Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Celebrating Diversity

     Books That Celebrate Diversity! Such as: features minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC,  neurotypical character, LGBTQ, etc 

1. On Beauty by Zadie Smith

 Beautifully written novel about a mixed race family in the Boston area. Subtly and at times brazenly highlighting the ways in which they come to terms with what they want and what their identity is. 

2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

  Amazing and heartrending novel set mostly in Afghanistan. Shows the caste system and a world which few people in the Western hemisphere sees portrayed. 

3. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

  One of my favorites. Set in China, it follows a peasant farmer who prefers to live in the glory of his land than his family. 

4. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

   Talk about heartrending, this novel is about a poor Irish family in a Depression-era Brooklyn. Gives you a vivid telling of life growing up poor as an immigrant. 

5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

  A shocking novel about the hard life of Henrietta Lacks and how her misfortune aided in the treatment and recognition of disease to further the advancement of medicine. It sheds light on the unequal way African-Americans were treated medically. 

6. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

  Cute, quirky graphic novel set around Chinese myths to a Chinese-American child. 

7. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

  Based on true characters in 19th century southern America. The two man characters are a privileged white woman who seeks to help abolish slavery and the mindset of racism and a slave woman who works outside of Charleston, South Carolina. 

8.  A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

  This was the first novel to have one of the settings in modern Japan. A world I never really thought that much of before. It seems wild with life, lights and themed cafes. Gives a glimpse into the Japanese traditions and mindsets, like suicide.  

9. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

  My favorite book so far by Khaled Hosseini. This one is based around two women in Kabul. It brings to light the injustices women are forced to live with and what limited choices they have under certain regimes. 

10. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

 This is a recent read for me. It shows the cultural differences between America and Pakistan. Quick, captivating read. 


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