Vielfalt, Feminismus, Social Justice: die besten Romane & Sachbücher 2019

0230 Norwegen 2019 Ehrengast, Gastland der Frankfurter Buchmesse - Hurtigruten, Stefan Mesch (85)

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Titel, erschienen 2019 auf Englisch, vorgemerkt, angelesen und gemocht, denen ich schnell eine Übersetzung ins Deutsche wünsche. [Jugendbücher, Young Adult blogge ich separat, zum Jahresende, wie hier 2018.]

Fast alle Bücher sind von Frauen und/oder Menschen of Color und/oder queeren Personen. 45 Titel – mit Klappentexten, gekürzt:

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01 Diversity Literature 2019 Bernardine Evaristo, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Ali Smith

Bernardine Evaristo, „Girl, Woman, Other“: „A love song to modern Britain and black womanhood. 12 very different characters – mostly women, black and British, across the country and through the years. Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary.“

Taylor Jekins Reid, „Daisy Jones & the Six“:Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity. Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars. The Six is a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant. Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer puts them together. A novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies.

Ali Smith, „Spring“: On the heels of Autumn and Winter comes Spring, the continuation of Ali Smith’s celebrated Seasonal Quartet, a series of stand-alone novels, separate but interconnected (as the seasons are), wide-ranging in timescale and light-footed through histories.“

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02 Diversity Literature 2019 Catherine Chung, Mary Doria Russell, Karl Marlantes

Catherine Chung, „The Tenth Muse“:From childhood, Katherine knows she is different, and that her parents are not who they seem to be. As a mathematician, on her quest to conquer the Riemann Hypothesis, the greatest unsolved mathematical problem of her time, she turns to a theorem with a mysterious history that holds both the lock and key to her identity, and to secrets during World War II in Germany. She finds kinship in the stories of the women who came before her, their love of the language of numbers connecting them across generations.“

Mary Doria Russell, „The Women of Copper Country“: „In July 1913, twenty-five-year-old Annie Clements had seen enough of the world to know that it was unfair. She’s spent her whole life in the copper-mining town of Calumet, Michigan where men risk their lives for meager salaries—and had barely enough to put food on the table. The women labor in the houses of the elite, and send their husbands and sons deep underground each day. An authentic and moving historical portrait of the lives of the men and women of the early 20th century labor movement.

Karl Marlantes, „Deep River“:Born into a farm family in late nineteenth-century Finland, the three Koski siblings— are brought up on the virtue of maintaining their sisu in the face of increasing hardship, especially after their nationalist father is arrested by imperial Russian authorities, never to be seen again. Lured by the prospects of the Homestead Act, Ilmari and Matti set sail for America. The politicized young Aino, haunted by the specter of betrayal after her Marxist cell is disastrously exposed, follows soon after. A logging community in southern Washington.“

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03 Diversity Literature 2019 Mary Beth Keane, Elizabeth Gilbert, Elin Hilderbrand

Mary Beth Keane, „Ask again, yes“: „Two neighboring families in a suburban town, the bond between their children, a tragedy that reverberates over four decades. Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope, two rookie cops in the NYPD, live next door to each other. Ask Again, Yes reveals the way childhood memories change when viewed from the distance of adulthood—villains lose their menace and those who appeared innocent seem less so.“

Elizabeth Gilbert, „City of Girls“: „The New York City theater world, told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth: female sexuality and promiscuity. In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater. When Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand.“

Elin Hilderbrand, „Summer of 69“: „Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century! It’s 1969. The children of the Levin family have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother’s historic home in downtown Nantucket: but this year Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, a nursing student, is caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests. Only son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child.

