Sharp socio-political insights, opinions, leadership advice from devout young woman.
A couple of related links. Yassmin’s been busy.
For what it’s worth, as a writer, I side with Lionel Shriver on the cultural appropriation issue. I want to see a diverse world in the books I read, rather than every character being a slightly altered version of the author themselves. Here’s an article that says it quite well.
Today Will be Different by Maria Semple
Gleefully nasty judgments, hilarious self-recriminations, followed by dramatic bad behavior.
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
Brilliant, baroque, sensual, twisted, Rashomon marriage, but such terrible people.
American War by Omar El Akkad
Bone-chilling plausibility. Fierce girl shaped by domestic terrorism-ravaged, near-future America.
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Disturbed, pining, faithful, faithless characters. Hot bothered Austen meets Halloween.
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
First-hand account of history. Revealing, warm, humorous, fiercely intelligent, heart-breaking.
Come With Me to Babylon by Paul Levitt
Multiple (sometimes confusing) POVs highlight different downsides to American dreaming.