Family dramas are one of my favourite genres. I love the focus on relationships and family dynamics, and particularly gravitate towards stories which challenge traditional gender roles in parenting and domestic responsibilities. What I don't love is when books that portray relevant and relatable themes for both men and women, are labelled as 'women's fiction'. I may be taking the praise for Sally Hepworth's The Family Next Door as being "women's fiction at its finest" too seriously, but I think it's necessary to challenge the way we label fiction. The themes of marriage, parenthood, post-partum depression and gender roles are pertinent in Hepworth's novel, yet by marketing and branding this book as 'women's fiction' we are ultimately perpetuating the stereotype that these themes are solely women's issues. While I'm not a mother, I found Hepworth's exploration of such themes from the perspective of different women really insightful, and a reading experience that, no doubt, could be just as beneficial and insightful for men. . In 2019, we're beginning to speak more about experiences of emotional labour and post-partum depression, and we're slowly breaking down traditional gender roles, and it's so great that these conversations are being had, but the reality is they're being predominantly driven by women and directed towards women. Female and family-oriented stories that give valuable insight into such experiences deserve to be shared on a broader scale, so please, let's not isolate them by labelling them as stories only applicable to women.
A Place For Us By Fatima Faheen Mirza 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 . A strict and seemingly unapproachable father, has high expectations from his youngest and most sensitive child, Amar who is betrayed by those he trusts completely. Hadia is the eldest child of the family, determined to prove her worth whereas Huda, the younger daughter is more laidback. Layla is the loving mother, trying to hold them all together by doing what she believes is in their best interests. . This could easily be the story of the family next door or it could be the story of someone you know. What I mean is not that the story is a common one but rather that it is a very relatable one. The dynamics of relationships in a family, the differences of nature among siblings, the impact that words or sometimes even the silence in a moment may have, are all very beautifully presented. The nuances of familial bonds have been written in a very subtle manner but the beauty of Mirza’s writing shines through brilliantly! . The only thing that irritated me a bit were the sudden shifts in the narrative and the tenses but despite that minor inconvenience I loved the book. 💖💙 . This or any other review may not be able to convey even a fraction of the book’s worth so just read it for yourself! . 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 . . #bookstagram#books#bookshelf#bookstagrammer#bookworm#bookaholic#readersofinstagram#booksofig#bookblogger#potd#bookclub#fiction#bookstagramista#unitedbookstagram 164/365 #readingchallenge#bookblog#womenauthors#muslimstories#bookreview#literaryfiction#aplaceforus#hyderabad#fatimafaheenmirza#sjp
"When Buffy breaks something, she breaks it good." 🖤 Hi there. This is my awkward reintroduction to the bookstagram world. I've been out of the loop for the past few months as I performed in NY and L.A., finished my last semester of school, graduated with my Bachelor's in Fine Arts, went through a brief period of anxiety induced withdrawal from pretty much everyone and everything besides my dog, started working on building my artistic career, applied and interviewed for over a dozen jobs, and finally got hired at a local children's museum as an educator for the summer (and hopefully beyond). In other words, I am figuring sh*t out and trying to be patient yet persistent as I go. 👍 In all honesty, reading has helped me stay grounded throughout the process, and even though I haven't been active on this platform, I've definitely still kept up my bookwormy ways. I'm in a book love triangle right now with three titles, one of them being Slayer by Kiersten White, which really fills up the hole in my heart that the ending of the Buffy series left behind. While the story doesn't follow her character directly, it provides a look into the aftermath of the final season and is definitely hinting at some unfinished business regarding Buffy + other characters from the original story. Buffy has been a bright spot for me in dark times (despite it's problematic moments...I'm looking at you Spike) during the last few years, and I find it comforting to know that her story goes on in some way. I think this book is one that found me at the right time, much like the series did during that summer before my first year of undergrad. 💞 So. That's all. Happy to see you again BG. 👋 #bookstagram#bookworm#womenauthors#womenwhoread#diversereads#femaleleads#feministlit#igreads#instareading#instareader#slayer#buffythevampireslayer#kierstenwhite#ya#yanovels#purplebooks#booksanddogs#booksinbed#booksandsocks#bookphoto#bookphotography#junereads
