Friday Five

Women Doing Their Thing

I love reading stories of empowered women so I am sharing some of those with you this week.  Some will will inspire, others will caution, most are true, but all are enjoyable summer reads.  


Wild Seed Wild Seed
Octavia Butler
This Afrofuturistic novel by the Queen of Black Science Fiction continues the story of Anyanwu, a shape-shifting healer who is abducted and taken to the New World. How does she escape Doro and others with supernatural abilities trying to control her? Read and find out!
 
Joy Luck Club The Joy Luck Club
Amy Tan
The Joy Luck Club presents the complexities of immigrant mother-American born daughter relationships through the voices of 8 women.  Each woman shares her story about how she came to find her voice while the mother/daughter relationship is simultaneously diluted in translation. 
My Beloved World My Beloved World
Sonia Sotomayor
Who doesn't like reading a projects to prominence story?  Had I read this in high school I would have had a better understanding of what I could expect in college, years later as a woman of color.   Latinos might find this particularly noteworthy, but everyone should know how we came to have our first Latino Supreme Court Justice.  
Marbles Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me
Ellen Forney
This is the second graphic novel I've read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was suggested to me by a friend, "it's about a woman who takes you on her journey through a mental disorder." Who doesn't want to read about that? Usually, I wouldn't want to. But bipolarity in a graphic novel? Sure. 
 
Nefertiti

Nefertiti
Michelle Moran
In this work of historical fiction we learn about how Nefertiti leaned in all the way and snatched some crowns. She was a fierce woman capable of ruling Egypt solo and Michelle Moran's account of how it all happened is very exciting. Nefertiti is currently only available as an audio book which can help you check off a Summer Block for Summer Reading!