Month: May 2016

Abnehmen mit der Keto-Diät (Low Carb, High Fat)

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Kein typisches Thema für meinen Blog:

Seit Anfang Februar esse ich keinen Zucker, keine Kohlenhydrate mehr: ketogene Ernährung.

Ich habe nicht dramatisch abgenommen – bisher sechs Kilo. Doch durch die Umstellung nehme ich – zum ersten Mal seit 2007 – nicht immer weiter zu. Ich mag meinen Körper. Mit 65 Kilo kann ich leben. Mit 80 auch. Egal. Nur fehlt mir Energie, mich dauernd in Verzicht und Disziplin zu üben: Seit der Umstellung auf Keto/LCHF (Low Carb, High Fat) kann ich mich satt essen, so oft ich will. Ich muss keine Kalorien zählen. Nicht weiter aufpassen oder mich zügeln.

Einfach Zucker, Stärke, Kohlenhydrate weg lassen.

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Dauernd hungrig – seit zehn Jahren:

Ich bin 1,80 groß, eher schmal/hager und wog, so lange ich rauchte (zwischen 17 und 24) 65 Kilo. Dann hörte ich mit dem Rauchen auf – und habe seitdem immer Hunger. Ich liebe Mahlzeiten. Und Zwischenmahlzeiten. Gemeinsames Essen. Restaurants. Ich liebe einen vollen Magen.

Seit 2007 – plötzlich dauernd hungrig – trank ich mehr Wasser und versuchte, nicht allzu ungesund zu essen: wenig Fleisch, Wurst, Frittiertes, keine Snacks aus Langeweile, kaum Fett. Am liebsten aß ich kalte, eher geschmacksneutrale Beilagen, die schnell sättigen und mir ein Völlegefühl vermitteln: Reis (Sushi!), Brot (und Kracker, Grissini usw.), Hummus. Zwischendurch zwar Süßes – aber kleine Portionen.

Dass sich der raffinierte/weiße Zucker von Süßigkeiten und die Stärke in Kartoffeln, Reis, Getreide ernährungsbiologisch kaum unterscheiden, hörte ich im Bio-Unterricht. Pudding? Ungesund! Vollkorn? Wesentlich gesünder? Beides liefert sehr schnell Energie – doch reißt, sobald der Blutzuckerspiegel später sinkt, ein Loch.

Ich habe keine Nerven und Zeit für Sport. Ich habe nie Diäten ausprobiert. Ich hielt meine Portionen klein. Versuchte, nicht zu viel Quatsch zu essen. Doch mir fehlen Lust und Selbstdisziplin, um nur für mein Aussehen zu hungern und auf Genuss, Lebensqualität, Energie zu verzichten: Ich will nicht leiden, mich nicht bremsen – nur, um etwas schlanker oder gesünder zu sein. Ich bin relativ gesund. 80, 83 Kilo sind nicht ungesund.

Doch Ende Januar bloggte Nico Lumma, ein Netz-Bekannter, über Abnehmen mit der Slow-Carb Diät. Statt aus Stärke, Zucker, Kohlenhydraten führt man dem Körper Fett (und Eiweiß) zu – versetzt ihn in Ketose: Energie aus Fett- statt Stärkeverbrennung.

So lange ich Zucker esse/verbrenne, sind meinem Stoffwechsel die Fettpolster egal: Sie werden nicht angegriffen; und Zucker-Überschuss wird als zusätzliches Fett eingelagert. Leute nehmen zu.

Auf Fettverbrennung dagegen schaltet der Stoffwechsel erst, wenn alle Zuckerreserven verbraucht sind. Bis dahin wäre ich verrückt vor Hunger, schlechter Laune, Schlaffheit: In Ketose/Fettverbrennung bleiben – das geht nur, wenn man dauerhaft, jeden Tag auf Zucker verzichtet. Höchstens 20 Gramm pro Tag aufnimmt. Eine dauerhafte Umstellung. Einige Tage lang stressig und ermüdend (die “Keto-Grippe”). Dann aber: überraschend machbar.

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Unkomplizierte Umstellung

Ich esse gerade mehrmals pro Woche/zum Großteil:

Käse | Avocados | Cocktailtomaten | Oliven | Hähnchenfleisch | griechischen oder laktosefreien Joghurt und Skyr | Zucchinis und Auberginen, gebraten | Brokkoli, roh (mit Frischkäse, zum Knabbern) | Salate | Lachs | Ringsalami | manchmal Rührei | Walnüsse.

Ich trinke kalten Tee statt Limo – doch weiterhin gern Energydrinks (jetzt eben: Zero, zuckerfrei). Viel Kaffee – doch jetzt mit Sahne oder Mandelmilch statt Vollmilch (weniger Milchzucker). In asiatischen Imbissen lasse ich den Reis weg, bei Burgern die Buns, statt Sushi-Rollen esse ich Sashimi. Ich trank eh kaum je Alkohol. Ich esse lieber kalt als warm. Ich liebe Antipasti, Häppchen, alle Sorten Käse:

Es war keine große Umstellung. Es ist kein riesiger Verzicht. Ich vermisse Donuts, Ahornsirup, Wasabi. Doch die Sättigungsbeilagen, mit denen ich mir jahrelang den Bauch füllte, fehlen mir nicht besonders: Baguette, kalter Reis, Cracker, Knäckebrot, Pasta? Es geht ohne.

(Bei Hummus funktioniert die Eigenmarke der Penny-Supermärkte: 6 Prozent Kohlenhydrate? Das geht, so lange ich kein halbes Kilo dippe.)

Ein sympathisches, aber arg simples Erklär-Video:

Abnehmen trotz fettiger Ernährng (WDR, Januar 2016)

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Tipps und Schwierigkeiten:

  • Die ersten ca. 20 Tage fühlte ich mich weinerlich, krank und müde. Der Körper braucht Zeit, sich umzustellen.
  • Ich machte an Tag 1 den Fehler, fast nichts zu kaufen, auf das ich Appetit hatte: Ich aß ohne große Lust Thunfisch aus der Dose, Artischocken aus dem Glas, riesige Karotten… Essen, das mich noch nie besonders glücklich machte. Zu lange irrte ich durchs schmale Penny-Sortiment im Gefühl, alles sei jetzt verboten, fast nichts weiter erlaubt. Nach 10 Tagen fuhr ich in ein (riesiges) Kaufland, mit Unmengen Optionen/Produkten. Mit der Vielfalt und dem Ausprobieren ganz neuer Lebensmittel (wie Skyr) kam auch der Genuss zurück.
  • Ich gebe etwas mehr Geld für Essen aus (Käse, Fleisch, Fisch sind teurer als billige, sättigende Brötchen, Reis etc.), und ich brauche etwas mehr Zeit zum Vorbereiten/Waschen/Schneiden in der Küche.
  • Vor allem im ersten Monat nahm ich kaum ab: Wer Keto ausprobiert, wird oft gewarnt, dass er bei schnellen Erfolgen nicht zu euphorisch werden soll – denn in den ersten Tagen verliert fast jeder viel Gewicht: Der Körper greift die Wassereinlagerungen an. Ich hatte fünf erste Wochen lang GAR keinen Fortschritt. Und kaufte mir schließlich Ketostix, um herauszufinden, ob mein Körper überhaupt in Ketose ist (nicht nötig – aber psychologisch beruhigend). Erst seit Mitte März sehe ich Unterschiede.
  • Meine Zähne scheinen weniger angegriffen. Haut und Schlafrhythmus sind besser, und ich habe keine Zucker-Hochs und -Tiefs mehr. Aber: nervigen Mundgeruch.
  • Keto-Rezepte und Keto-Restaurants gehen mir meist auf die Nerven – weil ständig versucht wird, Torten, Schokolade, Pizza usw. aus Süß- und Ersatzstoffen nachzubilden. Ich glaube, eine Pseudo-Pizza, eine Süßstoff-Torte deprimieren mich mehr als die Vorstellung, einfach Torten/Pizzen per se für eine Weile zu streichen.
  • Auch viele US-Websites und Keto-Blogs sind mir zu produktfixiert: Ich will keine speziellen Keto-Müsliriegel, kein Eiweißbrot, keinen Bullettproof Coffee. Kokosmilch ist wirksam – aber absurd teuer, und Kokos schmeckt mir nicht: Ich kaufe die 30-Cent-Schlagsahne bei Lidl. Das reicht fürs Erste.
  • Ich habe kein Abnehm-Ziel. Ich trage dauernd Jacketts und weite Hemden – kaum jemandem fällt auf, ob ich 80 oder 65 Kilo wiege. Für mich funktioniert Keto gerade als (dauerhafte) Ernährungsumstellung, nicht als (schnelle, zeitlich beschränkte) Diät. Ich esse öfter, mit besserem Gewissen und mehr Genuss als seit Jahren. Und werde dabei etwas dünner – statt, wie seit 2007, von Jahr zu Jahr ein wenig feister. Mein Körper war mir immer halbwegs sympathisch/angenehm. Doch in den letzten Jahren hatte ich das Gefühl, die Kontrolle zu verlieren. Jetzt ist diese Kontrolle zurück. Ohne viel Mühe/Disziplin. Es geht nicht ums Abnehmen. Es geht ums lustvolle, stressfreie Essen/Futtern![Die Headline ‘Abnehmen mit der Keto-Diät’ greift Nicos ‘Abnehmen mit der Slow-Carb-Diät’ auf. Aber ich hatte zu Beginn fünf (!) Wochen Zeit, mir zu überlegen, ob ich weiter auf Zucker verzichten will – auch, falls es äußerlich nichts bringt. Ich bleibe erstmal dabei. Auch beim nächsten Gewichts-Plateau.]

