I am participating in Armchair BEA this year. Armchair BEA is a chance for book lovers' who cannot attend BookExpo America (BEA) to join in the fun from the comfort of their own homes.
Beyond the Borders
I thought this would be an easy post. After all, I love the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign. I love books that are set in other cultures than my own. I read to expand my world. But...there are so many great books out there that can take you to another time or place. Every book will take you into someone else's life, and, even if that life mirrors your own, it will still be a different life. But that's not what #WeNeedDiverseBooks is about. So here is a sampling of some of the great books that I have read this year that I feel represent in some way the campaign for more diversity in books. Some of these books might not be obvious, so if you are curious why I included a book, please ask me, and I would be happy to discuss my choices. My favorites have asterisks after them.
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Hidden by Helen Frost
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie**
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
Legend & Prodigy by Marie Lu
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki**
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby**
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz**
Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur
What are your favorites?