Diversity in Reading Meme
I’m usually not big on meme’s. And in this case, I am fully aware that my own reading is a far cry from where it should be. However, as I read through the meme’s done by Dana and bookgirl, I realized that I have done some wide reading in the past year or so. Now, if only I could get out of my young adult rut and sit at the big people’s literary table.
1. Name the last book by a female author that you’ve read.
I’m currently reading Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth. Finished the first of the short stories today. But if we’re going to be legalistic about things, I finished A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle yesterday.
2. Name the last book by an African or African-American author that you’ve read.
The book I’m currently teaching in my Grade 12 World Literature class – Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga. A female coming of age story set in 1960’s Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
3. Name one from a Latino/a author.
I’m in the middle of In the Name of Salome by Julia Alvarez. She’s one of my favorite authors. I don’t know why it’s been so hard to get through this book though.
4. How about one from an Asian country or Asian-American?
5. What about a GLBT writer?
This one’s hard. I can’t say for certain here. It would probably be long ago with something like The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.
6. Why not name an Israeli/Arab/Turk/Persian writer, if you’re feeling lucky?
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. That feels like a bit of a cop-out though. Hasn’t everyone read that?
7. Any other “marginalized” authors that you’ve read lately?
Let me take this opportunity to rave about a book I just finished – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie. I had seen so many recommendations for this book around blogs, on twitter, and on lists for young adult reads. Another teacher and I picked up 2 copies of the book a couple weeks ago on a school book-shopping trips. Should’ve only picked up one. Because of the conservative nature of our school and some of the swearing and blase references to masturbation, we won’t be able to put the book on our middle school shelves (probably not even on the shelves of our high school classroom libraries) but this book was AMAZING! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a book that paints the picture of this marginalized population of the United States in such vivid detail – especially for a young adult audience. Read it.