of changing the world one village at a time. His mother's unfinished dreams, albeit tenuously, still bind the elements of Obama's foreign and domestic policies with his political identity."
Also garnering a thoughtful review is Magdalena Zaborowska's James Baldwin's Turkish Decade: Erotics of Exile. Writing in the Gay and Lesbian Review/Worldwide, James Polchin says Zaborowska's book "situates Baldwin within a complicated constellation of sexual, racial, and national identities, and offers a subtle analysis of Baldwin that moves beyond simple classifications." He says the book "will make you want to reread Another Country and his later works with a new context of understanding."