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04 Diversity Literature 2019 Tope Folarin, Tina Chang, Cherrie Moraga

Tope Folarin, „A Particular Kind of Black Man“: „A Nigerian family living in Utah and their uncomfortable assimilation to American life: Though Tunde speaks English with a Midwestern accent, he can’t escape the children who rub his skin and ask why the black won’t come off. Tunde’s father, ever the optimist, works tirelessly chasing his American dream while his wife, lonely in Utah without family and friends, sinks deeper into schizophrenia. Then one otherwise-ordinary morning, Tunde’s mother wakes him with a hug, bundles him and his baby brother into the car, and takes them away from the only home they’ve ever known. Once Tunde’s father tracks them down, she flees to Nigeria, and Tunde never feels at home again.“

Tina Chang, „Hybrida. Poems“: „Chang confronts the complexities of raising a mixed-race child during an era of political upheaval in the United States. Meditating on the lives of Michael Brown, Leiby Kletzky, and Noemi Álvarez Quillay—lost at the hands of individuals entrusted to protect them—Chang creates hybrid poetic forms that mirror her investigation of racial tensions. Hybrida is a twenty-first-century tale that is equal parts a mother’s love and her fury.

Cherrie Moraga, „Native Country of the Heart“: „The mother, Elvira, was hired out as a child, along with her siblings, by their own father to pick cotton in California’s Imperial Valley. The daughter, Cherríe Moraga, is a brilliant, pioneering, queer Latina feminist. As Moraga charts her mother’s journey–from impressionable young girl to battle-tested matriarch to, later on, an old woman suffering under the yoke of Alzheimer’s–she traces her own self-discovery of her gender-queer body and Lesbian identity.“

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05 Diversity Literature 2019 Jia Tolentino, Kenra Allen, Amber Tamblyn

Jia Tolentino, „Trick Mirror. Reflections on Self-Delusion“: „A book about the incentives that shape us, and about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly in a culture that revolves around the self. In each essay, Jia writes about the cultural prisms that have shaped her: the rise of the nightmare social internet; the American scammer as millennial hero; the literary heroine’s journey from brave to blank to bitter; the mandate that everything, including our bodies, should always be getting more efficient and beautiful until we die.“

Kendra Allen, „When you learn the Alphabet“: „A first collection of essays about things Kendra Allen never learned to let go of. Unifying personal narrative and cultural commentary, Allen allots space for large moments of tenderness and empathy for all black bodies—but especially all black woman bodies.“

Amber Tamblyn, „Era of Ignition. Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution“: „Through her fierce op-eds in media outlets such as the New York Times, Glamour, and Hollywood Reporter and her work as a founder of the Time’s Up organization, [actress] Tamblyn has tackled discrimination, sexual assault, reproductive rights, and pay parity.“

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06 Diversity Literature 2019 Hallie Rubenhold, Karen Tongson, Emily Nussbaum

Hallie Rubenhold, „The Five. The untold Lives of the Women killed by Jack the Ripper“: „Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. For more than a century, newspapers have been keen to tell us that ‘the Ripper’ preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as historian Hallie Rubenhold has discovered, it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told.“

Karen Tongson, „Why Karen Carpenter matters“: „Uplifting harmonies and sunny lyrics that propelled Karen Carpenter and her brother, Richard, to international fame. Karen died at age thirty-two from the effects of an eating disorder. Karen Tongson (whose Filipino musician parents named her after the pop icon) interweaves the story of the singer’s rise to fame with her own trans-Pacific journey between the Philippines–where imitations of American pop styles flourished–and Karen Carpenter’s home ground of Southern California. Tongson reveals why the Carpenters‘ chart-topping, seemingly whitewashed musical fantasies of „normal love“ can now have profound significance for her–as well as for other people of color, LGBT+ communities, and anyone outside the mainstream culture usually associated with Karen Carpenter’s legacy. This hybrid of memoir and biography excavates the destructive perfectionism at the root of the Carpenters‘ sound, while finding the beauty in the singer’s all too brief life.“

