Six new books to read this summer
Take a break from your Netflix addiction
Whether you’re making the most of end-of-summer weekends or preparing to have your drinking plans cancelled because of a surprise downpour, finding the right books to read is all you really need to detox from your Netflix addiction. Find a friend in Zarin Wadia (A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena), whose life in Saudi Arabia as a Zoroastrian is complicated by bullies at school and beatings at home. Or be inspired by the stories of 50 heroic women through the ages who’ve fought the system and brought about real change, all accompanied by illustrations in Like A Girl: Real Stories For Tough Kids by Aparna Jain.
From authors like Robert Dinsdale and Ramona Ausubel to Fatima Farheen Mirza, these books will be your perfect escape from a tough day hard day.
Six books to stick your nose into this summer.
On the surface, Bhathena’s ambitious debut about a feisty, free-spirited 16-year-old who’s forced to live with her aunt and uncle may seem like just another rebellious teenage tale. But it’s far from that. The protagonist, Zarin Wadia, lives in Saudi Arabia (where her Zoroastrian roots single her out) and is bullied at school and beaten at home. What unfolds is a story that addresses everything from teenage sexuality and patriarchy, to the many restraints societies place upon their women.
Sanyal’s cheek-in-tongue offering of short stories jumps between India’s big cities, from Delhi’s often over-the-top soirees to the politics and pitfalls of life in a Mumbai housing society.
An Indian-American Muslim family gets together to celebrate the wedding of its oldest daughter when the son of the house returns after three years. Tradition and modernity clash in a story that is, in essence, a parable of life in modern America.
London, 1917. World War I still ravages most of Europe, but in the heart of Mayfair is a tiny place of hope and joy—Papa Jack’s Toy Emporium. As his sons step up to join the family business, a mysterious young woman appears and seeks refuge in the store. Dickensian prose and rich storytelling complete the narrative of this adult fairy tale.
This little book of magical short stories spans not only the physical spaces of Earth but plumbs its metaphysical and existential ones too. With its tales of travellers and emotionally-driven narrative, it’s as much an exploration of terrain as it is of human emotion.
A collection of stories of 50 heroic women through the ages who’ve fought the system and brought about real change, all accompanied by illustrations. Looking for some over-the-holidays inspiration? Look no further.