Seeing Myself in Literature

Rincey talks about three books where she saw a part of herself reflected that she normally doesn’t see and the importance of diverse stories.

Books Mentioned
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson
One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul

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vol43 says:

Loved this video and totally agree. Another book I loved was The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda. Thanks again for this video.

MJ Abbasi says:

Finally! Someone recalls Sweet Valley.

BookishKhaleesi says:

how about No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal?

HeyHeyBooks says:

Great idea for a video!

CUBS says:

I LOVE Jhumpa Lahiri. It’s incredible what she achieves, her prose is so trenchant. If you enjoyed “The namesake”, why not read her other works? “Interpreter of Maladies” and “Unaccustomed Earth” are my faves and just as great (but you probably already know that?)
Also love Rohinton Mistry. He does not write about the Indian immigrant as much– his novels are largely set in Bombay I believe–but he is Canadian-Indian (like Scaachi/// I am Canadian-African writer myself and appreciate these hybrid spaces) and Mistry moves through different classes and communities so well that it always feels like an education and s reflectjon of global realities. If you had not read “A Fine Balance” and “Famiky Matters”, you are in for a treat. He is such a humanist and a beautiful writer. AFB is his best work. Thanks as always!

Rachel Rae' says:

I am so glad that you found some books that helped you identify your feelings! Diverse representation is so needed. Good luck in your continued quest!

Melissa Davis says:

Girl on Fire by Robin Wasserman captured me in a way that I hadn’t felt in a very long time. This book made me feel like a freaking phoenix. Like a riot grrrl turned suburban mom waking from a dream to remember that “Hey, yeah, I used to be a real person, once.” In this book – I am all the damn characters – at least a little bit.

I read kind of a lot … but I almost never feel the connection that this could be me or pieces of me. Being in high school in the mid-nineties, music was the central driving force of my existence. Lacey’s connection to Nirvana and Kurt Cobain in particular really speaks to me – for me that was The Cure/Robert Smith and Bikini Kill/Kathleen Hannah. I wouldn’t have made it without them. Dex is this unsure wallflower who just doesn’t know where she fits in and she is totally swept up by this super intense friendship with Lacey. There are times when she is so afraid of losing this connection that she ends up doing things that she might not necessarily do acting out of fear and of rage. The ending is pretty twisted but I really just loved this one.

finickity reader says:

I feel weird about seeing myself in books. On the one side I’m white middle class British and I’m very well represented. On the other, I work in an industry that most people don’t seem to think can have or deserves good representation and own voices, and we have to play to the stereotypes just to get recognition if we’re consulted at all. :-/

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