This is the second go-round for the DiverseAThon created by Booktubers Joce, Christina Marie, Monica, and Whitney. The DiverseAThon was created in the Fall of 2016 as a reaction to a Booktuber who had a meltdown about diversity in literature and how it doesn’t matter. Joining as a fifth host is Simon from Savidge Reads. The goal of DiverseAThon is to read and celebrate diverse literature during the week of January 22-29, 2017.
You can join in the discussion on Twitter at the hashtag #DiverseAThon. There will also be daily chats on Twitter hosted through the @DiverseAThon handle and there is also a daily prompt schedule for readers participating through Instagram. See the schedules below.
I did not participate in the first DiverseAThon but am jumping in for this 2nd event. I am pulling books from my upcoming TBR list which is quite large (10 books). My TBR includes print books, as well as audio and eBooks. Several of the books on my TBR include books I’ve already started but will finish or continue reading during the week the DiverseAThon runs. A few of the books I’ve chosen coincide with my 2017 Bookish Resolutions to read books by Samuel R. Delany and the theme feminism/womanism. I’ve have a few books set in Asia (China and India), as well as one of the books features Nairobi, Africa. I’m also continuing to read a non-fiction book about the history of AIDS research. I expect to continue reading this book past the end of DiverseAThon. Below is the full list of my DiverseAThon TBR. Happy reading everyone.Title: The Jewels of Aptor
Author(s): Samuel R. Delany
Title: Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1995-2015
One of the most universally acclaimed 1st novels in science fiction - by the man who become one of the most stellar writers in the genre's history. On the orders of Argo, the White Goddess, an itinerant poet and his three companions journey to the island of Aptor. Their mission is to seize a jewel from the dark god Hama and bring it back home. With this precious stone Argo may defeat the malign forces gathered against her and the land of Leptor. But, as the group presses deep into the enigmatic heart of Aptor, easy distinctions between good and evil blur, and somehow the task seems less straightforward. For Argo already owns two of the jewels and possession of the third would give her unqualified power. As the four friends already know, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Author(s): Kevin Young
Title: The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #1)
A rich and lively gathering of highlights from the first twenty years of an extraordinary career, interspersed with "B sides" and outtakes from this prolific and universally acclaimed poet.
Blue Laws gathers poems written over the past two decades, drawing from all nine of Kevin Young's previously published books of poetry and including a number of uncollected, often unpublished, poems. From his stunning lyric debut (Most Way Home,1995) and the amazing "double album" life of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2001, "remixed" for Knopf in 2005), through his brokenhearted Jelly Roll: A Blues and his recent forays into adult grief and the joys of birth in Dear Darkness and Book of Hours, this collection provides a grand tour of a poet whose personal poems and political poems are equally riveting. Together with wonderful outtakes and previously unseen blues, the profoundly felt poems here of family, Southern food, and loss are of a piece with the depth of personal sensibility and humanity found in his Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels or sequences such as "The Ballad of Jim Crow" and a new "Homage to Phillis Wheatley."
Author(s): Liu Cixin, Ken Liu
Title: How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS
The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple award winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.
Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.
Author(s): David France
Title: The Voice of Anna Julia Cooper: Including a Voice from the South and Other Important Essays, Papers, and Letters
The definitive history of the successful battle to halt the AIDS epidemic from the creator of, and inspired by, the seminal documentary How to Survive a Plague.
A riveting, powerful telling of the story of the grassroots movement of activists, many of them in a life-or-death struggle, who seized upon scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Ignored by public officials, religious leaders, and the nation at large, and confronted with shame and hatred, this small group of men and women chose to fight for their right to live by educating themselves and demanding to become full partners in the race for effective treatments. Around the globe, 16 million people are alive today thanks to their efforts.
Not since the publication of Randy Shilts's classic And the Band Played On has a book measured the AIDS plague in such brutally human, intimate, and soaring terms.
In dramatic fashion, we witness the founding of ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group), and the rise of an underground drug market in opposition to the prohibitively expensive (and sometimes toxic) AZT. We watch as these activists learn to become their own researchers, lobbyists, drug smugglers, and clinicians, establishing their own newspapers, research journals, and laboratories, and as they go on to force reform in the nation s disease-fighting agencies.
With his unparalleled access to this community David France illuminates the lives of extraordinary characters, including the closeted Wall Street trader-turned-activist, the high school dropout who found purpose battling pharmaceutical giants in New York, the South African physician who helped establish the first officially recognized buyers club at the height of the epidemic, and the public relations executive fighting to save his own life for the sake of his young daughter.