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Keto LCHF Low Carb High Fat, Foto Achim Reibach

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Mein bester Freund machte heute Morgen ein paar Ganzkörper-Fotos. Ich trage meist Hemden statt T-Shirts, im Alltag. Und: Ich habe ein Hohlkreuz. Mein Bauch wird immer etwas vorstehen.

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Update, Februar 2017:

Ich esse weiterhin keinen Zucker – und komme gut zurecht. Seit ca. September 2016 bleibt mein Gewicht gleich – zwischen 68 und 70 Kilo, abends auch mal 71. Der Verzicht auf Zucker fällt mir nicht mehr schwer, und in vielen Bereichen geht es mir besser: Meine Zähne haben morgens weniger Belag und sind gesünder/weniger angegriffen, meine Energie bleibt, über den Tag verteilt, recht stabil – und ich bin selbstbewusster, entspannter, ein wenig stolz.

Ich will trotzdem bald bei meinem Hausarzt ein Blutbild/ein Check-Up machen lassen. Ich bin 33, und solche Check-Ups werden erst ab 35 von der Krankenkasse bezahlt – aber eine befreundete Ärztin sagte mir, dass ich bei so einer großen Umstellung auf jeden Fall das Recht auf so eine Untersuchung habe, und die Kasse das auch anerkennen wird. [Update: Check-Up gemacht. Alles gut!]

Im September nahm ich an einem Fotoprojekt teil, bei dem sich Menschen gegenseitig nackt fotografieren, in ihren Wohnungen – “Daily Portrait Berlin”. Ein Essay von mir über die Aktion und meine Gründe, im Berliner Tagesspiegel: Link 

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Update, Juli 2017:

Ich halte mein Gewicht; und habe für meinen Partner eine kurze Liste angelegt mit Produkten, die er mag und im Rahmen einer Keto-Diät gut essen kann. Vieles, das ich mag, er aber nicht, fehlt hier auf der Liste (Fisch, Meeresfrüchte, viele Fleisch- und Käsesorten). Trotzdem – als Anfang/Idee für Menschen, die ratlos im Supermarkt stehen:

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  • Kuchen & Brötchen in Keto-Cafés. In Berlin z.B. “Simply Keto”
  • indische, thailändische, chinesische etc. Restaurants: Suppen & fast alles ohne Reis
  • grüne Smoothies
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  • Bacon, Speckwürfel, Thüringer Würstchen
  • Hähnchensteaks, Hähnchenstückchen/-streifen, Brathähnchen
  • Minisalamis, Salamisticks, angebratene Wurst in der Pfanne, Mett, Landjäger, Pfefferbeißer
  • Fleischsalat, selbstgemachte Buletten, Fleischkäse, Steak, Lende, Kottlett
  • Wiener Würstchen, Weißwurst, Lyoner & Aufschnitt
  • Rinder-, Hühner- und Gemüsebrühe (Instant)
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  • gebratener Thunfisch, gebratener Lachs
  • Rührei, Spiegelei, hartgekochte Eier, Omelettes
  • Feldsalat, grüner Salat, Rucola, Eiersalat/Käsesalat/Brocollisalat etc.
  • (ich mag DIESEN Salat bei Lidl: Link)
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  • Cocktailtomaten, Gurkenstangen, Minikarotten, Oliven, Sellerie, Rosenkohl, Spargel, Paprika, Grüne Bohnen, Kürbis (?)
  • Lauch, Frühlingszwiebel, Spinat, Sauerkraut, Schnittlauch, Fenchel, Essiggurke, Kohlrabi, Pepperoni
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  • überbackener Blumenkohl, überbackene Zuccininudeln, Ofenkäse, Pfannenkäse, verschiedene Dips & Frischkäsesorten
  • Gemüse in der Pfanne, Zuccininudeln & Tomatensauce, Tofusteaks, Hackfleischsauce, Chili con Carne
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  • Babybel, Mozzarella, Maasdamer, Goudawürfel, Parmesan, weitere Käsesorten ausprobieren
  • Mascarpone, Joghurt, Skyr, Quark, Mandelmilch, Buttermilch, Tiefkühlerdbeeren, Zimt
  • Mandeln, Walnüsse, Kürbiskerne, Kokosmakronen, Macadamianüsse
  • Kräutersalz, Rauchsalz, Kräuterbutter, gesalzene Butter, Majonaise, Würz-Öle, Kokosfett
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  • Teesorten, Cola light, Energy Drinks (Zero), andere Light-Limos

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typische Wocheneinkäufe von mir, August 2017. Mir fehlen hier Avocados, Auberginen und Fisch (Krabben oder Lachs):

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Best Nonfiction & Memoirs 2016: Summer Reading, Recommendations

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Nonfiction, Memoirs, Essays:

Here are 21 nonfiction books, realeased in 2016, that I’ve sampled & enjoyed. Recommendations!

I’ve made a list for fiction (2016, Link), too!

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01: OLIVIA LAING, “The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of being alone”

  • cerebral and engaging essay on loneliness
  • 336 pages, March 2016, Picador

“Does technology draw us closer together or trap us behind screens? When Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her mid-thirties, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Increasingly fascinated by this most shameful of experiences, she began to explore the lonely city by way of art. The Lonely City is a celebration of a strange and lovely state, adrift from the larger continent of human experience, but intrinsic to the very act of being alive.” [back-cover copy, excerpt]

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

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02: HELEN PEARSON, “The Life Project: How the Study of Six Generations showed us who we are”

  • sociology: I love the concept of the survey – but I’m not sure if this needs to be a full book: would an article be enough?
  • 256 pages, February 2016, Soft Skull

“On March 3, 1946, a survey began that is, today, the longest-running study of human development in the world, growing to encompass six generations of children, 150,000 people. This is the tale of these studies, the scientists who created them, and their remarkable discoveries.” [back-cover copy, excerpt]

The Life Project: How the Study of Six Generations Showed Us Who We Are

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03: RON FOURNIER, “Love that Boy: What two Presidents, eight Road Trips, and my Son taught me about a Parent’s Expectations”

  • cutesy cover – but I enjoyed the style: a very personal account of a family and a son with Asperger’s syndrome
  • 240 pages, April 206, Harmony

“A uniquely personal story about the causes and costs of outsized parental expectations. What we want for our children—popularity, normalcy, achievement, genius—and what they truly need—grit, empathy, character—are explored by National Journal’s Ron Fournier, who weaves his extraordinary journey to acceptance around the latest research on childhood development and stories of other loving-but-struggling parents.” [back-cover copy, excerpt]

Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About a Parent's Expectations

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04: ANDREW NAGORSKI, “The Nazi Hunters”

  • I don’t know nearly enough about people like Beate Klarsfeld, Fritz Bauer and the hunt for Eichmann: gripping, engaging history book
  • 416 pages, April 2016, Simon & Schuster

“More than seven decades after the end of the war, the era of the Nazi Hunters is drawing to a close as they and the hunted die off. After the Nuremberg trials and the start of the Cold War, most of the victors in World War II lost interest in prosecuting Nazi war criminals. Many of the lower-ranking perpetrators quickly blended in with the millions who were seeking to rebuild their lives in a new Europe, while those who felt most at risk fled the continent. The Nazi Hunters focuses on the small band of men and women who refused to allow their crimes to be forgotten—and who were determined to track them down to the furthest corners of the earth.” [back-cover copy, excerpt]

The Nazi Hunters

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05: GREGORY WOODS, “Homintern: How Gay Culture liberated the modern World”

  • cultural history about queer networks and infuencers
  • 440 pages, May 2016, Yale University Press

“In a hugely ambitious study which crosses continents, languages, and almost a century, Gregory Woods identifies the ways in which homosexuality has helped shape Western culture. Extending from the trials of Oscar Wilde to the gay liberation era, this book examines a period in which increased visibility made acceptance of homosexuality one of the measures of modernity. Woods introduces an enormous cast of gifted and extraordinary characters, most of them operating with surprising openness; but also explores such issues as artistic influence, the coping strategies of minorities, the hypocrisies of conservatism, and the effects of positive and negative discrimination, traveling from Harlem in the 1910s to 1920s Paris, 1930s Berlin, 1950s New York and beyond.” [back-cover copy, excerpt]

Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World

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06: SUNIL KHILNANI, “Incarnations: India in 50 Lives”

  • 50 portraits of figures and people in India: I loved browsing, but I’m worried that 650 pages, life after life, will be a little dull/formulaic
  • 656 pages, February 2016, Allen Lane & Farrar, Straus and Giroux

“For all of India’s myths and moral epics, Indian history remains a curiously unpeopled place. Sunil Khilnani fills that space: recapturing the human dimension of how the world’s largest democracy came to be. Khilnani explores the lives of 50 Indians, from the spiritualist Buddha to the capitalist Dhirubhai Ambani, trenchant portraits of emperors, warriors, philosophers, poets, stars, and corporate titans from ancient times to our own.” [back-cover copy, excerpt]

Incarnations: India in 50 Lives

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07: DAVID KUSHNER, “Alligator Candy”

  • true crime meets personal memoir: this reminded me of James Elroy’s book about his murdered mother, “My Dark Places”. I’m nervous that Kushner’s book wi’ll be equally inconclusive/open-ended.
  • 243 pages, March 2016, Simon & Schuster

