A Different Sky by Meira Chand

Review   Summary Singapore, 1927. Three young people are starting to question whether this in between island can ever truly be their home. Mei Lan comes from a famous Chinese dynasty but yearns to free herself from its stifling traditions. Ten year old old Howard seethes at the indignities heaped on his fellow Eurasians by …

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

Review   Summary In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to …

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Review Summary At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers, ventures to the border of Fairyland. His goal? To discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up. But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on …

The Vagrants by Yiyun Li

Review   Summary Brilliant and illuminating, The Vagrants, Yiyun Li’s debut novel, is set in China in the late 1970s. Beijing was rocked by the Democratic Wall Movement, an anti-Communist groundswell designed to move China beyond the dark shadow of the Cultural Revolution toward a more enlightened and open society. In this powerful and beautiful story, …

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

In this collection of essays, Solnit provides readers with a mix of sizzling feminist critique and the sharp wit we’ve come to expect from her work. The title essay, “Men Explain Things to Me,” starts the collection off with a bang; Solnit’s humor drives home her points about male arrogance and assumed expertise. This essay …

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Oh, how deeply I have fallen in love with this book! It didn’t take many pages before I knew that this would be one of my favorite books of all time. Although technically it’s a young adult novel, it’s incredible cleverness, sophistication, and willingness to tackle big issues makes it a wonderful read for adults …