Diversity Spotlight Thursday# October 13th

Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly feature hosted by Aimal at Bookshelves and Paperbacks . Please click on this link to get more details about the feature.


To take part all you need to do is answer the following questions:

  1. A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
  2. A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
  3. A diverse book that has not yet been released

A Book I Have Read

sue monk kiddThe Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements.

Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.

You can read my review here. I have also written a review for Sue’s other book: The Secret Life of Bees which has almost the same themes but it focused on race relations in the South in the 60s.

Kindred.jpgA Book on my TBR

Kindred by Octavia Butler

The first science fiction written by a black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she’s been given: to protect this young slaveholder until he can father her own great-grandmother.

I have never read any books by Octavia but I hope to start with this one.

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A  Book that has not yet been released

The Hour of Daydreams by Renee Macalino Rutledge

At a river near his home in the Philippine countryside, respected doctor Manolo Lualhati encounters the unthinkable—a young woman with wings. After several incredible visits, he coaxes her to stay behind—to quit flying to the stars with her sisters each night—so they can marry. Tala agrees, but soon finds herself grounded in a new life where she must negotiate Manolo’s parents’ well-intentioned scrutiny. As Tala tries to keep long-held family secrets from her new husband, Manolo begins questioning the gaps in her stories, and his suspicions push him even further from the truth. Weaving in the perspectives of Manolo’s parents, Tala’s siblings, and the all-seeing housekeeper, The Hour of Daydreams delves into contemporary issues of identity and trust in marriage, while exploring how myths can take root from the seeds of our most difficult truths.

Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Forest Avenue Press

I got this book from NetGalley. What attracted me to it was the setting because I have never read anything set in Philippine. It is also classified as a Philippine folktale.

Have you read any of these books? Which other books would you recommend that I add to my TBR. If you participated in this weekly feature, please leave your link in the comments section and I will visit your post.

16 thoughts on “Diversity Spotlight Thursday# October 13th

  1. I have The invention of Wings because that’s a genre I adore. The Secret Life of Bee’s movie is amazing! Now I have The Education of Dixie Dupree which I think you’ll love because it looks exactly like those 😀

    1. I hope you get to read it soon. Its a wonderful book.I didn’t know about Sarah Grimke until I read the book and started researching on her.I loved The Secret Life of Bess movie too. The Education of Dixie Dupree is a book that I need to read. I have checked it out on goodreads.It sounds great.Thanks for mentioning it.

  2. I hadn’t heard of The Hour of Daydreams, but the concept sounds really interesting because it seems like it could be magical realism (which I love). I admit I don’t know anything of the Philippines, so it’s nice to see books about its mythology 🙂

    As for Octavia Butler, I’ve just read Dawn by her and it was a very very thought provoking novel. I’m sure Kindred is amazing.

    You can check my picks for today here if you’d like!

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