Author: Ariel Levy
Released: March 14, 2017
Synopsis: In this memoir, Levy chronicles the adventure and heartbreak of being “a woman who is free to do whatever she chooses.” Her own story of resilience becomes an unforgettable portrait of the shifting forces in our culture, of what has changed–and of what is eternal.
Dianna’s commentary: I am moved by the way that Ariel Levy puts her world to words, by the life that she’s lived and what she’s shared with us in this memoir. This is one to be treasured.
Author: Jenny Zhang
Released: August 1, 2017
Synopsis: Centered on a community of immigrants who have traded their endangered lives as artists in China and Taiwan for the constant struggle of life at the poverty line in 1990s New York City, Zhang’s collection examines the many ways that family and history can weigh us down and also lift us up. From the young woman coming to terms with her grandmother’s role in the Cultural Revolution to the daughter struggling to understand where her family ends and she begins, to the girl discovering the power of her body to inspire and destroy, these seven stories illuminate the complex and messy inner lives of girls struggling to define themselves.
Dianna’s commentary: So thoroughly enjoying this book by Jenny Zhang. The journey is bold, honest, refreshingly unique. It’s commanding my own self reflection (love, family dynamics, childhood, life as a young woman) almost in tandem. How many of you have read this? Also, sucker for cover art. This one is quite perfect if you ask me.