2015 Dive Into Diversity Challenge: January Roundup

February 1st, 2015 12:08 pm by mad mags


So I’m off to a strong start for the year – every single one of my January reads was diverse in some way! Occasionally the diversity came as an unexpected, pleasant surprise (such as in Stitching Snow and Winterspell), while other times I thought it was a good start, but one that had me yearning for more (e.g., A Murder of Crows) windows xp kostenlos deutsch. In some cases, I’m not 100% certain that the book’s diverse enough to be included in the challenge (for example, how to judge a book of short stories? Is one or two diverse tales out of a dozen or more acceptable?) – so I’ve included a brief note about each book’s qualifications at the end of the post, so you can judge for yourself music download for free youtube mp4. (Pro tip: these notes may contain spoilers.) I briefly considered making an “honorable mentions” category, but I’m just way too indecisive for that.

Seeing as there’s so much overlap with the LGBT Challenge, I’ll just copy and post the relevant titles to that list; same deal.


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  • Stitching Snow by R.C einladungskarten geburtstag herunterladen. Lewis (2014); reviewed here

    The Garamites are described as “golden-skinned”; possibly they could be people of color, but more likely they’re just super-tan due to their planet’s close proximity to the sun (which is how I read it). Otherwise, there isn’t any racial diversity that I recall.

    Essie suffers from panic attacks and likely PTSD due to childhood sexual abuse at the hands of her father pro7 videosen. Unlike with Kitty’s PTSD in Captive (which is mentioned once or twice and then abandoned), Essie’s anxiety has an ongoing, severe negative impact on her life: on Thanda, she lives on the outskirts of the mining colony; mostly keeps to herself, eschewing social contact; and isn’t interested in men, because she’s afraid of physical and emotional intimacy. Her anxiety rears its head time and again, whether she’s physically cornered in a fight; grows close with Dane; or finally returns to Windsong to confront her rapist father tiptoi herunterladen. For this reason, I think that Stitching Snow qualifies as a diverse book.

    Also, Dane loses a leg (it’s crushed in a automated door), but it’s in the last few chapters of the book, so his disability isn’t explored in detail.

  • Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire edited by Amber Dawn (2009); reviewed here

    An anthology of “Tales of Fear and Queer Desire,” Fist of the Spider woman is greatly diverse, particularly in terms of sexuality and gender. Nearly all of the stories feature lesbian protagonists; there are also intersex, transgender, genderqueer, and disabled women (and a few men) characters. Rape is a frequent theme.

  • A Murder of Crows: Seventeen Tales of Monsters and the Macabre by DeAnna Knippling (2014); reviewed here

    When taken as a whole, I’m not sure that A Murder of Crows is diverse enough that I’d categorize it as a diverse book (as in “we need diverse books”); but a number of stories are noteworthy for featuring gay protagonists (“The Edge of the World”; “Be Good”); Native American characters (“The Strongest Thing About Me is Hate”; “The Vengeance Quilt”); and those with physical disabilities (for example, the grandmother in “Inappropriate Gifts” suffers from Bell’s Palsy and is self-conscious about how it affects her speech). And of course “Be Good” is just a shiny, lovely (but heartbreakingly so), gay-friendly gem.

  • Winterspell by Claire Legrand (2014); reviewed here

    In terms of racial diversity, not much. One or two random people on the street are described as “dark-skinned” in passing, but otherwise there’s little/no racial diversity. However, there’s a strong homoerotic subtext to Clara’s interactions with Anise. (Totally ship those two harder than Clara-Nicholas, all things considered.) Given how their relationship plays out, I’m not sure what message – if any – this sends about same-sex couplings (i.e., it never progresses past the taboo, and ultimately Clara is forced to repudiate Anise, who – unlike Nicholas – is deemed beyond redemption).

  • Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement (2014); reviewed here

    The story takes place in Mexico: first on a rural mountain Guerrero, in a village comprised mostly of women; then in nearby Acapulco; and finally in a women’s prison in Mexico City. Fittingly, all but one of the characters (a Brit named Georgia, doing time for drug trafficking) are POC; most are women. Ladydi’s cellmate Luna lost one arm in a train accident; Estafani’s mother has AIDS; and Aurora is sick from exposure to pesticides/herbicides/insecticides. Ladydi’s mother struggles with alcoholism, and Paula suffers from PTSD after she was kidnapped and repeatedly raped.

  • A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev (2014); reviewed here

    Even though the bulk of the story takes place in America, most of the characters are Indian or of Indian descent. Samir is biracial – his birth mother was white, but she left him with his father’s family in India after the untimely death of Samir’s father. He was raised by his father’s first wife, his half-brother Virat’s mother. Samir was verbally and physically abused by his grandfather, at least in part because of his light, “European” skin. Ridhi’s parents don’t want her to marry Ravi, who’s from South India vs. Punjab. Sara is dying of cancer. Samir has possible PTSD due to childhood abuse.

    Contains a scene of female masturbation.

  • The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (2015); review coming in March

    Ori is biracial. (She’s described variously as “half one thing and half another” and with “medium-brown skin and thick, straight black hair […] None of us could tell if she was Latina or mixed.”) Furthermore, you could argue that racism and classism played a role in her incarceration – it was easier for folks to believe that Ori, the girl from the “wrong” family, was guilty of murder vs. her wealthy white friend.

    While the ghost story/murder mysteries dominate the story, Suma also touches upon a number of real-world issues, such as the prison industrial complex; self-harm; bullying; sexual harassment and assault; the war on drugs; and racism and classism.


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    3 Responses to “2015 Dive Into Diversity Challenge: January Roundup”

    1. 2015 LGBTQ Reading Challenge: January Roundup » vegan daemon Says:

      […] deal as with the Dive Into Diversity challenge: a cover gallery, followed by a list of titles and a brief explanation as to why I included them on […]

    2. Lea Says:

      I read A Bollywood Affair in Jan for #DiversityDive also. :)

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