Why: it’s story about mental health and eating disorders affecting Black women, and the people suffering not be believed
- Impressions of An Indian Childhood by Zitkala Sa
Why: Born when residential schools were on the rise, Zitkala Sa tells her own person story and struggle of being removed from her culture. Also covering a virtually ignored historical era, that was on going until literally the 90s
- Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
Why: Science fiction by a Black woman and my own personal saint. Anything she wrote is gold. Post apocalyptic story the hero is a disabled, no neurotypical Black woman. Very relevant to what is going on now.
- A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid
Why: A narrative/reflection on tourism and colonialism’s affect on Antigua and the Caribbean. In a time where this area has been ravished by storms, but not helped by the thousands who exploit the islands this is an important read.
-Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog
Why: A often ignored woman leader of the AIM movement, this is one of her auto biographies. She tells her side of the historical events she lived through, during yet another ignored historical era.
- Burnt Bread and Chutney by Carmit Delman
Why: An honest memoir about a woman who grew up strattling two cultures. A Carmit is a Jewish Indian woman, which until I read this book was a demographic I had zero idea existed. She gives light to this community from her own experiences.
-Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi
Written by an Egyptian feminist recounting the story of a sex worker who was put to death. With honest recounts and reflection on the Arab Egyptian culture they are both from. It’s a good book and I like that the author doesn’t demonize sex work or Islam. TW: rape, circumcision, execution, murder.
Why: Kick ass graphic novel, epic fantasy, steam punk, and amazing world building
There are literally a billion more but here are some of my personal favorites!
I love staring at my bookshelves. Not because of the aesthetic, but because there’s so many stories, worlds, characters, and places that are full of love, heartbreak, and real emotions and at any moment I can take the dive into any one and immerse myself in the words.