NewInBooks’ #WeNeedDiverseBooks Picks for August
21 Aug 2015
We are 100% behind the We Need Diverse Books campaign. The more sorts of lives, cultures and perspectives that we can experience through literature, the better. This month there were some particularly great releases by diverse authors, that you can read more about below.
The scope and brilliance of The Incarnations is ineffable, but we will do our best. Susan Barker has masterfully woven history, humanism, communism, and madness into one delectable novel. Wang is a middle aged taxi driver with a complex past. The son of a deviant mother and communist elite, his story is but one of many depicted in The Incarnations, which alternates between Wang’s current life in pre-olympics Beijing, and stories of his past lives throughout 1000 years of Chinese history.
Nalo Hopkinson, internationally acclaimed author of Midnight Robber, weaves wonderful stories of magic, mischief, and emotion. Falling in Love with Hominids, her latest release and a collection of short stories, redefines werewolves in the first story and only picks up steam from there. Nalo synthesizes Afro-Caribbean, Canadian, and American influences into engaging, multi-dimensional stories that you wont want to put down.
Fans of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah will get similarly swept away in Tendai Huchu’s The Hairdresser of Harare. A portrayal of a rapidly changing modern Zimbabwe, The Hairdresser of Harare follows the friendship of talented hairdresser Vimbai and suave Dumisani through times good and, suddenly, unexpectedly, bad.
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