Emily Nussbaum, „I like to watch. Arguing my Way through the TV Revolution“: „From 2004 to her Pulitzer Prize–winning columns for The New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum has known all along that what we watch is who we are. Her passion for television began with stumbling upon „Buffy the Vampire Slayer“. What followed was a love affair with television, an education, and a fierce debate about whose work gets to be called “great” that led Nussbaum to a trailblazing career as a critic. She traces the evolution of female protagonists over the last decade, the complex role of sexual violence on TV, and what to do about art when the artist is revealed to be a monster.It’s a book that celebrates television as television, even as each year warps the definition of just what that might mean.“

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07 Diversity Literature 2019 Darcy Lockman, Jared Yates Sexton, Rachel Louise Snyder

Darcy Lockman, „All the Rage. Mothers, Fathers, and the Myth of Equal Partnership“: „In an era of seemingly unprecedented feminist activism, enlightenment, and change, data show that one area of gender inequality stubbornly remains: the unequal amount of parental work that falls on women, no matter their class or professional status. How can a commitment to fairness in marriage melt away upon the arrival of children?“

Jared Yates Sexton, „The Man they wanted me to be. Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of our own Making“: „Both memoir and cultural analysis, Jared Yates Sexton alternates between an examination of his working class upbringing and historical, psychological, and sociological sources that examine toxic masculinity. Globalism shifts labor away from traditional manufacturing, the roles that have been prescribed to men since the Industrial Revolution have been rendered as obsolete. Donald Trump’s campaign successfully leveraged male resentment and entitlement, and now, with Trump as president and the rise of the #MeToo movement, it’s clearer than ever what a problem performative masculinity is. Deeply personal and thoroughly researched, The Man They Wanted Me to Be examines how we teach boys what’s expected of men in America, and the long term effects of that socialization—which include depression, suicide, misogyny, and, ultimately, shorter lives. Sexton turns his keen eye to the establishment of the racist patriarchal structure which has favored white men, and investigates the personal and societal dangers of such outdated definitions of manhood.“

Rachel Louise Snyder, „No visible Bruises. What we don’t know about Domestic Violence can kill us“: „We call it domestic violence. We call it private violence. Sometimes we call it intimate terrorism. But we generally do not believe it has anything at all to do with us, despite the World Health Organization deeming it a “global epidemic.” Snyder gives context for what we don’t know we’re seeing. The common myths? That if things were bad enough, victims would just leave; that a violent person cannot become nonviolent; that shelter is an adequate response; that violence inside the home is separate from other forms of violence like mass shootings. Through the stories of victims, perpetrators, law enforcement, and reform movements from across the country, Snyder explores its far-reaching consequences for society, and what it will take to truly address it.“

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08 Diversity Literature 2019 Mariam Khan, Nikesh Shukla, Chimene Suleyman, Margaret Busby

Mariam Khan, „It’s not about the Burqua“: „When was the last time you heard a Muslim woman speak for herself without a filter? In 2016, Mariam Khan read that David Cameron had linked the radicalization of Muslim men to the ‘traditional submissiveness’ of Muslim women. Mariam felt pretty sure she didn’t know a single Muslim woman who would describe herself that way. Why was she hearing about Muslim women from people who were neither Muslim, nor female? Here are voices you won’t see represented in the national news headlines: seventeen Muslim women speaking frankly about the hijab and wavering faith, about love and divorce, about feminism, queer identity, sex, and the twin threats of a disapproving community and a racist country. According to the media, it’s all about the burqa. Here’s what it’s really about.

Nikesh Shukla & Chimene Suleyman, „The Good Immigrant. 26 Writers reflect on America“: „An urgent collection of essays by first and second-generation immigrants, exploring what it’s like to be othered in an increasingly divided America. Powerful personal stories of living between cultures and languages.“