“David Kushner grew up in the early 1970s in the Florida suburbs. One morning in 1973, David’s older brother Jon biked through the forest to the convenience store for candy, and never returned. Decades later, Kushner found himself unsatisfied with his own memories and decided to revisit the episode a different way: through the eyes of a reporter. His investigation brought him back to the places and people he once knew and slowly made him realize just how much his past had affected his present. After sifting through hundreds of documents and reports, conducting dozens of interviews, and poring over numerous firsthand accounts, he has produced a powerful and inspiring story of loss, perseverance, and memory.” [back-cover copy, excerpt]

Alligator Candy

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08: JEAN STEIN, “West of Eden: an American Place”

  • great concept, but lots of bad reviews: I’m not sure what’s wrong here. Too much hagiography?
  • 352 pages, February 2016, Random House

“An epic, mesmerizing oral history of Hollywood and Los Angeles. Stein vividly captures a mythic cast of characters: five larger-than-life individuals and their families. Edward Doheny, the Wisconsin-born oil tycoon; Jack Warner, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who together with his brothers founded one of the world’s most iconic film studios; Jane Garland, the troubled daughter of an aspiring actress who could never escape her mother’s schemes; Jennifer Jones, an actress from Oklahoma who won the Academy Award at twenty-five but struggled with despair. Finally, Stein chronicles the ascent of her own father, Jules Stein, an eye doctor born in Indiana who transformed Hollywood with the creation of an unrivaled agency and studio.” [back-cover copy, excerpt]

West of Eden: An American Place

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09: MIRA PTACIN, “Poor your Soul”

  • competent memoir about mother and daughter, both losing a child – I hope that 320 pages aren’t too long/much
  • 320 pages, January 2016, Soho Press

“At twenty-eight, Mira Ptacin discovered she was pregnant. Five months later, an ultrasound revealed that her child would be born with a constellation of birth defects and no chance of survival outside the womb. Mira was given three options: terminate the pregnancy, induce early delivery, or wait and inevitably miscarry. Mira’s story is paired with that of her mother, who emigrated from Poland to the United States, and who also experienced grievous loss when her only son was killed by a drunk driver.” [back-cover copy, excerpt]

Poor Your Soul

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10: DANIEL RAEBURN, “Vessels: A Love Story”

  • horrible cover, horrible cover copy – but I enjoyed reading the first pages: loss, marriage, creativity, hope
  • 192 pages, March 2016, W.W. Norton & Company

“Dan and his wife Bekah, a potter dedicated to Japanese ceramics, met and swiftly fell in love. But at Christmas, as they prepared for the birth of their first child, tragedy struck. Based on Daniel Raeburn’s acclaimed New Yorker essay, Vessels: A Love Story is the story of how he and Bekah clashed and clung to each other through a series of unsuccessful pregnancies before finally, joyfully, becoming parents.” [back-cover copy, excerpt]

Vessels: A Love Story

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11: ANNIE E. CLARK, ANDREA PINO, “We believe you: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault speak out”

  • I enjoyed reading Kate Harding’s “Asking for it” (about rape culture and campus rape), and I’m happy for the chance to hear accounts from a diversity of voices.
  • 368 pages, April 2016, Holt

“Student activists are exposing a pervasive cover-up of sexual violence on college campuses. We Believe You elevates the stories the headlines about this issue have been missing–more than 30 experiences of trauma, healing and everyday activism, representing a diversity of races, economic and family backgrounds, gender identities, immigration statuses, interests, capacities and loves. More than 1 in 5 women and 5 percent of men are sexually assaulted at college, a shocking status quo that might have stayed largely hidden and unaddressed.” [back-cover copy, excerpt]

We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out

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12: PEGGY ORENSTEIN, “Girls & Sex: Navigating the complicated new Landscape”

  • silly cover and so-so style – but (perennially) interesting topic
  • 303 pages, March 2016, Harper

“With casual hookups and campus rape relentlessly in the news, parents can be forgiven for feeling anxious about their young daughters. Orenstein spoke to psychologists, academics, and 70 young women to offer an in-depth picture of “girls and sex” today.” [back-cover copy, excerpt]

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

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13: KATHERINE ZOEPF, “Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of young Women who are transforming the Arab World”

  • I’m not sold on the writing style of this book: might be too dry, too distant, too broad. Still: interesting focus, interesting protagonists.
  • 464 pages, January 2016, Penguin Press

“For more than a decade, Katherine Zoepf has lived in or traveled throughout the Arab world, reporting on the lives of women, whose role in the region has never been more in flux. Only a generation ago, female adolescence as we know it in the West did not exist in the Middle East. There were only children and married women. Today, young Arab women outnumber men in universities. Syria, Lebanon, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Egypt: Zoepf brings us a new understanding of the changing Arab societies—from 9/11 to Tahrir Square to the rise of ISIS—and gives voice to the remarkable women at the forefront of this change.” [back-cover copy, excerpt]

Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World

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14: ANDI ZEISLER, “We were Feminists Once”

  • I LOVE the back-cover copy, and I loved the sample: this sounds competent, smart and much-needed.
  • 304 pages, May 2016, PublicAffairs

“Feminism: Once a dirty word brushed away with a grimace, “feminist” has been rebranded as a shiny label sported by movie and pop stars. It drives advertising and marketing campaigns, presenting what’s long been a movement for social justice as just another consumer choice in a vast market. Individual self-actualization is the goal, shopping more often than not the means, and celebrities the mouthpieces. But what does it mean when social change becomes a brand identity? Andi Zeisler, a founding editor of Bitch Media, draws on more than twenty years’ experience interpreting popular culture in this biting history of how feminism has been co-opted, watered down, and turned into a gyratory media trend. Surveying movies, television, advertising, fashion, and more, Zeisler reveals a media landscape brimming with the language of empowerment, but offering little in the way of transformational change.” [back-cover copy, excerpt]

We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement

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15: CHRISTOPHER CASTELLANI, “The Art of Perspective: Who tells the Story”

  • Too slim and maybe too specific – but I loved the tone and style.
  • 160 pages, January 2016, Graywolf Press

“A writer may have a story to tell, a sense of plot, and strong characters. But what form should the narrator take? What voice, and from what vantage point? By unpacking the narrative strategies at play in the work of writers as different as E. M. Forster, Grace Paley, and Tayeb Salih, Castellani illustrates how the author’s careful manipulation of distance between narrator and character drives the story.” [back-cover copy, excerpt]

The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story

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16: ANDREW SOLOMON, “Far & Away: Places on the Brink of Change. Seven Continents, 25 Years”

  • One of my favorite (if slightly stuffy) nonfiction authors – and a (all-over-the-place, massive) collection.
  • 512 pages, April 2016, Scribner

“From the winner of the National Book Award: a riveting collection of essays about places in transition. Chronicling his stint on the barricades in Moscow in 1991, when he joined artists in resisting the coup whose failure ended the Soviet Union, his 2002 account of the rebirth of culture in Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban, his insightful appraisal of a Myanmar seeped in contradictions, this book provides a unique window onto the very idea of social change. Solomon demonstrates both how history is altered by individuals, and how personal identities are altered when governments alter.” [back-cover copy, excerpt]

Far & Away: Places on the Brink of Change: Seven Continents, Twenty-Five Years

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17: DAWN ANAHID MacKEEN, “The Hundred-Year Walk: An Armenian Odyssey”

  • The cover looks old-school – but the personal narrative is suprisingly engaging.
  • 339 pages, January 2016, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

“As World War I rages, Stepan Miskjian is separated from his family as they are swept up in the government’s mass deportation of Armenians into internment camps. Just before killing squads slaughter his caravan during a forced desert march, Stepan manages to escape. The Hundred-Year Walk alternates between Stepan’s saga and another journey that takes place a century later, after his family discovers his long-lost journals. Reading this rare firsthand account, his granddaughter Dawn MacKeen finds herself first drawn into the colorful bazaars before the war and then into the horrors Stepan later endured. Inspired to retrace his steps, she sets out alone to Turkey and Syria, shadowing her resourceful, resilient grandfather across a landscape still rife with tension.” [back-cover copy, excerpt]

The Hundred-Year Walk: An Armenian Odyssey

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18: JANE MAYER, “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires behind the Rise of the Radical Right”

  • Excellent reviews. Don’t know if I DO need to read a full book on this, though…? I’d prefer sharp, quick articles.
  • 464 pages, January 2016, Doubleday

“Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? A network of exceedingly wealthy people with extreme libertarian views bankrolled a systematic, step-by-step plan to fundamentally alter the American political system. The chief figures in the network are Charles and David Koch. The Koch brothers and their allies pooled their vast resources to fund an interlocking array of organizations that could work in tandem to influence and ultimately control academic institutions, think tanks, the courts, statehouses, Congress, and, they hoped, the presidency. And their efforts have been remarkably successful. Meaningful environmental, labor, finance, and tax reforms have been stymied. Jane Mayer spent five years conducting hundreds of interviews. In a taut and utterly convincing narrative, she traces the byzantine trail of the billions of dollars spent by the network.” [back-cover copy, excerpt]

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

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19: ANN NEUMANN, “The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America”

  • mediocre reviews – but I like boks about loss, and the hospice angle is new/interesting, to me.
  • 248 pages, February 2016, Beacon Press

“Following the death of her father, journalist and hospice volunteer Ann Neumann sets out to examine what it means to die well. From church basements to hospital wards to prison cells, Neumann charts the social, political, religious, and medical landscape to explore how we die today. The Good Death weaves personal accounts with a historical exploration of the movements and developments that have changed the ways we experience death. With the diligence of a journalist and the compassion of a caregiver, Neumann provides a portrait of death in the United States.” [back-cover copy, excerpt]

