Yassmin’s Story (Recommended)

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Sharp socio-political insights, opinions, leadership advice from devout young woman.

A couple of related links. Yassmin’s been busy.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/sep/10/as-lionel-shriver-made-light-of-identity-i-had-no-choice-but-to-walk-out-on-her

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.

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/festival-outrage-why-the-shaming-of-lionel-shriver-leads-to-a-literary-ghetto-20161013-gs1dza.html

 

 

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Today Will be Different (Highly Recommended)

Today Will be Different by Maria Semple

Gleefully nasty judgments, hilarious self-recriminations, followed by dramatic bad behavior.

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Fates and Furies

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Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Brilliant, baroque, sensual, twisted, Rashomon marriage, but such terrible people.

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American War (Highly Recommended)

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American War by Omar El Akkad

Bone-chilling plausibility. Fierce girl shaped by domestic terrorism-ravaged, near-future America.

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The Essex Serpent (Recommended)

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Disturbed, pining, faithful, faithless characters. Hot bothered Austen meets Halloween.

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What Happened (Recommended)

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What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

First-hand account of history. Revealing, warm, humorous, fiercely intelligent, heart-breaking.

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Come With Me To Babylon (Recommended)

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Come With Me to Babylon by Paul Levitt

Multiple (sometimes confusing) POVs highlight different downsides to American dreaming.

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