Margaret Busby, „New Daughters of Africa. An international Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent“: „This major new international anthology brings together the work of over 200 women writers of African descent and charts a contemporary literary canon from 1900. A magnificent follow-up to Margaret Busby’s original landmark anthology, Daughters of Africa, this new companion volume brings together fresh and vibrant voices that have emerged in the last 25 years. New Daughters of Africa also testifies to a wealth of genres: autobiography, memoirs, oral history, letters, diaries, short stories, novels, poetry, drama, humour, politics, journalism, essays and speeches. Amongst the 200 contributors are: Patience Agbabi, Sefi Atta, Ayesha Harruna Attah, Malorie Blackman, Tanella Boni, Diana Evans, Bernardine Evaristo, Aminatta Forna, Danielle Legros Georges, Bonnie Greer, Andrea Levy, Imbolo Mbue, Yewande Omotoso, Nawal El Saadawi, Taiye Selasi, Warsan Shire, Zadie Smith and Andrea Stuart. Extraordinary literary achievements of Black women writers whose voices, despite on going discussions, remain under-represented and underrated.“

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09 Diversity Literature 2019 Margaret Hagerman, Clementine Ford, Donna Zuckerberg

Margaret A. Hagerman, „White Kids. Growing up with Privilege in a racially divided America“: „Riveting stories of how affluent, white children learn about race. Sociologist Margaret A. Hagerman zeroes in on affluent, white kids to observe how they make sense of privilege, unequal educational opportunities, and police violence. In fascinating detail, Hagerman considers the role that they and their families play in the reproduction of racism and racial inequality in America. White Kids, based on two years of research involving in-depth interviews with white kids and their families, explores questions such as, „How do white kids learn about race when they grow up in families that do not talk openly about race or acknowledge its impact?“ and „What about children growing up in families with parents who consider themselves to be ‚anti-racist‘?“ By observing families in their everyday lives, this book explores the extent to which white families, even those with anti-racist intentions, reproduce and reinforce the forms of inequality they say they reject.“ [2018]

Clementine Ford, „Boys will be Boys. Power, Patriarchy and the toxic Bonds of Mateship“: ‘How do I raise my son to respect women and give them equal space in the world? How do I make sure he’s a supporter and not a perpetrator?’ Our world conditions boys into entitlement, privilege and power at the expense not just of girls’ humanity but also of their own.“ [2018]

Donna Zuckerberg, „Not all dead white men. Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age“: „A disturbing exposé of how today’s alt-right men’s groups use ancient sources to promote a new brand of toxic masculinity online. A virulent strain of antifeminism is thriving online: People cite ancient Greek and Latin texts to support their claims–arguing that they articulate a model of masculinity that sustained generations but is now under siege. Online, pickup artists quote Ovid’s Ars Amatoria to justify ignoring women’s boundaries.“ [2018]

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10 Diversity Literature 2019 David Wallace-Wells, Dave Cullen, Max Williams

David Wallace-Wells, „The Uninhabitle Earth. Life after Warming“: „If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible. Without a revolution in how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth could become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century.“

Dave Cullen, „Parkland“: „The author of Columbine offers a deeply moving account of the teenage survivors of the Parkland shooting who pushed back against the NRA and Congressional leaders and launched the March for Our Lives movement. Four days after escaping Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, two dozen extraordinary kids announced the audacious March for Our Lives. A month later, it was the fourth largest protest in American history. Dave Cullen, who has been reporting on the epidemic of school shootings for two decades, takes us along on the students’ nine-month odyssey to the midterms and beyond. The Parkland students are genuinely candid about their experiences. We see them cope with shattered friendships and PTSD, along with the normal day-to-day struggles of school.“

Max William, „Heydrich. Dark Shadow of the SS“: „Himmler’s SS organisation was the ideal tool to execute Hitler’s plans. From an early age, Reinhard Heydrich was determined to succeed at every challenge he encountered. An ambitious sportsman, a loving family man, and a ruthless executive, Heydrich possessed all the qualities necessary to carry out Hitler’s policy in Himmler’s name. This book illustrates the life of the architect of genocide, his background, his upbringing, his family, and his career, which developed into engineering one of the greatest crimes in history.“

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Caroline Criado Perez, „Invisible Women. Data Bias in a World designed for Men“: „Imagine a world where your phone is too big for your hand, where your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body, where in a car accident you are 47% more likely to be seriously injured. Invisible Women shows us how, in a world largely built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half the population.“ Update, 2020: Autorin ist transfeindlich.

