Has the film award season just exhausted you? Sick of hearing about the same three movies over and over? Don’t worry, we have the remedy. Yes, the humble book, here to save you from controversial wins, awkward speeches, and yet another rendition of Shallow. We have some adventure-fantasy with Black Leopard, Red Wolf, a dash of Australian YA goodness with What I Like About Me, and even a work out for your brain with The Source of Self-Regard.
Here are the books worth binging this month.
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
By Marlon James
Tracker normally works alone. But, when he is hired to find a missing boy, he falls in with a crowd of magical and menacing creatures following the same trail. The unlikely group traces the boy’s scent through the kingdom, beset by beasts intent on destroying them at every turn; begging the question, who is this boy? And why don’t people want him found? Black Leopard, Red Wolf is a fantastical fever dream of African mythology and history that will leave you wondering what is fiction, what is fact, and whom among the rogue's gallery of characters is acting honourably? This one's out now.
What I Like About Me
By Jenna Guillaume
Best summer ever… or not. Not when Maisie is used to hiding her body from the world and now, well, now she’s in a beauty pageant. Not when her beautiful sister has returned to make her suffer by comparison, and her best friend is dating the boy she likes, and her Dad is nowhere to be found. And especially not when she has a school assignment to do; a journal of all the ways this summer is a practice in humiliation… or maybe, just maybe, triumph.
Bonus: It’s Australian. Head here for more.
The Source of Self-Regard
By Toni Morrison
In her signature elegant and profound style, Nobel Prize in Literature winner, Toni Morrison, delivers us a collection of essays, speeches and meditations on society and culture. Ruminating on the role of artists, foreigners, human rights, and more with intelligence and morality, The Source of Self-Regard is the nonfiction powerhouse sure to make you think about the world a little differently. Check it out here.
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Where Reasons End
By Yiyun Li
A mother sits in conversation with her recently deceased son, trying to understand why he took his own life. He is in death as he was in life, funny and clever, but he offers no comfort for why he has left this world. Compared to Tolstoy and Chekhov, Where Reasons End is painful, powerful and very important. Head here for more info.
On the Come Up
By Angie Thomas
Bri wants nothing more than to be a legendary rapper, just like her father was before he died. Unlike her father, though, she has every intention of making it out of her neighbourhood. In fact, she has to. When her mum loses her job, bills start piling up, and eviction looms, Bri only has one choice: go big or go hungry. Inspired by hip-hop culture and the realities of poor, working-class black families, On the Come Up is a story about chasing your dreams, no matter the odds.
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