The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America

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20: TIM HANLEY, “Investigating Lois Lane: The turbulent History of the Daily Planet’s Ace Reporter”

“In a universe full of superheroes, Lois Lane has fought for truth and justice for over 75 years. From her creation in 1938 to helming her own comic book for twenty-six years and appearing in animated serials, live-action TV shows, and full-length movies, Lois Lane has been a paragon of journalistic integrity. From her earliest days, Lois yearned to make the front page of the Daily Planet, but was held back by her damsel-in-distress role. Lois remained a fearless and ambitious character, and today she is a beloved icon and an inspiration to many. Though her history is often troubling, Lois’s journey, as revealed in Investigating Lois Lane, showcases her ability to always escape the gendered limitations of each era and of the superhero genre as a whole.” [back-cover copy, excerpt]

Investigating Lois Lane: The Turbulent History of the Daily Planet's Ace Reporter
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Bonus (2015):

21: MERRITT KOPAS, IMOGEN BINNIE, “Videogames for Humans”

  • essay collection about storytelling, gaming, minorities and Twine (link)
  • 576 pages, April 2015, Instar Books

“A quiet revolution is happening, centered on a tool called Twine. Taken up by nontraditional game authors to describe distinctly nontraditional subjects—from struggles with depression, explorations of queer identity, and analyses of the world of modern sex and dating to visions of breeding crustacean horses in a dystopian future—the Twine movement to date has created space for those who have previously been voiceless within games culture to tell their own stories. Videogames for Humans puts Twine authors, literary writers, and games critics into conversation with one another’s work.” [back-cover copy, excerpt]

Videogames for Humans

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further lists and recommendations:

Best Summer Books / Beach Reads / Young Adult Novels 2016: Recommendations

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Summer Reading, Beach Reads, YA novels:

Here are 21 novels and collections, realeased in 2016, that I’ve sampled & enjoyed. Recommendations!

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01: RICHARD RUSSO, “Everybody’s Fool”

  • Russo can be cutesy, overly long, old-fashioned and stale – but I enjoy these characters.
  • 477 pages, Knopf

“Richard Russo returns to North Bath (upstate New York) and the characters from Nobody’s Fool. Sully has only a year or two left, and it’s hard work trying to keep this news from the most important people in his life: Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years and Sully’s son and grandson. Everybody’s Fool is filled with humor, heart, hard times and people you can’t help but love, possibly because their faults make them so stridently human.”

Everybody's Fool

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02: LINDSAY EAGAR, “Hour of the Bees”

  • smart, literary YA with a dash of magical realism
  • 360 pages, Candlewick Press

“Twelve-year-old Carolina is in New Mexico, helping her parents move the grandfather she’s never met into a home for people with dementia. At first, Carol avoids prickly Grandpa Serge… A novel of family and discovering the wonder of the world.”

Hour of the Bees

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03: WESLEY KING, “OCDaniel”

  • engaging middle-grade novel told in a fun, smart voice
  • 304 pages, Simon & Schuster

“A boy whose life revolves around hiding his obsessive compulsive disorder. Daniel spends football practice perfectly arranging water cups—and hoping no one notices, especially his best friend Max, and Raya, the prettiest girl in school. His life gets weirder when another girl at school, who is unkindly nicknamed Psycho Sara, notices him for the first time.”

OCDaniel

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04: MATT RUFF, “Lovecraft Country”

  • ambitious, dark, gripping: mainstream fantasy in an interesting historical setting
  • 384 pages, Harper

“Chicago, 1954. When his father Montrose goes missing, twenty-two year old Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle George—publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide—and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhite—heir to the estate that owned Atticus’s great grandmother—they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours. A devastating kaleidoscopic portrait of racism that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.”

Lovecraft Country

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05: MELANIE CONKLIN, “Counting Thyme”

  • charming middle-grade novel with HUGE mainstream appeal
  • 320 pages, Putnam

“Eleven-year-old Thyme Owens’ little brother Val is accepted into a new cancer drug trial and the Owens family has to move to New York, thousands of miles away from everything she knows and loves. Thyme loves her brother—she’d give anything for him to be well—but she still wants to go home. She finds herself even more mixed up when her heart feels the tug of new friends, a first crush, and even a crotchety neighbor and his sweet whistling bird.”

Counting Thyme

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06: GRAHAM SWIFT, “Mothering Sunday”

  • one of my favorite British authors: this feels like a smarter version of Ian McEwan’s “On Chesil Beach”
  • 208 pages, Knopf

“Twenty-two year old Jane Fairchild, orphaned at birth, has worked as a maid at one English country estate since she was sixteen. She has been the secret lover to Paul Sheringham, the scion of the estate next door. On an unseasonably warm March afternoon, Jane and Paul will make love for the last time–though not, as Jane believes, because Paul is about to be married. As the narrative moves back and forth from 1924 to the end of the century, what we know and understand about Jane–about the way she loves, thinks, feels, sees, remembers–deepens with every beautifully wrought moment.”

Mothering Sunday

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07: CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI, “Before we visit the Goddess”

  • historical fiction from India with strong characters & sociology
  • 224 pages, Simon & Schuster

“Three generations of mothers and daughters in a family both united and torn apart by ambition and love. The daughter of a poor baker in rural Bengal, India, Sabitri yearns to get an education, but her family’s situation means college is an impossible dream. Then an influential woman from Kolkata takes Sabitri under her wing, but her generosity soon proves dangerous after the girl makes a single, unforgivable misstep. Years later, Sabitri’s own daughter, Bela, haunted by her mother’s choices, flees abroad with her political refugee lover—but the America she finds is vastly different from the country she’d imagined. As the marriage crumbles and Bela is forced to forge her own path, she unwittingly imprints her own child, Tara, with indelible lessons about freedom, heartbreak, and loyalty that will take a lifetime to unravel.”

Before We Visit the Goddess

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08: CLAUDIA GRAY, “Star Wars: Bloodline”

“When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory. Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with dangers from both within and without: underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians and Imperial loyalists. Senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy.”

Star Wars: Bloodline

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09: JEM LESTER, “Shtum”

  • quirky and dark family novel about autism
  • 368 pages, Orion

“Fathers and sons, autism, and dysfunctional relationships. Ben Jewell has hit breaking point. His ten-year-old son Jonah has severe autism and Ben and his wife, Emma, are struggling to cope. When Ben and Emma fake a separation – a strategic decision to further Jonah’s case in an upcoming tribunal – Ben and Jonah move in with Georg, Ben’s elderly father. In a small house in North London, three generations of men – one who can’t talk; two who won’t – are thrown together.”

Shtum

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10: JUNG YUN, “Shelter”

  • complex domestic fiction, might be overly tragic/dour
  • 336 pages, Picador

“Why should a man care for his parents when they failed to take care of him as a child? Kyung Cho is a young father burdened by a house he can’t afford. For years, he and his wife, Gillian, have lived beyond their means. Now their debts and bad decisions are catching up with them. A few miles away, his parents, Jin and Mae, live in the town’s most exclusive neighborhood, surrounded by the material comforts that Kyung desires for his wife and son. Growing up, they gave him every possible advantage—private tutors, expensive hobbies—but they never showed him kindness. When an act of violence leaves Jin and Mae unable to live on their own, the dynamic suddenly changes.”

Shelter

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11: ABBY GENI, “The Lightkeepers”

  • literary thriller/mystery – but I dislike the nature writing aspect: might be too ornate and dry
  • 340 pages, Counterpoint

“Miranda, a nature photographer, travels to the Farallon Islands, an exotic and dangerous archipelago off the coast of California, for a one-year residency. Her only companions are the scientists studying there. Miranda is assaulted by one of the inhabitants of the islands. A few days later, her assailant is found dead, perhaps the result of an accident. The Lightkeepers upends the traditional structure of a mystery novel —an isolated environment, a limited group of characters who might not be trustworthy, a death that may or may not have been accidental, a balance of discovery and action —while also exploring wider themes of the natural world, the power of loss, and the nature of recovery.”

The Lightkeepers

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12: E.K. JOHNSTON, “Exit, Pursued by a Bear”

  • engaging feminist YA novel about rape and trauma
  • 248 pages, Dutton

“Hermione Winters is the envied girlfriend and the undisputed queen of her school. But then someone puts something in her drink at a party. Victim. Survivor. That raped girl. Even though this was never the future she imagined, one essential thing remains unchanged: Hermione can still call herself Polly Olivier’s best friend. Heartbreaking and empowering, Exit, Pursued by a Bear is the story of transcendent friendship in the face of trauma.”

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

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13: LEANNE HALL, “Iris and the Tiger”

  • middle-grade novel, magical realism, so-so reviews: I’m intrigued and charmed, but it might be too kitschy.
  • 168 pages, Text Publishing

“Twelve-year-old Iris has been sent to Spain on a mission: to make sure her elderly and unusual aunt, Ursula, leaves her fortune–and her sprawling estate–to Iris’s scheming parents. But from the moment Iris arrives at Bosque de Nubes, she realises something isn’t quite right. While outside, in the wild and untamed forest, a mysterious animal moves through the shadows.”

Iris and the Tiger

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14: SHOBHA RAO, “An unrestored Woman”

  • connected short stories from India and Pakistan: I dislike the (conventional) approach and characters – but I enjoyed the style
  • 256 pages, Flatiron Books

“1947: the Indian subcontinent is partitioned into two separate countries, India and Pakistan. And with one decree, countless lives are changed forever. An Unrestored Woman explores the fault lines in this mass displacement of humanity: a new mother is trapped on the wrong side of the border; a soldier finds the love of his life but is powerless to act on it; an ambitious servant seduces both master and mistress; a young prostitute quietly, inexorably plots revenge on the madam who holds her hostage. Caught in a world of shifting borders, Rao’s characters have reached their tipping points. In paired stories that hail from India and Pakistan to the United States, Italy, and England, we witness the ramifications of the violent uprooting of families, the price they pay over generations, and the uncanny relevance these stories have in our world today.”

