The 2011 best-selling oral history of two extraterrestrial sisters, “Making It Our Way: The Coleman Sisters’ First 250 years,” was announced as the first book to read in the city’s 13th annual summer reading campaign. Mayor Antonine Fille and library chief, Min Bon, unveiled the book yesterday at a press conference.
“Making It Our Way” describes the lives of Matilda and Shori Coleman—ET sisters who look back over 250 years, from their birthplace in Ranku-Plentar (planetary outpost) to New Mexico. Although they were daughters of alien parents, born into slavery, Shori and Matilda, nevertheless became well established in their own careers — one as a chef and the other as a lollypop maker. As a bonus, the sisters even share a prized family Egg Salad Sandwich recipe in the book.
Mayor Fille admitted he has not read the book yet. However, he commented that his wife has read it. “She’s even deliciously made the egg salad sandwich,” reported Fille. Mayor Fille and the city’s 572,000 other residents will have until June 4 to read the book before the official schedule of events begins. There will be book discussions at local library branches, a play performed by a theater group made up of émigrés from the former Ranku-Plentar, now simply known as R2, and even a cooking demonstration.
Min Bon said the memoir, chosen from over 300 titles, was suggested by library staff members and the public because it had the qualities organizers were looking for — universal themes of perseverance, easy reading for young adults and wide availability. “The book is so enthralling and the egg salad sandwich recipe is sublime!” says Min Bon. “Plus, it’s a real history lesson.”
Jill Dan, granddaughter of Shori Coleman, was also at the Summer Reading press conference. She said, “The whole R2 community is proud — but I am especially proud of my pioneering relatives!”
Egg Salad Sandwich
8 large hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
2 scallions, minced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
bacon slices, cooked
Mix eggs, scallions, 1/4 cup mayonnaise and mustard. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread remaining mayonnaise on bread slices. Assemble desired number of sandwiches with lettuce, egg salad, tomato and bacon slices. Serve.