Nimko Ali, „What we’re told not to talk about. Women’s Voices from East London to Nigeria“: „This book is about vaginas. Fanny, cunt, flower, foo-foo, tuppence, whatever you want to call it almost half of the world’s population has one. Was Jessica Ennis on her period they day she won Olympic Gold? What does it feeling like to have a poo after you’ve given birth? From refugee camps in Calais to Oscar-winning actresses, to Nimko’s own story of living with FGM, each woman shares their own relationship with their vagina and its impact on their life.“

Chinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, Nancy Fraser: „Feminism for the 99 %. A Manifesto“: „Recent years have seen the emergence of massive feminist mobilizations around the world, offering an alternative to the liberal feminism that has become the handmaiden of capitalism and of Islamophobia. These new movements have taken aim at neoliberalism’s economic violence, the violence of xenophobic migratory policies, as well as the violence of imperialist military interventions and of environmental disasters. Looking to women mobilizing in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and other countries, the authors lay out a compelling set of demands. It is a manifesto that seeks to retrieve a radical and subversive feminism, for the emergence of an international anticapitalist feminist network.“

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12 Diversity Literature 2019 Shaun David Hutchinson, David K. Johnson, Hugh Ryan

Shaun David Hutchinson, „Brave Face. How I survided growing up, coming out and Depression“: „What led to an attempted suicide in his teens? “I wasn’t depressed because I was gay. I was depressed and gay.” Shaun David Hutchinson was nineteen. Struggling to find the vocabulary to understand and accept who he was and how he fit into a community in which he couldn’t see himself.“

David K. Johnson, „Buying Gay. How Physique Entrepreneurs sparked a Movement“:In 1951, a new type of publication appeared on newsstands–the physique magazine produced by and for gay men. For many men growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, these magazines and their images and illustrations of nearly naked men, as well as articles, letters from readers, and advertisements, served as an initiation into gay culture. This has often been seen as peripheral to the gay political movement. David K. Johnson shows how gay commerce was not a byproduct but rather an important catalyst for the gay rights movement. Buying Gay explores the connections–and tensions–between the market and the movement. With circulation rates many times higher than the openly political „homophile“ magazines, physique magazines were the largest gay media outlets of their time.“

Hugh Ryan, „When Brooklyn was queer“: „Brooklyn’s vibrant and forgotten queer history, from the mid-1850s up to the present day. Not only has Brooklyn always lived in the shadow of queer Manhattan neighborhoods like Greenwich Village and Harlem, but there has also been a systematic erasure of its queer history. Folks like Ella Wesner and Florence Hines, the most famous drag kings of the late-1800s; E. Trondle, a transgender man whose arrest in Brooklyn captured headlines for weeks in 1913; Hamilton Easter Field, whose art commune in Brooklyn Heights nurtured Hart Crane and John Dos Passos; Mabel Hampton, a black lesbian who worked as a dancer at Coney Island in the 1920s; Gustave Beekman, the Brooklyn brothel owner at the center of a WWII gay Nazi spy scandal; and Josiah Marvel, a curator at the Brooklyn Museum who helped create a first-of-its-kind treatment program for gay men arrested for public sex in the 1950s.“

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13 Diversity Literature 2019 Tressie McMillan Cottom, Grace Talusan, Maia Kobabe

Tressie McMillan Cottom, „Thick: and other Essays“: Smart, humorous, and strikingly original thoughts on race, beauty, money by one of today’s most intrepid public intellectuals A modern black American female voice waxing poetic on self and society, serving up a healthy portion of clever prose and southern aphorisms in a style uniquely her own. The political, the social, and the personal are almost always one and the same.“

