Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal over at Bookshelves & Paperbacks. Every week, you come up with a book for each of three different categories: a diverse book you have read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your TBR, and one that has not yet been released. You can check out the announcement post for more information. And all the graphics are from Aimal, because they’re awesome and I don’t know how to make awesome ones on my own.
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How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white.
In the aftermath of Tariq’s death, everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events line up. Day by day, new twists further obscure the truth.
Tariq’s friends, family, and community struggle to make sense of the tragedy, and to cope with the hole left behind when a life is cut short. In their own words, they grapple for a way to say with certainty: This is how it went down.
I read this during Diversity December and it’s really good. It goes between the point of views of maybe a dozen people, I think. Some reviewers said that they had a problem keeping track of the different characters. I personally didn’t really have that problem, but I enjoy keeping track of things like that. I really liked it because everyone had different knowledge of Tariq and that shaped the kind of person they thought he was. I think that it made the story really interesting and really showed how a person could be multifaceted and how they fit into different situations with different people.
The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson
Since leaving his homeland, the earthbound demigod Demane has been labeled a sorcerer. With his ancestors’ artifacts in hand, the Sorcerer follows the Captain, a beautiful man with song for a voice and hair that drinks the sunlight.
The two of them are the descendants of the gods who abandoned the Earth for Heaven, and they will need all the gifts those divine ancestors left to them to keep their caravan brothers alive.
The one safe road between the northern oasis and southern kingdom is stalked by a necromantic terror. Demane may have to master his wild powers and trade humanity for godhood if he is to keep his brothers and his beloved captain alive.
This one just sounds so cool. I love gods and demigods, and when they’re stuck on earth I think that it always makes an awesome story. And there is also a queer couple in this, I’m pretty sure haven’t read that before; a canon queer couple in a fantasy book. So I’m pretty excited for this one. Also necromancy, I really dig necromancy, I think it’s so interesting.
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.
But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.
Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?
This one just sounds so good. I haven’t read any books where immigration plays a role in a main characters life. I’ve heard that the family relationships in this are amazing, and that the romance is really sweet. I think there’s street art in it too, but I’m not 100% sure about that. I’m really interested in the immigration aspect because the author herself immigrated from Haiti to the US as a child, which brings a whole layer of prospective to the story. Also there’s this aesthetic post by diversaesthetic that is so pretty!
This will be released February 14, 2017.