August is #WITMonth (Women In Translation).Â When I heard about it, I looked on my Kindle app and my bookshelves to see what books I already had to read.Â To my surprise, I found a bunch.
The Unbroken Line of the Moon by Johanne Hildebrandt
“In this grand saga of love, war, and magic set in the tenth century, young Sigrid is destined to be the mother of the king of the Nordic lands that would become Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and England.”
Palm Trees in the Snow by Luz GabÃ¡s
“When Clarence comes upon a series of letters from her familyâ€™s past, she starts to piece together the story of her fatherâ€™s travels with his brother, and she becomes curious about her origins. Sifting through the clues and assembling the narrative, Clarence embarks on a journey to the exotic African isle of Fernando Poo, where the 2 brothers, Jacobo and Kilian, landed after fleeing their conventional, safe lives in the Spanish Pyrenees.”
Pierced by the Sun by Laura Esquivel
“When Lupita witnesses the murder of a local politician whom she greatly admires, the ghosts of her past resurface as she tries to cope with the present. She quickly falls back into her old self-destructive habits and becomes a target of Mexicoâ€™s corrupt political machine. As the powers that be kick into high gear to ensure the truth remains hidden, Lupita finds solace in the purity of indigenous traditions. While she learns how to live simply, like her ancestors, she comes to understand herself and rediscovers light within a dark life. And if there is hope for Lupitaâ€™s redemption, perhaps there is hope for Mexico.”
The cost of sugar by Cynthia Mc Leod
A history of 18th Century slavery in Suriname (1765-1779) … “a frank expose of life in the Dutch slave colony when sugar ruled as kind – and the tragic toll it took on the lives of colonists and slaves alike.”
Last Train to Istanbul by AyÅŸe Kulin
“As the daughter of one of Turkeyâ€™s last Ottoman pashas, Selva could win the heart of any man in Ankara. Yet the spirited young beauty only has eyes for Rafael Alfandari, the handsome Jewish son of an esteemed court physician. In defiance of their families, they marry, fleeing to Paris to build a new life.
But when the Nazis invade France, the exiled lovers will learn that nothingâ€”not war, not politics, not even religionâ€”can break the bonds of family. For after they learn that Selva is but one of their fellow citizens trapped in France, a handful of brave Turkish diplomats hatch a plan to spirit the Alfandaris and hundreds of innocents, many of whom are Jewish, to safety.”
The Secret Healer by Ellin Carsta
“In the fourteenth century, opportunities for women are limited to the home. But spirited young Madlen finds her calling as assistant to the cityâ€™s trusted midwife, Clara. Working alongside Clara, Madlen develops a surprisingly soothing technique and quickly becomes a talented healer.
After Claraâ€™s tragic death, Madlen alone rushes to assist the birth of a local noblemanâ€™s child. But rather than the joy of birth, Madlen walks into an accusation of murder and witchcraft because of her extraordinary gifts.”
Family History of Fear: A Memoir by Agata TuszyÅ„ska
“The author was nineteen years old and living in Warsaw when her mother told her the truthâ€”that she was Jewishâ€”and began to tell her stories of the familyâ€™s secret past in Poland. TuszyÅ„ska, who grew up in a country beset by anti-Semitism, rarely hearing the word â€œJewâ€ (only from her Polish Catholic father, and then, always in derision), was unhinged, ashamed, and humiliated. The author writes of how she skillfully erased the truth within herself, refusing to admit the existence of her other half.”
And then I figured graphic novels would be a good, fast way to read some more since I know I won’t get all the books I have listed read.Â I might have gone a bit overboard with my library requests but I was impressed by how many they had. I’m sure they have a lot more but this is a start.
Aya: Life in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet
“Ivory Coast, 1978. Itâ€™s a golden time, and the nation, tooâ€”an oasis of affluence and stability in West Africaâ€”seems fueled by something wondrous. Aya is loosely based upon Marguerite Abouetâ€™s youth in Yop City. It is the story of the studious and clear-sighted nineteen-year-old Aya, her easygoing friends Adjoua and Bintou, and their meddling relatives and neighbors. Itâ€™s a wryly funny, breezy account of the simple pleasures and private troubles of everyday life in Yop City.”
Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
“Clementine is a junior in high school who seems average enough: she has friends, family, and the romantic attention of the boys in her school. When her openly gay best friend takes her out on the town, she wanders into a lesbian bar where she encounters Emma: a punkish, confident girl with blue hair. Their attraction is instant and electric, and Clementine find herself in a relationship that will test her friends, parents, and her own ideas about herself and her identity.”
Bride of the Water God, Volume 1 by Mi-Kyung Yun
“When Soahâ€™s impoverished, desperate village decides to sacrifice her to the Water God Habaek to end a long drought, they believe that drowning one beautiful girl will save their entire community and bring much-needed rain. Not only is Soah surprised to be rescued by the Water God â€” instead of killed â€” she never imagined sheâ€™d be a welcomed guest in Habaekâ€™s magical kingdom, where an exciting new life awaits her!”
Fruits Basket, Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya
“Tohru Honda was an orphan with no place to go until the mysterious Sohma family offered her a place to call home. Now her ordinary high school life is turned upside down as she’s introduced to the Sohma’s world of magical curses and family secrets.”
A Bride’s Story, Vol. 1 by Kaoru Mori
“Acclaimed creator Kaoru Mori (Emma, Shirley) brings the nineteenth-century Silk Road to lavish life, chronicling the story of Amir Halgal, a young woman from a nomadic tribe betrothed to a twelve-year-old boy eight years her junior. Coping with cultural differences, blossoming feelings for her new husband, and expectations from both her adoptive and birth families, Amir strives to find her role as she settles into a new life and a new home in a society quick to define that role for her.”
Now we all know that I can’t follow a TBR to save my life, so stay tuned to see which of these I manage to read!
I have some of those too! Loved The Unbroken Line of the Moon, but it gets pretty gritty. I’m so glad you found graphic novels, I didn’t have any luck.