Review: Sultana’s Dream is actually a short story and not a whole book, which I didn’t realize until it came to an abrupt end. It’s about a woman’s dream of an utopian society of women who took over the running of their from the men after they suffered a massive military defeat. The story of how the women came to power is my favorite part of … Continue reading Sultana’s Dream by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, translated by Roushan Jahan
It’s been forever since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday, but I have missed them. In case you aren’t familiar with this weekly meme, Top Ten Tuesday is put on by the Broke and the Bookish. They put out a list of topics by Tuesdays and lots of book bloggers join in the fun, linking their posts book to the originator of the meme. Today’s … Continue reading TTT: Top Ten book recommendations for WIT Month!
Review: I, Rigoberta Menchu is listed as a “testimonial biography”, biography, and a memoir. Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, who wrote it down for her, calls it a narrative. Menchu narrated her story for Burgos and it is written in the first person. I had read another narrative by an activist when I was writing my old blog, it was The Narrative of Sojourner Truth. Since it’s consistently listed as … Continue reading I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright
Review: This is an amazing collection of short stories. Normally, I don’t read horror but the title is so compelling. I just had to read the whole book as soon as I read the title. It is super creepy. Like, really really creepy. Creeped out at a level that I haven’t been since the last time I read a Stephen King collection of short stories. … Continue reading Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enríquez, translated by Megan McDowell
Review: On Black Sisters Street is a dark but good book about the lives of women who have been trafficked to Belgium from Nigeria. It’s sad and a little heartbreaking, but it’s not disaster porn, if that makes any sense. One of my favorite scenes involves one character telling another what to say to the people at the embassy because some of us Western countries get … Continue reading On Black Sisters Street by Chika Unigwe, translated by Jonathon Cape
Today in South Africa, it’s National Women’s Day. While this is not my holiday, as I am not South African, I thought it would still be nice to share some books about South African women on their day. This holiday commemorates a pretty spectacular Women’s March in South Africa back in 1956. I didn’t find any books specifically about the March, but check out the … Continue reading It’s National Women’s Day in South Africa
As previously stated, I am celebrating Women In Translation Month along with some other bloggers and publishers. Last year was my first time and I loved it! I did write a wrap up post last year too but it missed some of the reviews of books I finished when the month was over. If you want to celebrate and don’t know what to try here … Continue reading TBT: WIT Month Reads from last year
Review: My first WIT Month rec of the year! Island Beneath the Sea written by Isabel Allende, translated by Margaret Sayers Peden, and read by S. Epatha Merkerson. It is an astounding story that revolves around the life of Zarite, a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue. With a total length just under 18 hours, this is a bit more of an audiobook than I typically prefer to … Continue reading Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
Women in Translation Month has been gaining traction over the last few years and with good reason. It may be easy to pretend that the only writers to worry about are those who write in your own language, you would be sadly mistaken. Some of our best literature and most revamped adaptations have come from other countries, most notably the amazing history of French classics … Continue reading Welcome to Women in Translation Month!
Review: I had no idea this was even possible! I picked up the book as my Read Harder 2017 Task 1: Read a book about sports. Swimming is my favorite sport to participate in, mostly because I’m so introverted that I love the solitary nature of it. It’s also one of the few exercises that you can do right and not feel pain for days … Continue reading Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of Long Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox