Beyond the Borders
It’s time to step outside your comfort zone, outside your borders, or outside of your own country or culture. Tell us about the books that transported you to a different world, taught you about a different culture, and/or helped you step into the shoes of someone different from you. What impacted you the most about this book? What books would you recommend to others who are ready or not ready to step over the line? In essence, let’s start the conversation about diversity and keep it going!
Diversity in books has become a super hot topic this year. There's been a big push to read books by minority authors, women, and books with LGBT characters and more.
I'm all about doing my part. So in July, every book that I'm reading/reviewing/posting about will be written by a woman author. I'm call it All Lady July! I'm really looking forward to sharing them all with you! (Would you like to guest post and talk about your favorite female author? Look in my about me section for my email,or twitter me, or send me smoke signal, whatever)
I also really love to read books about different countries, especially if it's an expat situation and you get to read about their efforts to fit into a new place. They pop up on the blog a lot!
Here's a couple that I've read and enjoyed:
"Paris I Love You But I'm Bringing Me Down" by Rosencrans Baldwin. A man gets a job in France (knowing minimal French) and brings his wife to Paris. The struggles of living in a country where just getting the cable hooked up is a struggle like you wouldn't believe makes for great reading!
|Also, obsessed with the cover.|
"Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing and Havana" by Stephanie Elizondo Griest. A woman lives in the aforementioned places and compares it to her life in an American democracy. (I thought Moscow and Havana were the most interesting sections).
"Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid" by Jessica Alexander. A woman chronicles her journey throughout the world working for different humanitarian causes. It's so interesting and heartbreaking at points.
"Lenin Lives Next Door:Marriage, Martinis and Mayhem in Moscow" by Jennifer Ermeeva. An American woman lives next door to the building where they store Lenin's mummified corpse when they are working on it or when it's not on display. Also I think the author is doing a signing at IRL BEA on Friday? I read so many books about Russia I'm pretty sure NSA has a file on me.