An Unrestored Woman

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15: KEN LIO, “The Paper Menagerie and other Stories”

  • mainstream Sci-Fi and Fantasy for fans of Neil Gaiman
  • 450 pages, Saga Press

“Award-winning science fiction and fantasy tales.”

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories

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16: KWEI QUARTEY, “Gold of our Fathers”

  • mainstream mystery series set in Ghana – seems smart, political and to-the-point
  • 368 pages, Soho Crime

“Darko Dawson has just been promoted to Chief Inspector in the Ghana Police Service—the promotion even comes with a (rather modest) salary bump. His new boss is transferring him from Accra, Ghana’s capital, out to remote Obuasi in the Ashanti region, an area now notorious for the illegal exploitation of its gold mines. The office is a mess of uncatalogued evidence and cold case files, morale is low. The body of a Chinese mine owner is unearthed in his own gold quarry.”

Gold of Our Fathers (Darko Dawson #4)

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17: DAWN TRIPP, “Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe”

  • historical fiction, character-driven and REALLY well-written
  • 336 pages, Random House

“A novel about American master painter Georgia O’Keeffe, her love story with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and her quest to come of age as a woman. Passion, betrayal, and art. Georgia is a young woman, painting and teaching art in Texas, when she travels to New York to meet Alfred Stieglitz, the married gallery owner. She becomes his mistress and his muse. As their relationship develops, so does Georgia’s place in the art world, but she becomes trapped in her role as the subject of Stieglitz’s infamous nude photographs of her; the critics cannot envision her as her own being.”

Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe

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18: JULIE BUXBAUM, “Tell me three Things”

  • mainstream YA that seems darker, smarter and less conservative than the book cover/design
  • 336 pages, Delacorte Press

Everything about Jessie is wrong. That’s what it feels like during her first week at her new ultra-intimidating prep school. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country. Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss in her debut YA novel filled with characters who will come to feel like friends.”

Tell Me Three Things

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19: KERI ARTHUR, “City of Light”

  • Urban Fantasy/YA dystopia, start of a trilogy: seems competent and professional
  • 304 pages, Piatkus Books

When the bombs that stopped the species war tore holes in the veil between this world and the next, they allowed entry to the Others—demons, wraiths, and death spirits. A hundred years later, humans and shifters alike live in artificially lit cities designed to keep the darkness at bay. As a déchet—a breed of humanoid super-soldiers—Tiger has spent her life in hiding. Then, she risks her life to save a little girl.”

City of Light (Outcast, #1)

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20: NATASHA FRIEND, “Where you’ll find me”

  • light and friendly YA novel, might be too soft/pedestrian
  • 272 pages, Farar, Straus and Giroux

“The first month of school, thirteen-year-old Anna Collette finds herself… dumped by her best friend, who suddenly wants to spend eighth grade “hanging out with different people.” Deserted by her mom, who’s in the hospital recovering from a suicide attempt. But with help from some unlikely sources, including a crazy girl-band talent show act, Anna just may find herself on the road to okay.”

Where You'll Find Me

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21: ANNA QUINDLEN, “Miller’s Valley”

  • mainstream literary fiction
  • 272 pages, Random House

“For generations the Millers have lived in Miller’s Valley. But as Mimi Miller eavesdrops on her parents and quietly observes the people around her, she discovers more and more about the toxicity of family secrets, the dangers of gossip, the flaws of marriage, the inequalities of friendship. Miller’s Valley reminds us that the place where you grew up can disappear, and the people in it too.”

Miller's Valley

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further lists and recommendations:

Empfehlungen: Feministische Science Fiction, Sci-Fi von Frauen

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Science-Fiction-Romane von Autorinnen – die ich las und empfehlen kann:

– Marlen Haushofer: “Die Wand”
– Fiona Maazel: “Last Last Chance”
– Teri Terry: “Slated” / “Gelöscht” (Band 1. Rest der Triolgie noch nicht gelesen.)
– Monika Maron: “Animal Triste” (Deutsch; auch englische Übersetzung verfügbar.)
– Claudia Gray: “Star Wars: Lost Stars” (mehr hier: überraschend gut!)
… und die Comic-Reihe “Ms. Marvel” (G. Willow Wilson)
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The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)  Die Wand  The Giver (The Giver, #1)  Last Last Chance

Kindred  Slated (Slated, #1)  Animal Triste  Star Wars: Lost Stars (Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens)

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[nicht jede Sci-Fi-Autorin schreibt feministische Science Fiction; nicht jeder feministische Sci-Fi-Roman stammt von einer Frau. Doch diese acht Titel haben interessante Frauenfiguren und einen klugen Blick auf Geschlecht und Gesellschaft. Nicht auf meiner Liste: ein feministischer Sci-Fi-Klassiker – der mir zu grau/didakitsch war; Margaret Atwoods “Der Report der Magd”]
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40 Romane, vorgemerkt, angelesen… und sehr gemocht:
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[männlicher Autor, ganz neu:]
01: Lavie Tidhar, Central Station
  • April 2016, 240 Seiten
  • Armut, Cyberpunk und Kulturimperialismus in Tel Aviv

“A worldwide diaspora has left 250,000 people at the foot of a space station. Cultures collide in real life and virtual reality. When Boris Chong returns to Tel Aviv from Mars, much has changed. His ex-lover is raising a child who can tap into the datastream of a mind with the touch of a finger. His cousin is infatuated with a robotnik—a damaged cyborg soldier who might as well be begging for parts. And a [female] hunted data-vampire has followed Boris. Everything is connected by the Others. At Central Station, humans and machines continue to adapt, thrive… and even evolve.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

02: Nnedi Okorafor, “Binti”

  • 2015, 96 Seiten
  • Novelle der wichtigsten nigerianischen Sci-Fi-Autorin

“Binti is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy – among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

 

03: Clare O’Beara, “Dining Out Around the Solar System”

  • 2013, 1200 Seiten
  • 1200 Seiten? Die ersten wirkten flüssig, originell, klug, gut gelaunt.

“While exploring the other planets, we found that they were all inhabited. Now those people are coming to Earth and looking for work. They’re also opening ethnic restaurants in central London […while] Londoners are recruited to mine the asteroids. Two book reviewers and trainee journalists: Donal, an Irish lad, and Myron, a Cockney-Jamaican mix befriend the immigrants, while their investigative reporting lands them in trouble with wealthy organisations, criminals and the Home Office.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

 

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04: Octavia Butler: “Lilith’s Brood” (Xenogenesis-Trilogie)

  • 1987, 746 Seiten
  • die wichtigste feministische SciFi-Autorin: das hier ist ihr Hauptwerk

“Lilith Iyapo is in the Andes, mourning the death of her family, when war destroys Earth. Centuries later, she is resurrected — by miraculously powerful unearthly beings, the Oankali. Driven by an irresistible need to heal others, the Oankali are rescuing our dying planet by merging genetically with mankind. But Lilith and all humanity must now share the world with uncanny, unimaginably alien creatures: their own children.” [Klappentext]

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05: Octavia Butler: “Parable of the Sower” (Band 1 der Earthseed-Reihe)

  • 1993, 345 Seiten
  • Postapokalyptisch… aber mir vielleicht zu spirituell/eso.

“When environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, Lauren Olamina, a minister’s young daughter, loses her family and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape. What begins as a flight for survival soon leads to something more: a startling vision of human destiny… and the birth of a new faith.” [Klappentext, leicht gekürzt]

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06: Ursula K. Le Guin: “The Dispossessed”

  • 1974, 387 Seiten
  • noch spiritueller, noch esoterischer: die Beschreibung reizt mich nicht – aber viele, viele Menschen lieben das sehr (und wünschen sich gute Verfilmungen)

“Shevek, a brilliant physicist, wants to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. He must make the unprecedented journey to the utopian mother planet, Urras.” [Klappentext, gekürzt; auch “The Word for World is Forest” wirkt vielversprechend]

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07: James Tiptree, Jr.: “The Girl who was plugged in”

  • 1973, ca. 30 Seiten, auch online als .pdf zu finden
  • medien- und sexismuskritische Erzählung einer Autorin, die sich selbst hinter einem Männernamen verbarg

“In the future, almost everything is controlled by corporate interests. Despite advertising being illegal, corporations control consumers through the celebrities they set up, and product placement. Seventeen-year-old Philadelphia Burke is enlisted to become one of these celebrities.” [Wikipedia-Zusammenfassung, gekürzt]

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08: Marge Piercy: “Woman at the Edge of Time”

  • 1976, 376 Seiten
  • Irrsinn oder Klarsicht: feministische Parabel über eine Frau, der niemand glaubt und zuhört.

“Connie Ramos, a woman in her mid-thirties, has been declared insane. But Connie is overwhelmingly sane, merely tuned to the future, and able to communicate with the year 2137. As her doctors persuade her to agree to an operation, Connie struggles to force herself to listen to the future and its lessons for today….” [Klappentext]

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09: Dorothy Bryant: “The Kin of Ata are waiting for you”

  • 1971, 228 Seiten
  • Ich las die alte, vergriffene deutsche Ausgabe an und fand es kitschig, geschwätzig. Problem der Übersetzung? Oder Insel-/Stammes-/Fantasy-Kitsch?

