This international women’s day – dive into these books with engaging women characters, and go beyond the book with our Amnesty International Book Club discussion guides.
Laughing All the Way to the Mosque
Zarqa Nawaz has always straddled two cultures. She’s just as likely to be agonizing over which sparkly earrings will “pimp out” her hijab as to be flirting with the Walmart meat manager in a futile attempt to secure halal chicken the day before Eid…
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For Today I am a Boy, by Kim Fu
For Today I Am a Boy provides insights into experiences that may be unfamiliar to many of us. We are introduced to Peter Huang and his three sisters. Peter is the much desired son of a Chinese immigrant family, living in a small town in Ontario. Peter, however, knows from a very early age, that while his anatomy dictates that he is male, he is certain he is a girl.
Lives of Girls and Women, by Alice Munro
Lives of Girls and Women gives voice to Del, a young woman who journeys from childhood through the awkwardness of adolescence as she comes to realize the woman she does not want to be: one married with
Secret Daughter, by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Somer is a successful physician in San Francisco, newly married and ready to start a family until she discovers she’s not able to have children. Meanwhile in India, Kavita is forced to smuggle her newly born daughter to an orphanage and give the girl away, knowing that to keep her would mean her daughter’s death. Asha, adopted from a Mumbai orphanage, is the child who binds these two women’s destinies, and ultimately connects their stories as she takes a journey of self-discovery.
The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor, by Sally Armstrong
Using a seamless blend of fact and fiction, Charlotte Taylor’s great-great-great granddaughter, Sally Armstrong, reclaims the life of a dauntless and unusual woman and delivers living history with all the drama and sweep of a novel.