Expansive yet richly detailed, this is an insider's account of a pivotal moment in the history of American civil rights. Powerful, heart-wrenching, and finally exhilarating, How to Survive a Plague is destined to become an essential part of the literature of AIDS.
Author(s): Anna Julia Cooper, Charles Lemert, Esme Bhan
Title: Nairobi Heat
Lemert and Bhan bring to life the remarkable Anna Julia Cooper (1858-1964), teacher, scholar, social activist, college president, writer, and emblem of black women of America. Although there are two important biographical studies of Cooper, by Louise Daniel Hutchinson (1981) and Leona C. Gabel (1982), this is the first collection of her writings. It includes her most famous published work, A Voice from the South, by a Black Woman of the South (1892), and an array of essays, speeches, and letters previously accessible only through archival collections, primarily Howard University's Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. The "voice" of Cooper clearly indicates an individual who knows who she is, what she believes, and what she wants and is forthright in presenting her views and convictions on race politics, feminism, social services, education, race and culture, and slavery. It is a "voice" well worth reading for the ideas and convictions expressed but also as a reflection of the progress and lack of progress in American culture. Editors Lemert (sociology, Wesleyan Univ.) and Bhan, former principal curator at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and former director of the African American indexing project at the Smithsonian Institution, have created a book that belongs in all academic libraries.
Author(s): Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ
Title: The Association of Small Bombs
For fans of smart foreign crime books, an action-packed crime story in an unusual setting—Kenya—and rooted in fascinating African history
In Madison, Wisconsin, it’s a big deal when African peace activist Joshua Hakizimana—famous for saving hundreds of people from the Rwandan genocide—accepts a position at the university. Then a young girl is found murdered on his doorstep.
For local police Detective Ishmael—an African American in an “extremely white” town—it seems like the kind of crime that happens in an area where the Ku Klux Klan still holds rallies. But then he gets a mysterious phone call: “If you want the truth, you must go to its source. The truth is in the past. Come to Nairobi.”
It’s the beginning of a journey that will take Ishmael to a place still vibrating from the surrounding genocide, where big-oil money rules and where the local cops shoot first and ask questions later.
And although it’s the land of his ancestors, it becomes a disorienting and terrifying quest through the slums of Nairobi, a place where knowing the truth about history can kill you.
Author(s): Karan Mahajan
Title: The Perfect Find
FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2016
When brothers Tushar and Nakul Khurana, two Delhi schoolboys, pick up their family’s television set at a repair shop with their friend Mansoor Ahmed one day in 1996, disaster strikes without warning. A bomb—one of the many “small” bombs that go off seemingly unheralded across the world—detonates in the Delhi marketplace, instantly claiming the lives of the Khurana boys, to the devastation of their parents.
Mansoor survives, bearing the physical and psychological effects of the bomb. After a brief stint at university in America, Mansoor returns to Delhi, where his life becomes entangled with the mysterious and charismatic Ayub, a fearless young activist whose own allegiances and beliefs are more malleable than Mansoor could imagine. Woven among the story of the Khuranas and the Ahmeds is the tale of Shockie, a Kashmiri bomb maker who has forsaken his own life for the independence of his homeland.
Author(s): Tia Williams
Title: Difficult Women
Will a forty-year-old woman with everything on the line – her high-stakes career, ticking biological clock, bank account – risk it all for a lusty secret romance with the one person who could destroy her comeback?
Jenna Jones, former It-girl fashion editor, is broke and desperate for a second chance. When she’s dumped by her longtime fiancé and fired from Darling magazine, she begs for a job at StyleZine.com from her old arch nemesis, Darcy Vale. But Jenna soon realizes she’s in over her head. She’s working with digital-savvy millennials half her age, has never even “Twittered,” and pretends to still be a Fashion Somebody while living a style lie (she sold her designer wardrobe to afford her sketched-out studio, and now quietly wears Walmart’s finest). Worse? The twenty-two-year-old videographer assigned to shoot her web series is driving her crazy. Wildly sexy with a smile Jenna feels in her thighs, Eric Combs is way off-limits – but almost too delicious to resist.
Written by the bestselling author of The Accidental Diva, The Perfect Find is a scandalously sexy, laugh-out-loud saga about star-crossed love and starting over.
Author(s): Roxane Gay
Title: The Sympathizer
Gay returns with Difficult Women, a collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection.
The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and must negotiate the marriage of one of them. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. From a girls’ fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay delivers a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America reminiscent of Merritt Tierce, Jamie Quatro, and Miranda July.
Author(s): Viet Thanh Nguyen
The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as five other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.