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Opinions expressed are mine and mine alone - unless otherwise stated.
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
BY SHERMAN ALEXIE
I was intrigued from the moment I saw the cover of Sherman Alexie's latest book, which showcases a beautiful picture of his mother, Lillian, and older sister, Mary. The picture relates to the legacy of beautiful resilience and casual brutality explored throughout the book, but I did not expect it to touch me so deeply. I listened to the audio version read by Sherman Alexie himself, and his emotion, whether he is using his "urban Indian" voice or the rez accent of family and friends, is evident and packs a punch. As an adult orphan, mother, sister, teacher, activist, and minority who is often "the only one" and who has anger on behalf of and fear for my people and our country, this book broke my heart in places and healed it in others. Everyone should read this book. Everyone.
The Fifth Season
BY N. K. JEMISIN
This book was on my list even before it started winning awards. I had to wait to read it because I had a feeling that once I picked it up, I wouldn't be able to put it down until I was finished, and I had way too much writing of my own to do to risk it! It was a smart decision. Though the book starts with a tragic event, and the world is full of intricacies and storylines that take some time to interweave, these elements are presented through intelligent and poetic language and extremely compelling characters. I cannot wait to work my way through the entire Jemisin canon.
The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell
BY W. KAMAU BELL
Listening to W. Kamau Bell's reflect on his life - from childhood times when his mom let him use pre-ripped, too small clothes to Hulk out of to awkward moments bombing during stand-up was made even better by his dry delivery. Don't worry if you think you won't relate because you aren't a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian like Bell. There were many times when I identified with his "awkward thoughts" (case in point: while playing sports, "Whose idea was this? When can we stop? Where can I stand where the ball won't come to me??!), and even when I didn't relate, the material was still laugh-out-loud funny!