And somehow I know that you’re still watching over me👼🏽... . . I can’t help but to wonder, what were your thoughts as you were looking down at me? 💕... I miss you every day and I only hope that I am making you proud 😊 . . 6/23... worst day ever 💔
Get to Know a Black Author: Toni Cade Bambara Toni Cade Bambara, original name Toni Cade, (born March 25, 1939, New York, N.Y., U.S.—died Dec. 9, 1995, Philadelphia, Pa.), American writer, civil-rights activist, and teacher who wrote about the concerns of the African-American community. Reared by her mother in Harlem, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Queens, N.Y., Bambara (a surname she adopted in 1970) was educated at Queens College (B.A., 1959). In 1961 she went to Europe, studying acting and mime in Italy and in France. She received an M.A. in 1964 from City College of the City University of New York. She was a frequent lecturer and teacher at universities and a political activist who worked to raise black Americanconsciousness and pride. In the 1970s she was active in both the black liberation and the women’s movements. Bambara’s fiction, which is set in the rural South as well as the urban North, is written in black street dialect and presents sharply drawn characters whom she portrayed with affection. She published the short-story collections Gorilla, My Love (1972) and The Sea Birds Are Still Alive (1977), as well as the novels The Salt Eaters (1980) and If Blessing Comes (1987). She edited and contributed to The Black Woman: An Anthology (1970) and to Tales and Stories for Black Folks(1971). She also collaborated on several television documentaries. Source: www.britannica.com #goodblackreads#blackauthors#blackwriters#womenwriters#womenauthors#womenofcolor#pocwriters#africanauthors#africanliterature#africanlit#blacklit#blackliterature#bookstagram#tonicadebambara
‘All through her arrest and incarceration. . . to this day, she has refused to speak about what happened that night. The refuge of those who are unable to offer a plain and honest defence. Well, if she can now offer an explanation, I am sure you will hear it, gentlemen, I am sure you will hear it. But it seems to me that a satisfactory explanation is impossible when the crime is attended with circumstances such as these.’ I grip the railing, shackles clanking like keys. I can’t hold on to what he’s saying. My eye swings around the room, catches the sword hung behind the judge, silver as a chunk of moon. I read the words hammered in gold beneath. ‘ A false witness shall not be unpunished, but he speaketh lies shall perish.’ Well. We’re all going to perish, liars, and truth-tellers alike, though the Old Bailey is meant to speed a liar’s progress. But that’s not what frightens me. What frightens me is dying believing that it was me who killed her. ~ and so it begins. _______________________________________ This is my selection for Day 23 of #readcaribbean Debut and Day 5 of the #12daysofdiversespines challenge. _____________________________________ The Confessions of Frankie Langton, A servant and former slave is accused of murdering her employer and his wife in this astonishing historical thriller that moves from a Jamaican sugar plantation to the fetid streets of Georgian London—a remarkable literary debut with echoes of Alias Grace, The Underground Railroad, and The Paying Guests. All of London is abuzz with the scandalous case of Frannie Langton, accused of the brutal double murder of her employers, renowned scientist George Benham and his eccentric French wife, Marguerite. Crowds pack the courtroom, eagerly following every twist, while the newspapers print lurid theories about the killings and the mysterious woman being tried at the Old Bailey. The testimonies against Frannie are damning. She is a seductress, a witch, a master manipulator,
The Source of Self-Regard is brimming with all the elegance of mind and style, the literary prowess and moral compass that are Toni Morrison's inimitable hallmark. It is divided into three parts: the first is introduced by a powerful prayer for the dead of 9/11; the second by a searching meditation on Martin Luther King Jr., and the last by a heart-wrenching eulogy for James Baldwin. In the writings and speeches included here, Morrison takes on contested social issues: the foreigner, female empowerment, the press, money, "black matter(s)," and human rights. She looks at enduring matters of culture: the role of the artist in society, the literary imagination, the Afro-American presence in American literature, and in her Nobel lecture, the power of language itself. And here too is piercing commentary on her own work (including The Bluest Eye, Sula, Tar Baby, Jazz, Beloved, and Paradise) and that of others, among them, painter and collagist Romare Bearden, author Toni Cade Bambara, and theater director Peter Sellars. In all,The Source of Self-Regard is a luminous and essential addition to Toni Morrison's oeuvre. #goodblackreads#blackauthors#blackwriters#womenwriters#womenauthors#womenofcolor#pocwriters#africanauthors#africanliterature#africanlit#blacklit#blackliterature#bookstagram#tonimorrison
Today marks the seventh anniversary of Trayvon Martin's killing by George Zimmerman. #photocredit @overlyattachedreader Five years after his tragic death, Trayvon Martin’s name is still evoked every day. He has become a symbol of social justice activism, as has his hauntingly familiar image: the photo of a child still in the process of becoming a young man, wearing a hoodie and gazing silently at the camera. But who was Trayvon Martin, before he became, in death, an icon? And how did one black child’s death on a dark, rainy street in a small Florida town become the match that lit a civil rights crusade? Rest in Power, told through the compelling alternating narratives of Trayvon's parents, answers, for the first time, those questions from the most intimate of sources. It’s the story of the beautiful and complex child they lost, the cruel unresponsiveness of the police and the hostility of the legal system, and the inspiring journey they took from grief and pain to power, and from tragedy and senselessness to meaning. #goodblackreads#blackauthors#blackwriters#womenwriters#womenauthors#womenofcolor#pocwriters#africanauthors#africanliterature#africanlit#blacklit#blackliterature#bookstagram#trayvonmartin#restinpower
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral…for all the wrong reasons. Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it—she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be. Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free. #goodblackreads#blackauthors#blackwriters#womenwriters#womenauthors#womenofcolor#pocwriters#africanauthors#africanliterature#africanlit#blacklit#blackliterature#bookstagram#angiethomas#onthecomeup
Get to Know a Black Author: Paul Laurence Dunbar Born on June 27, 1872, Paul Laurence Dunbar was one of the first African American poets to gain national recognition. His parents Joshua and Matilda Murphy Dunbar were freed slaves from Kentucky. His parents separated shortly after his birth, but Dunbar would draw on their stories of plantation life throughout his writing career. By the age of fourteen, Dunbar had poems published in the Dayton Herald. While in high school he edited the Dayton Tattler, a short-lived black newspaper published by classmate Orville Wright. He wrote verse and short stories, many of which were written in black dialect despite the fact that he felt the marketability of dialect poetry was demeaning. He was one of the first black writers to attempt to make an living from his writing, and certainly one of the first to gain national prominence. Source: poets.org & biography.com #goodblackreads#blackauthors#blackwriters#womenwriters#womenauthors#womenofcolor#pocwriters#africanauthors#africanliterature#africanlit#blacklit#blackliterature#bookstagram#paullaurencedunbar View all 9 comments
Get to Know a Black Author: Michelle Alexander Michelle Alexander is a civil rights lawyer, advocate, professor, and scholar best known for her acclaimed work The New Jim Crow (2010. Born in 1967, she graduated from Vanderbilt University and Stanford Law School. After law school, she clerked for Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun and Chief Judge Abner Mikva on the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Before practicing law and turning to writing, Alexander was the director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU in Northern California. While there, she began to look more deeply into issues of criminal justice reform and started a campaign against racial profiling – “Driving While Black or Brown Campaign. She worked at private law firms specializing in plaintiff-side class-action lawsuits regarding racial and gender discrimination. In 2005, she was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship, which helped her write The New Jim Crow. She also attained a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. In recent years she has taught at several universities including Stanford; she is currently an Associate Professor of Law at Ohio State University. When President Obama was deciding whom to appoint to the vacancy on the Supreme Court in 2016, a petition circulated proposing Alexander as the nominee. She is married to Carter Mitchell Stewart and has three children. Source: gradesaver.com #goodblackreads#blackauthors#blackwriters#womenwriters#womenauthors#womenofcolor#pocwriters#africanauthors#africanliterature#africanlit#blacklit#blackliterature#bookstagram#newjimcrow#michellealexander
Don’t Miss the Official Book Launch of “When the Bow Breaks,” a girl’s story about healthy, self-identity, author Dr. Johnette Ruffner-Ceasar. Sunday, June 30th @3 PM, Laurel, MD. Bring your daughters, granddaughters & nieces for an engaging, Keep it 100 conversation!!!
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