Three Books That You Need To Read This Month To Educate Yourself
The month of Pride has bid us goodbye, and the protests to protect humanity have lessened. In the month of July of July, #BlackLivesMatter may not look trendy anymore to a few, or transgender people common.
Readers have gone back to where they were. Supporting black authors seems like a past we are ages ahead of. Humanity to most has become a trend, a fashion that makes them appealing to the public. This is an undeniable fact. If it didn’t hold any truth to it, the voices would have still been as impactful as ever. Right now, the concern is to vote out the President. What people need to understand is, “You don’t quit the things you promised yourself to do.”
Let me put in something here. Stop. Look back at what you have been doing, and understand that getting a policeman killed wasn’t the only reason you fought. If you might think, you will see there were reasons more than one, but that is not the matter. Forget what I said earlier. Now, ask yourself if justice has been served.
If your mind answered back in denial, chances are, this battle isn’t over yet. You can’t rest now, not until everything has gone back to the way it should’ve been in the first place.
Humanity still remains a dream to many. Not just black people but the people of Yemen, Hong-Kong, Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Africa, and India as well. So, if you want to support all these causes, take a moment and dive into these three stories of hatred, pain, and oppression, and try to understand the lives of those who suffer beyond our perception.
#1 ‘The Desert Flower’ by Cathleen Miller and Waris Dirie
Unknown to many, this book origins from the darker lands of Africa, where Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) labels itself as a religion. According to statistics, 120 million girls have went through female circumcision throughout the world, which has stages of its own, the most severe being the sewing of the vagina after cutting off the clitoris.
Unique and diverse in its narrative, it highlights the life of Somali model, Waris Dirie. At the age of five, Dirie undergoes FGM to ensure that she will be pure enough for marriage. When forced to marry a sixty-year-old man, Dirie ran away from the dictatorial clutches of her family. Out there in the terrifying Somali desert with nothing but a shawl, thirteen-year-old Dirie makes a remarkable journey to Mogadishu, and then to the streets of London, later catching the eye of Mike Goss, a photographer who convinced Dirie into modeling.
Being a victim of FGM herself, Dirie offers the reader a personal insight on the issue than a subjective one. Educative and heart-touching, this novel takes you to a place of intimidation, fear, and pain, to a deadly practice that increases with each passing day.
If there is something to complain about, it would be the lack of a male audience.
Males must find it difficult to read a book on women empowerment, but this is a call of necessity. Racism is not subjective to color anymore. Racism is not supporting a specific race, which in the context,is females, as well. It is time reading books with a empowering woman narrative becomes the new normal.
#2 ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas
Powerful and compelling, the narration will make you check your privilege. Relevant to the problems going around the society, the novel is hard to get through due to its raw writing.
Starr, a sixteen year old girl living in one of the poorest neighborhoods fights for justice of her friend who gets shot by a police officer in front of her eyes. One can’t imagine the downsides of being black in the countries of America and Europe. Poverty doesn’t help either.
Horrible reality is thousands of people go through the same as Starr, if not to this extent. Starr lived through horrible things in her teenage life, but the grace she carries while handling situations thrown at her is appalling, brave even. This grace inspires people to live the way they want to, to be unflinching when someone asks them to change, to be the way they want to be, and support the righteous despite every reason the world gives you not to.
#3 ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini
One of my personal favorites, you will be embarking on a journey painful and tantalizing to most, a journey to Afghanistan, the land where sufferings never cease.
Khaled Hosseini highlights the important historical events of the country while enchanting the readers with his developed and complex characters. Whether it is the characters or the description we are talking about, realism is the most prominent aspect of the novel. Not once does Hosseini tricks us with the idea of fairy tales. The narrations of Mariam and Layla, two contradictory girls, are enticing. While you read on, you realize that happiness is a short-lived word in the life of these two. Overshadowed by toxic men, their story brings a lot of shudders and flashbacks.
Unflinching and honest, the historical fiction will wind you up, blanket you with pain, and offer you a mug of your own tears.