10 WOC Releases in May 2018

woc releases may 2018

Happy May! Hope it’ll be a good one for you! My reading plans will be pretty much focused on #AsianLitBingo and #RamadanReadathon this month, but we’ll see how the reading goes. Do you have any plans for May? I’ve got 10 new WOC releases for you, again, so hang on to your wallets 😀 All links go to goodreads by the way.

 

1)Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay

not that bad

Harper Perennial: May 1, 2018

“In this valuable and revealing anthology, cultural critic and bestselling author Roxane Gay collects original and previously published pieces that address what it means to live in a world where women have to measure the harassment, violence, and aggression they face, and where they are “routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled, patronized, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted, bullied” for speaking out. Contributions include essays from established and up-and-coming writers, performers, and critics, including actors Ally Sheedy and Gabrielle Union and writers Amy Jo Burns, Lyz Lenz, Claire Schwartz, and Bob Shacochis. Covering a wide range of topics and experiences, from an exploration of the rape epidemic embedded in the refugee crisis to first-person accounts of child molestation, this collection is often deeply personal and is always unflinchingly honest.” (GR)

 

2)The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

poppy war

Harper Voyager: May 1, 2018

When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard- the most elite military school in Nikan- was even more surprising. But surprises aren’t always good. (GR)

 

3)Monsoon Mansion by Cinelle Barnes

monsoon mansion

Little A: May 1, 2018

Cinelle Barnes was barely three years old when her family moved into Mansion Royale, a stately ten-bedroom home in the Philippines. Filled with her mother’s opulent social aspirations and the gloriously excessive evidence of her father’s self-made success, it was a girl’s storybook playland. But when a monsoon hits, her father leaves, and her mother’s terrible lover takes the reins, Cinelle’s fantastical childhood turns toward tyranny she could never have imagined. Formerly a home worthy of magazines and lavish parties, Mansion Royale becomes a dangerous shell of the splendid palace it had once been. (GR)

 

4)Meet Behind Mars by Renee Simms

meet behind mars

Wayne State University Press: May 1, 2018

In many of her stories, Simms exposes her own interest in issues concerning time and space. For example, in “Rebel Airplanes,” an L.A. engineer works by day on city sewers and by night on R-C planes that she yearns to launch into the cosmos. The character-driven stories in Meet Behind Mars offer beautiful insight into the emotional lives of caretakers, auto workers, dancers, and pawn shop employees. In “High Country,” a frustrated would-be novelist considers ditching her family in the middle of the desert. In “Dive,” an adoptee returns to her adoptive home, still haunted by histories she does not know. Simms writes from the voice of women and girls who struggle under structural oppression and draws from the storytelling tradition best represented by writers like Edward P. Jones, whose characters have experiences that are specific to black Americans living in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries. (GR)

 

5)Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston 

barracoon

Amistad: May 8, 2018

A major literary event: a never-before-published work from the author of the American classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God which brilliantly illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of the last known survivor of the Atlantic slave trade—illegally smuggled from Africa on the last “Black Cargo” ship to arrive in the United States. (GR)

 

6)The Hundred Wells of Salaga by Ayesha Harruna Attah 

the hundred well

Cassava Republic: May 8, 2018

Aminah lives an idyllic life until she is brutally separated from her home and forced on a journey that turns her from a daydreamer into a resilient woman. Wurche, the willful daughter of a chief, is desperate to play an important role in her father’s court. These two women’s lives converge as infighting among Wurche’s people threatens the region, during the height of the slave trade at the end of the 19th century. (GR)

 

7)My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma 

my so called

Crown BFYR: May 15, 2018

Winnie Mehta was never really convinced that Raj was her soulmate, but their love was written in the stars. Literally, a pandit predicted Winnie would find the love of her life before her 18th birthday, and Raj meets all of the qualifications. Which is why Winnie is shocked to return from her summer at film camp to find her boyfriend of three years hooking up with Jenny Dickens. Worse, Raj is crowned chair of the student film festival, a spot Winnie was counting on for her film school applications. As a self-proclaimed Bollywood expert, Winnie knows this is not how her perfect ending is scripted. (GR)

 

8)Well That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist by Franchesca Ramsey

well that escalated

Grand Central Publishing: May 22, 2018

Franchesca Ramsey didn’t set out to be an activist. Or a comedian. Or a commentator on identity, race, and culture, really. But then her YouTube video “What White Girls Say. . . to Black Girls” went viral. Twelve million views viral. Faced with an avalanche of media requests, fan letters, and hate mail, she had two choices: Jump in and make her voice heard or step back and let others frame the conversation. After a crash course in social justice and more than a few foot-in-mouth moments, she realized she had a unique talent and passion for breaking down injustice in America in ways that could make people listen and engage. (GR)

 

9)MEM by Bethany C. Morrow

mem

The Unnamed Press: May 22, 2018

Set in the glittering art deco world of a century ago, MEM makes one slight alteration to history: a scientist in Montreal discovers a method allowing people to have their memories extracted from their minds, whole and complete. The Mems exist as mirror-images of their source ― zombie-like creatures destined to experience that singular memory over and over, until they expire in the cavernous Vault where they are kept. And then there is Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem capable of creating her own memories. An ageless beauty shrouded in mystery, she is allowed to live on her own, and create her own existence, until one day she is summoned back to the Vault. (GR)

 

10)Cross Fire by Fonda Lee

cross fire

Scholastic Press: May 29, 2018

“Earth’s century of peace as a colony of an alien race has been shattered. As the alien-run government navigates peace talks with the human terrorist group Sapience, Donovan tries to put his life back together and return to his duty as a member of the security forces. But a new order comes from the alien home planet: withdraw. Earth has proven too costly and unstable to maintain as a colony, so the aliens, along with a small selection of humans, begin to make plans to leave. As word of the withdrawal spreads through the galaxy, suddenly Earth becomes vulnerable to a takeover from other aliens races. Aliens who do not seek to live in harmony with humans, but will ravage and destroy the planet.” (GR)

*****

What’s on your May tbr? Any new releases you’re excited for?

12 thoughts on “10 WOC Releases in May 2018

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  1. Meet Behind Mars sounds especially interesting to me (but many others sound good too). I’m finishing Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis trilogy this month and I’m excited about that because the first two volumes of his trilogy were so long and so engaging (surprising for books over 500 pages long) that I’m curious to see what the final volume will be like (even longer too). I know that’s not a new release, but I’m focussing on backlisted things on my TBR this year, so that’s what’s exciting me these days!

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    1. Oh wonderful! I only read one of his first books but remember enjoying it 🙂 Glad they are quicker reads than the number of pages makes it seem. I’m more of a 350p max reader 😀
      Ah that’s exciting though! I get so distracted by books that it sometimes takes me ages to get to those I added to the tbr a while ago. Happy reading in May 🙂

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