Grace Talusan, „The Body Papers. A Memoir“: „Sexual abuse, depression, cancer, and life as a Filipino immigrant: Born in the Philippines, young Grace Talusan moves with her family to a New England suburb in the 1970s. At school, she confronts racism as one of the few kids with a brown face. At home, the confusion is worse: her grandfather’s nightly visits to her room leave her hurt and terrified, and she learns to build a protective wall of silence that maps onto the larger silence practiced by her Catholic Filipino family. Talusan learns as a teenager that her family’s legal status in the country has always hung by a thread—for a time, they were “illegal.” Family, she’s told, must be put first.“

Maia Kobabe, „Gender Queer. A Memoir“: „Maia uses e/em/eir pronouns. Maia’s intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes grappling with how to come out to family and society and bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity–what it means and how to think about it.bereits gelesen: große Empfehlung!

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14 Diversity Literature 2019 Mira Jacob, Ines Estrada, Lucy Knisley

Mira Jacob, „Good Talk. A Memoir in Conversations“: „Like many six-year-olds, Mira Jacob’s half-Jewish, half-Indian son, Z, has questions about everything. At first they are innocuous enough, but as tensions from the 2016 election spread into the family, they become much, much more complicated. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where she’s gotten her own answers: her most formative conversations about race, color, sexuality, and, of course, love. This graphic memoir is a love letter to the art of conversation.“

Inés Estrada, „Alienation“: „Drawn in hazy gray pencil and printed in blue pantone ink, this graphic novel is about Elizabeth, an exotic dancer in cyberspace, and Carlos, who was just fired from the last human-staffed oil rig, attempting to keep their romance alive. When they realize that their bodies are full of artificial organs and they live almost entirely online, they begin to question what being human actually means.

Lucy Knisley, „Kid Gloves. Nine Months of Careful Chaos“: „If you work hard enough, if you want it enough, if you’re smart and talented and “good enough,” you can do anything. Except get pregnant. Her whole life, Lucy Knisley wanted to be a mother. But when it was finally the perfect time, conceiving turned out to be harder than anything she’d ever attempted. Fertility problems were followed by miscarriages, and her eventual successful pregnancy plagued by health issues, up to a dramatic, near-death experience during labor and delivery. This moving, hilarious, and surprisingly informative memoir not only follows Lucy’s personal transition into motherhood but also illustrates the history and science of reproductive health from all angles.“

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15 Diversity Literature 2019 Ada Hoffmann, Kameron Hurley, Guy Gavriel Kay

Ada Hoffmann, „The Outside“: „Autistic scientist Yasira Shien has developed a radical new energy drive that could change the future of humanity. But when she activates it, reality warps, destroying the space station and everyone aboard. The AI Gods who rule the galaxy declare her work heretical, and Yasira is abducted by their agents. Instead of simply executing her, they offer mercy – if she’ll help them hunt down a bigger target: her own mysterious, vanished mentor. Yasira must choose who to trust: the gods and their ruthless post-human angels, or the rebel scientist whose unorthodox mathematics could turn her world inside out.

Kameron Hurley, „The Light Brigade“: „A futuristic war during which soldiers are broken down into light in order to get them to the front lines on Mars. Dietz, a fresh recruit in the infantry, begins to experience combat drops that don’t sync up with the platoon’s. Is Dietz really experiencing the war differently, or is it combat madness? A worthy successor to classic stories like Downbelow Station, Starship Troopers, and The Forever War: a gritty time-bending take on the future of war.“

Guy Gavriel Kay, „A Brightness Long Ago“: „Set in a world evoking early Renaissance Italy: Danio Cerra’s fate changed the moment he saw Adria Ripoli as she entered the count’s chambers one autumn night–intending to kill. Born to power, Adria had chose a life of danger–and freedom. A healer determined to defy her expected lot; a charming, frivolous son of immense wealth; a powerful religious leader more decadent than devout: both a compelling drama and a deeply moving reflection on the nature of memory.“