“Part love story, part utopian fantasy, part spiritual fable: Into the world of the Ata comes a desperate man, running from a fast life of fame and fortune, drugs and crime. He is led by the kin of Ata on a spiritual journey.” [Klappentext, gekürzt; Gerd Brantenbergs “Egalia’s Daughters”, angelesen und gemocht, geht in eine ähnliche Richtung]

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10: Margaret Atwood: “Oryx & Crake” […vielleicht die komplette Trilogie]

  • 2003, 374 Seiten
  • postapokalyptisches Märchen. Ich finde Atwood oft zu didaktisch, trocken, von-oben-herab. Aber: tolle Kritiken, stilistisch toll, viele Fans.

“Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, might be the last human after powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. He embarks on a journey–with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake–through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

 

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11: Emily St. John Mandel: “Station Eleven” / “Das Licht der letzten Tage”

  • 2014, 336 Seiten
  • stiller, melancholischer Roman über Kunst (Wandertheater) und Alltag nach einer Seuche

“A nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity: A terrible flu begins to spread. Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” A suspenseful, elegiac novel – spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

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12: Karin Boye: “Kallocain”

  • 1940, 224 Seiten
  • frühe Dystopie / Kritik an totalitären Folterstaaten

“This classic Swedish novel envisioned a future of drab terror. Seen through the eyes of idealistic scientist Leo Kall, Kallocain’s depiction of a totalitarian world state is a montage of what novelist Karin Boye had seen or sensed in 1930s Russia and Germany. Its central idea grew from the rumors of truth drugs that ensured the subservience of every citizen to the state.” [Klappentext]

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13: Anna Kavan: “Ice”

  • 1967, 158 Seiten
  • kurzer, nihilistischer Endzeit-Roman

“In this haunting and surreal novel, two men search for a reclusive girl against a background of nuclear war, resulting in total destruction by walls of ice that overrun the world. With the narrator the reader is swept into a hallucinatory quest through the encroaching ice.” [Klappentext]

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14: Kate Wilhelm: “Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang”

  • 1976, 251 Seiten
  • Wie kann man eine Zivilisation bewahren – technisch und kulturell?

“The spellbinding story of an isolated postapocalyptic community determined to preserve itself through a perilous experiment in cloning. Sweeping, dramatic, rich with humanity, and rigorous in its science, the novel is regarded as a high point of both humanistic & hard SF.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

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15: Julie Phillips: “James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon”

  • 2006, 469 Seiten
  • Biografie einer der wichtigsten SciFi-Autorinnen

“James Tiptree, Jr. burst onto the science fiction scene in the 1970s with a series of hard-edged, provocative short stories. Hailed as a brilliant masculine writer with a deep sympathy for his female characters. For years he corresponded with Philip K. Dick, Harlan Ellison, Ursula Le Guin. Then the cover was blown on his alter ego: A sixty-one-year old woman named Alice Sheldon. As a child, she explored Africa with her mother. She was an artist, a chicken farmer, a World War II intelligence officer, a CIA agent, an experimental psychologist. Devoted to her second husband, she struggled with her feelings for women. In 1987, her suicide shocked friends and fans.” [Klappentext, leicht gekürzt]

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16: Samuel R. Delany: “The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village”

  • 1988, 584 Seiten
  • Autobiografie des wichtigsten schwulen und schwarzen SciFi-Autors.

“Born in Harlem at the start of World War II, Samuel R. Delany married white poet Marilyn Hacker right out of high school. The interracial couple moved into the city’s new bohemian quarter, the Lower East Side, in summer 1961. Through the decade’s opening years, new art, new sexual practices, new music, and new political awareness burgeoned. A black gay writer in an open marriage.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

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17: Tanith Lee: “Sabella”

  • 1980, 157 Seiten
  • Hipster-/Pulp-Roman über eine feministische (?) Vampirin auf dem Mars

“DRACULA? A mere figment of superstition, a thing that could not exist. SABELLA? A very real person, who required the blood of young men to feed upon. Sabella was alive, sensual and dangerous. She lived on Nova Mars, and her very existence was a peril to the population of that world.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

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18: Tanith Lee: “The Silver Metal Lover”

  • 1981, 291 Seiten
  • Mädchen liebt Roboter: Ich mag keine Geschichten, die Kunstwesen idealisieren und die ewiggleichen “Bin ich ein echter Junge?”-Pinocchiofragen stellen – doch das hier wirkt kompetent geschrieben/erzählt.

“Sixteen-year-old Jane and her friends are children of the privileged class, living in luxury on an Earth remade by natural disaster. Until a chance encounter with a robot minstrel with auburn hair and silver skin. Jane is certain that Silver is more than just a machine built to please. So she escapes into the city’s violent, decaying slums to embrace a love bordering on madness.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

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19: Kate Elliott: “Jaran”

  • 1992, 496 Seiten
  • Im schlimmsten Fall ist das eine Fantasy-Liebesschmonzette mit Weltraum-Indianern. Doch die Leseprobe wirkte überraschend kompetent erzählt.

“Earth is just one of the planets ruled by the vast Chapalii empire. Tess Soerensen’s brother Charles rebelled against them at one time and was rewarded by being elevated into their interstellar system—yet there is reason to believe they murdered his and Tess’s parents. Tess sneaks aboard a shuttle bound for Rhui, one of her brother’s planets. On the ground, she joins up with the native jaran people, becoming immersed in their nomadic society and customs. As she grows ever closer to the charismatic jaran ruler, Ilya, Tess must choose between her feelings for him and her loyalty to her brother.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

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20: Anne McCaffrey: “The Rowan”

  • 1990, 336 Seiten
  • Frau ist begabt. Wird benutzt, eingeschüchtert, unter Druck gesetzt… und wächst über sich hinaus. Vielleicht zu parabelhaft/dick aufgetragen…?

“The kinetically gifted, trained in mind/machine gestalt, are the most valued citizens of the Nine Star League. Using mental powers alone, these few Prime Talents transport ships, cargo and people between Earth’s Moon, Mars’ Demos and Jupiter’s Callisto. An orphaned young girl, simply called The Rowan, is discovered to have superior telepathic potential and is trained to become Prime Talent on Callisto. After years of self-sacrificing dedication to her position, The Rowan intercepts an urgent mental call from Jeff Raven, a young Prime Talent on distant Deneb. She convinces the other Primes to merge their powers with hers to help fight off an attack by invading aliens. Her growing relationship with Jeff gives her the courage to break her status-imposed isolation, and choose the more rewarding world of love and family.” [Klappentext; auch McCaffreys “Freedom’s Landing” will ich lesen.]

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21: Starhawk: “The Fifth Sacred Thing”

  • 1993, 698 Seiten
  • Schon beim Autorinnennamen-Namen höre ich Alarmglocken – doch ich glaube, das sind kalifornisch-softe, warmherzige Bücher über Zuhause, Kommunen, Weltverbesserung.

“Freedom and slavery, love and war, and the potential futures of humankind: A twenty-first century California clan caught between two clashing worlds – one based on tolerance, the other on repression.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

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22: Janet E. Morris: “The 40 Minute War”

  • 1980, 210 Seiten
  • Simpler (?), reißerischer Thriller mit sehr vielen Fans.

“After Washington, D.C. is vaporized by a nuclear surface blast, Marc Beck of the American foreign service wants to fly two batches of anticancer serum from Israel to the Houston White House. Beck must deal with one cliffhanger after another. This novel shocks us with a sudden, satisfying ending.” [Klappentext/Zitat von Publisher’s Weekly, gekürzt]

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23: Nancy Kress: “Beggars in Spain”

  • 1993, 400 Seiten
  • Das für mich interessanteste Konzept hier auf der Liste.

“Leisha Camden was genetically modified at birth to require no sleep, and her normal twin Alice is the control. Problems and envy between the sisters mirror those in the larger world, as society struggles to adjust to a growing pool of people who not only have 30 percent more time to work and study than normal humans, but are also highly intelligent and in perfect health. The Sleepless gradually outgrow their welcome on Earth, and their children escape to an orbiting space station to set up their own society. But Leisha and a few others remain behind, preaching acceptance for all humans.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

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24: Joan Slonczewski: “A Door Into Ocean”

  • 1986, 403 Seiten
  • Schwergewicht/Klassiker, auf jeden Fall einen längeren Blick wert.

“A ground-breaking work both of feminist SF and of world-building hard SF, it concerns the Sharers of Shora, a nation of women on a distant moon in the far future who are pacifists, highly advanced in biological sciences, and who reproduce by parthenogenesis–there are no males–and tells of the conflicts that erupt when a neighboring civilization decides to develop their ocean world, and send in an army.” [Klappentext]

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25: Maureeen F. McHugh: “China Mountain Zhang”

  • 1992, 313 Seiten
  • Cyberpunk-Favorit aus den 90ern. Vielleicht zu… barock/überfrachtet?

“We enter a postrevolution America, moving from the hyperurbanized eastern seaboard to the Arctic bleakness of Baffin Island; from the new Imperial City to an agricultural commune on Mars. The overlapping lives of cyberkite fliers, lonely colonists, illicit neural-pressball players, and organic engineers blend into a powerful, taut story of a young man’s journey of discovery. This is a macroscopic world of microscopic intensity” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

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26: Connie Willis: “Bellwether”

  • 1996, 248 Seiten
  • Sehr geschätzte, bewunderte Autorin. Ich habe auf DIESES Buch von ihr die meiste Lust – weil ich auf Schwung/Leichtigkeit hoffe… und kluge Kapitalismuskritik.

“Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennet O’Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company. When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. Pop culture, chaos theory and matters of the heart collide in this unique novella.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

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27: Young Adult: Joelle Charbonneau, “The Testing”

  • 2013, 325 Seiten
  • Standard-Cover, Standard-Plot… doch die ersten Seiten wirkten wie ein perfektes Buch für Menschen, die von “Allegiant” usw. enttäuscht waren.

“The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career. Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate. Can she trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

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28: Young Adult: Anne Tibbets, “Carrier”

  • 2014, 236 Seiten
  • Young Adult? New Adult? Eine erwachsene Hauptfigur mit Kindern, verliebt in einen Rebellen: Im schlimmsten Fall ist das (nur) postapokalyptische Romance. Trotzdem: gute Leseprobe.

“Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. When she’s kicked out after getting pregnant with twins, she’s got no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her, or have her babies taken in her stead.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

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29: Young Adult: J.A. McLachlan, “The occassional Diamond Thief”

  • 2014, 250 Seiten
  • nicht-weiße Hauptfigur, schöne Figurendynamik, Respekt vor anderen Planeten/Kulturen: Das kann gut werden – falls es nicht zu belehrend erzählt.

“On his deathbed, Kia’s father discloses a secret: a magnificent diamond from the distant colonized planet of Malem, where her father caught the illness that eventually killed him. While training to be a translator, Kia is co-opted into travelling to Malem. Using her skill in languages and the skill of picking locks, she wants to return the diamond to its original owner. Kia is quirky, with an ironic sense of humour and a loner. Her sidekick, Agatha, is hopeless in languages and naive to the point of idiocy in Kia’s opinion, but possesses the wisdom and compassion Kia needs.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

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30: Young Adult: Wendy S. Russo, “January Black”

  • 2013, 336 Seiten
  • Philosophische Fantasy? Ein gesellschaftskritischer Bildungsroman? Eine Märchen-Parabel? Lauter Versatzstücke, die mich oft abstoßen. Trotzdem: vorsichtig optimistisch.

“Sixteen-year-old genius Matty Ducayn is the son of The Hill’s commandant. To prove his worth to society, Matty wrestles with the king’s word games and meets Iris Locke, a street smart gardener, along the way. Matty finds himself on collision course with a deadly law, one he will have to break to answer the king’s question. Was Hadrian challenging him, or teaching him a lesson?” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

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31: Young Adult: Julie Mayhew, “The Big Lie”

  • 2015, 384 Seiten
  • letztes Jahr angelesen und sehr gemocht: Ich hoffe, das kommt nach Deutschland.

“Contemporary Nazi England: Jessika Keller obeys her father and does her best to impress Herr Fisher at the Bund Deutscher Mädel meetings. Her neighbour Clementine is outspoken and radical. And the regime has noticed. Jess cannot keep both her perfect life and her dearest friend. But which can she live without?” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

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32: Kinderbuch/Middle-Grade-Novel: Margaret Haddix Peterson, “Among the Hidden”

  • 1998, 153 Seiten
  • siebenbändige Kinder-Thrillerreihe, die auch oft im (deutschen) Englisch-Unterricht als Lektüre benutzt wird; wahrscheinlich recht konventionell.

“Luke has never been to school. He’s never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend’s house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend. Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He’s lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family’s farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside. Then, one day Luke sees a girl’s face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he’s met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows — does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan?” [Klappentext, leicht gekürzt]

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33: Kinderbuch/Middle-Grade-Novel: Diana Wynne Jones, “Howl’s Moving Castle”

  • 1986, 336 Seiten
  • Verfilmung gesehen – und nicht gemocht. Doch alle sagen, das Buch ist tiefer, klüger, komplexer. Zählt das als Science Fiction? Steampunk auf jeden Fall!

“When she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on.” [Klappentext, gekürzt; auch Madeleines L’Engles Zeitreise-Märchen (?) “A Wrinkle in Time” ist wohl einen Blick wert.]

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34: Kinderbuch/Middle-Grade-Novel: Monica Tesler, “Bounders”

  • 2016, 384 Seiten
  • souverändes Kinder-Abenteuer, grade erschienen

“Thirteen years ago, Earth Force—a space-military agency—discovered a connection between brain structure and space travel. Now they’ve brought together the first team of cadets, called Bounders, to be trained as high-level astronauts. But then Jasper and his new friends learn that they were brought to space to learn a new, highly classified brain-sync technology that allows them to manipulate matter and quantum bound, or teleport. A new technology that was actually stolen from an alien society. When Jasper and his friends discover the truth, they must choose: rebel against the academy that brought them together, or fulfill their duty and protect the planet at all costs.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

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35: Kinderbuch/Middle-Grade-Novel: Helen Mary Hoover, “This Time of Darkness”

  • 1980, 160 Seiten
  • Dystopien-Klassiker, sehr gut geschrieben – trotz der cheesy Buchcover

“Eleven-year-old Amy lives in a decaying underground city. Ignored by her mother and under surveillance by authorities because she can read, Amy reluctantly finds herself befriending Axel, a strange boy who claims to have come from a mythical place called Outside.” [Klappentext]

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36: Kinderbuch/Middle-Grade-Novel: Frances Hardinge, “A Face Like Glass”

  • 2012, 496 Seiten
  • Komplexes (?) dystopisches Märchen über Identität, das mich an eins meiner Lieblingsbücher erinnert – Haruki Murakamis “Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World”

“In the underground city of Caverna the world’s most skilled craftsmen create wines that can remove memories and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer even as they slit your throat. Their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned. Only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to show (or fake) joy, despair or fear — at a price. Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a little girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. For Neverfell’s emotions are as obvious on her face as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, though entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed…” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

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37: Graphic-Novel-Reihe: Kelly Sue DeConnick, “Bitch Planet”

  • neue Comic-Heftreihe, der erste Sammelband erschien im Oktober 2015
  • Die beliebte Autorin des (ziemlich mauen) “Captain Marvel”-Comics erzählt eine 70er-Jahre-Exploitation-Space-Opera über einen Weltraum-Knast voller Frauen. Tolle Zeichnungen.

“In a future just a few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman’s failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords will result in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. When the newest crop of fresh femmes arrive, can they work together to stay alive or will hidden agendas, crooked guards, and the deadliest sport on (or off!) Earth take them to their maker?” [Klappentext]

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38: Graphic-Novel-Reihe: Marjorie Liu, “Monstress”

  • neue Comic-Heftreihe, der erste Sammelband erscheint im Juli 2016
  • Gefällige, aber etwas harmlose Zeichnungen; interessante Figuren – ich hoffe, das wird erfolgreich genug, um drei, vier Jahre lang eine Fantasy-Welt gut zu gestalten und auszubauen.

“Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both.” [Klappentext]

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39: Graphic-Novel-Reihe: Carla Speed McNeal, “Finder”

  • seit 1999, bisher 10 Bände
  • Die Zusammenfassungen lesen sich wie “Mad Max”, doch es geht furchtbar viel um Familie, junge Mädchen, Liebe für Büchern, rührselige Erlebnisse auf dem Wüsten-Wochenmarkt usw.

“Finder details the life of Jaeger, aboriginal detective, a scout and tracker of powerful loyalties but few allegiances.” [Klappentext, gekürzt; ich las Band 4 und fand es zu kindlich/kitschig.]

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(40:) Eine feministische, von einem Mann verfasste Comicreihe, die ich sehr mag: Greg Ruckas “Lazarus”
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Von Männern verfasste, gesellschaftskritische Sci-Fi, die vielleicht einen Blick wert ist:

…und vielleicht Joe Haldemans (Mainstream-Space-Opera) “The Forever War”.

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Stand on Zanzibar  The Palace of Dreams  Amalthea  Above All Men  The Song of the Earth

Black Hole  The Captive Mind  Roadside Picnic  The City & the City  Ypsilon minus (Phantastische Bibliothek Band 3)

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Titel, die mir bei der Recherche auffielen – doch in die ich noch länger schauen muss:
 …große Empfehlung: die Buchcover-Fotos (und Roman-Kurzvorstellungen) von unsubscribedblog.wordpress.com
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Literaturfestival Sprachsalz, Pforzheim: Die Bücher

Sprachsalz Literaturfestival Pforzheim, Lesung Patricia Smith, Foto von Denis Mörgenthaler

das Sprachsalz-Literaturfestival im Parkhotel Pforzheim: Lyrikerin Patricia Smith (links), Foto von Denis Mörgenthaler

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Bis Sonntag bin ich Liveblogger beim Literaturfestival Sprachsalz in Pforzheim.

Ein Festival aus Hall (Tirol), das 2016 zum ersten Mal einen deutschen Ableger erhält: drei Tage Lesungen, über 20 internationale Autorinnen und Autoren. Ich schreibe seit 2005 gelegentlich für (Literatur- und Theater-) Festivalzeitungen, seit 2012 werde ich als Liveblogger eingeladen, u.a. zum Open Mike 2012 (Literaturwerkstatt Berlin) und zu den Buchmessen in Frankfurt und Leipzig (Deutschlandradio Kultur).

Für Sprachsalz führe ich Interviews, blogge kurze Berichte zu den Lesungen – und längere Features und Essays.

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Am ersten Festivaltag erschienen, von mir:

Längere Interviews mit u.a. Safiye Can schon geführt, doch noch nicht online.

Heute hier im Blog (…und, sobald es von allen Autor*innen auch gute Lesungs-Fotos gibt, auch drüben, auf der Sprachsalz-Festival-Website):

8 Bücher, die ich beim/fürs Festival entdeckte – und bald lesen will

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JOHN BURNSIDE, “Waking up in Toytown. A Memoir.”

