I didn't have much time or emotional capacity to read this month so I only managed to get through three books (and partway through a number of others), but they were all great and worth it! So here goes...
Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi
I found this lovely graphic novel in the sale section in a used bookstore and had to snag it! It only took half an afternoon to read, but Satrapi pulled me through so many emotions. The story of her childhood in Iran was heartbreaking, but with beautiful and funny moments of joy. I don't know enough about Iran, but this little book packs in a lot of it's history and gives me a good jumping off point to do more reading.
Hunger - Roxane Gay
I did not love Bad Feminist so it took me much too long to pick up a copy of Hunger as I wasn't sure I loved her style of writing and it kills me when I dislike deeply personal memoirs. But I gave it a go and just. Whoa. Gay shares her experiences on being a woman of size in this often cruel and insensitive world we live in, but she also shares the source of her "hunger" - getting gang raped at a young age. I'm not sure I've read a more deeply personal memoir. It was so hard to read, but I'm grateful she shared her story as it has helped me expand my view on what it's like to be bigger and to constantly deal with the trauma of sexual assault. I happened to read this book during the heartbreaking but inspiring #metoo movement and I'm grateful for women like Gay who bravely share their stories so we can learn and fight for change.
Another Day In The Death Of America - Gary Younge
I'd been wanting to read this book for a while, but after the Las Vegas shooting I decided it was finally time to put down the fiction and read it. And then it took me a month to get through because it was just. so. heavy. Each chapter highlights one child who was killed by gun violence in America on November 23, 2013, a day selected at random. We learn about their lives, their stories, their deaths, and the aftermath. While Younge discusses the many options activists have put forward to end gun violence, he weighs the options, discusses whether or not they are actually doable, and to what extent they could curb the violence. But it is not the focus of the book and he does not have any solutions. I highly recommend you read this book to not only educate yourself on this huge problem in America, but also to get a glimpse of what it's like for each of these families from all walks of life across the country. The audiobook is very well done, but be prepared to sit in parking lots listening because you can't emotionally handle doing anything else...