  • 262 Seiten, kein deutscher Verlag
  • Original: UK 2010
  • die Fortsetzung von “Lügen über meinen Vater”: Burnside als trockener Alkoholiker beim Versuch, im Leben auf die Beine zu kommen. Das Thema “Wie baue ich mir ein eigenes, erwachsenes Leben?” interessiert mich mehr als Burnsides Kindheits-/Vater-Buch.

“In the early 80s, after a decade of drug abuse and borderline mental illness, a man runs away to the suburbs, to live what he hopes will be a normal life. He resolves to ‘disappear into the banal’. The suburbs, though, are not quite as normal as he had imagined and, as he relapses into chaos, he encounters a homicidal office worker who is obsessed with Alfred Hitchcock and Petula Clark, an old lover, with whom he reprises a troubled, masochistic relationship and, finally, all his private phantoms – as he drifts further and further into unreality.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

Waking Up in Toytown

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VIV ALBERTINE, “A typical Girl” [der US-Titel, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. ist unendlich viel besser!]

  • 480 Seiten, Suhrkamp 2016
  • Original: UK 2014, Deutsch von Conny Lösch
  • Musiker-Biografien sind mir oft zu verquast. Zu Punk und 70er-/80er-Subkulturen fehlt mir der Bezug. Trotzdem: Ich las die ersten Seiten der Originalversion – und habe große Lust, dieser Frau zuzuhören!

“London, Mitte der Siebziger. In der revolutionären Ursuppe des Punk scheint alles möglich. Aber gilt das auch für Frauen? Gibt es außer Groupie, Elfe oder Rockröhre noch andere Rollen? Viv Albertine wurde zum Riot Girl, lange bevor es diesen Ausdruck gab.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

A Typical Girl: Ein Memoir

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YANNICK HAENEL, “Das Schweigen des Jan Karski”

“Zweimal wurde Jan Karski, Kurier des polnischen Widerstands, ins Warschauer Ghetto eingeschleust. Anschließend sollte er der Welt kundtun, was er über die Judenvernichtung wusste. Er berichtete vom Terrorregiment der deutschen Besatzer. Doch in England und Amerika mochte niemand seine Botschaft hören. Warum nicht? Diese quälende Frage verfolgte Jan Karski sein ganzes Leben lang. Und sie ließ ihn nach dem Krieg verstummen. Yannick Haenel gibt Karski nun eine fiktive eigene Stimme. Eine Stimme, die berührt – und die nicht ungehört geblieben ist.” [Klappentext]

Das Schweigen des Jan Karski

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JÓN GNARR, “Indianer und Pirat: Kindheit eines begabten Störenfrieds”

  • 220 Seiten, Klett-Cotta 2015.
  • Original: Island 2006 [Teil “Indianer”] und 2012 [Teil “Pirat”], Deutsch von Betty Wahl und Tina Flecken
  • souveräne, aber vielleicht zu drollig-humoristische Memoir voller Island- und 80er-Jahre-Klischees… die mich aber stilistisch sehr überzeugt. Ich glaube, das ist ein kluges, entspanntes Wohlfühl-Buch über eine Anarcho-Jugend.

“Im ersten Teil seiner Autobiographie schildert Jón Gnarr eine Kindheit im Ausnahmezustand: seine Probleme mit dem Schulsystem, das schwierige Verhältnis zu den überforderten Eltern und die aufkeimende Liebe für die Ideen des Anarchismus. Gnarr erzählt von seiner schwierigen Kindheit und macht damit Eltern und Jugendlichen Mut. Denn auch ohne Schulabschluss kann man auf dem Bürgermeistersessel einer Hauptstadt landen.” [Klappentext, gekürzt, Zur ‘Sprachsalz’-Lesung Gnarrs habe ich hier geschrieben.]

Indianer und Pirat: Kindheit eines begabten Störenfrieds

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PATRICIA SMITH, “Teahouse of the Almighty”

  • 91 Seiten, keine deutsche Übersetzung
  • USA 2006
  • Smiths Gedichte sind sehr narrativ, dicht, manchmal fast journalistisch. Manchmal ist mir das zu didaktisch, belehrend oder gestellt. Doch die Leseproben aus “Teahouse of the Almighty” waren sehr stark – und live, im Vortrag, wird alles nochmal SO viel besser, strahlender: Bisher ist Patricia Smith meine größte ‘Sprachsalz’-Entdeckung. Unbedingt Auftritte ansehen/-hören!

“Patricia Smith has taken the stage as this nation’s premier performance poet. Featured in the film Slamnation and on the HBO series Def Poetry Jam, Smith is back with her first book in over a decade—a National Poetry Series winner weaving passionate, bluesy narratives into an empowering, finely tuned cele-bration of poetry’s liberating power.” [Klappentext, gekürzt; zur ‘Sprachsalz’-Lesung Smiths habe ich hier geschrieben.]

Teahouse of the Almighty

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TAKASHI HIRAIDE, “For the Fighting Spirit of the Wallnut”

  • 144 Seiten, keine deutsche Übersetzung
  • US-Übersetzung 2008, japanisches Original ebenfalls 2008
  • Hiraides Katzen-Kurzroman “Der Gast im Garten” nervt und enttäuscht mich: Kein unsympathisches Buch – doch ich verstehe nicht, warum in Deutschland oft die naivsten, schlichtesten, pastelligsten und harmlosesten Texte aus Japan besonders gefeiert werden (Murakamis “Gefährliche Geliebte”; die oft sehr kitschigen Comics von Jiro Tanizaki: je flacher, desto beliebter in Deutschland?). “For the Fighting Spirit of the Wallnut” ist eine kluge, verrätselte, mitreißende Textcollage – sperrig, komplex, und ein schönes, wichtiges Gegengewicht zum Katzen-Kuschelbuch. Mehr hiervon, bitte!

“An utterly original book-length poem unfold — a mix of narrative, autobiography, minute scientific observations, poetics, rhetorical experiments, hyper-realistic images, and playful linguistic subversions — all scored with the precision of a mathematical-musical structure. The radiant subway. The wall that clears up, endless. A thundering prayer of steel that fastens together the days, a brush of cloud hanging upon it, O beginning, it is there—your nest.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut

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JOACHIM ZELTER, “Die Schule der Arbeitslosen”

  • 208 Seiten, Deutschland 2006.
  • erschienen bei Klöpfer & Meyer.
  • Satire/Dystopie über die marktliberale, hyperkapitalistische “Strengt euch doch an!”-Volkserziehung, mit der die Wirtschaft oft über Arbeitslose spricht: könnte etwas schlicht/durchschaubar sein – doch die ersten Seiten machten mir Spaß, und Zelters Sätze, Pointen und Effekte sitzen. Das Buch ist zehn Jahre alt: Ich hoffe, es hat trotzdem noch Visionen/Biss!

“Deutschland, in naher Zukunft: Eine Gruppe Reisender fährt einer neuartigen, überaus angepriesenen Fortbildung für Arbeitslose entgegen: das Trainingslager »Sphericon«. Der Bus trägt das Logo der Bundesagentur und den Slogan »Deutschland bewegt sich«. Ihr Essen erhalten sie aus Automaten, in Menge und Qualität gestaffelt nach den Leistungen der Vorwoche. Und dann gibt es noch die Stelle eines »Sphericon«-Trainers, um die sich die Teilnehmer bewerben sollen. Mit allen Mitteln.” [Klappentext, gekürzt. Zur ‘Sprachsalz’-Lesung Zelters habe ich hier geschrieben.]

Schule der Arbeitslosen: Ein Roman

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CLAIRE KEEGAN, “Das dritte Licht”

  • 96 Seiten, Steidl Verlag 2013.
  • Original: Irland 2010, Deutsch von Hans-Christian Oeser
  • Der Klappentext ließ mich Armuts- und Heimatkitsch vermuten – doch als ich die deutsche Ausgabe anlese, weiß ich: Das wird toll. Ich will das lesen! Erst später merke ich, dass ich das irische Original schon vor Jahren angelesen habe – und damals als “furchtbar!” aussortierte. Es liegt am Erzählton: Auf Deutsch routiniert-klar-literarisch. Auf Englisch bäuerlicher, kindlicher, rustikal-gefühlvoller. Falls ich das Buch lese, brauche ich den deutschen, kühleren Ton.

“Eine kleine, große Geschichte darüber, was ein Kind zum Leben braucht: An einem heißen Sommertag, gleich nach der Frühmesse, liefert ein Vater seine kleine Tochter bei entfernten Verwandten auf einer Farm im tiefsten Wexford ab. Seine Frau ist schon wieder schwanger, noch ein Maul wird zu stopfen sein. Sollen die kinderlosen Kinsellas die Kleine also ruhig so lange dabehalten, wie sie wollen… Hier gibt es einen Brunnen, der nie austrocknet, Milch und Rhabarber und Zuwendung im Überfluss. Hier gibt es aber auch ein trauriges Geheimnis, das einen Schatten auf die leuchtend leichten Tage wirft.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

Das dritte Licht

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…auch auf eines neues Buch von Christoph Simon bin ich gespannt: Ich mochte seine Textsammlung “Viel Gutes zum kleinen Preis” (2011, Foto unten) – und warte auf etwas Längeres, Neues.

Sprachsalz Literatufestival Pforzheim Christoph Simon

fast 50 weitere Bücher der Sprachsalz-Autor*innen habe ich bei Goodreads gelistet: Link

das vollständige Festivalprogramm – alle Lesungen sind gratis: Link