10 WOC Reads in July 2018

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1.It All Falls Down (Nora Watts #2) by Sheena Kamal

it all falls down

July 3rd 2018 by HarperLuxe

“Growing up, Nora Watts only knew one parent—her father. When he killed himself, she denied her grief and carried on with her life. Then a chance encounter with a veteran who knew him raises disturbing questions Nora can’t ignore—and dark emotions she can’t control. To make her peace with the past, she has to confront it. Finding the truth about her father’s life and his violent death takes her from Vancouver to Detroit where Sam Watts grew up, far away from his people and the place of his birth. Thanks to a disastrous government policy starting in the 1950s, thousands of Canadian native children like Sam were adopted by American families. In the Motor City, Nora discovers that the circumstances surrounding Sam’s suicide are more unsettling than she’d imagined.” (GR)


2.Love War Stories by Ivelisse Rodriguez

love war stories

July 10th 2018 by The Feminist Press at CUNY

“Puerto Rican girls are brought up to want one thing: true love. Yet they are raised by women whose lives are marked by broken promises, grief, and betrayal. While some believe that they’ll be the ones to finally make it work, others swear not to repeat cycles of violence. This collection documents how these “love wars” break out across generations as individuals find themselves caught in the crosshairs of romance, expectations, and community.” (GR)


3.New Poets of Native Nations by Heid E. Erdrich, ed.

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 July 10th 2018 by Graywolf Press

“An anthology celebrating twenty-one Native poets first published in the twenty-first century. New Poets of Native Nations gathers poets of diverse ages, styles, languages, and tribal affiliations to present the extraordinary range and power of new Native poetry. Heid E. Erdrich has selected twenty-one poets whose first books were published after the year 2000 to highlight the exciting works coming up after Joy Harjo and Sherman Alexie. Collected here are poems of great breadth―long narratives, political outcries, experimental works, and traditional lyrics―and the result is an essential anthology of some of the best poets writing now.” (GR)


4.What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan

what we were promised

July 10th 2018 by Little, Brown

“After years of chasing the American dream, the Zhen family has moved back to China. Settling into a luxurious serviced apartment in Shanghai, Wei, Lina, and their daughter, Karen, join an elite community of Chinese-born, Western-educated professionals who have returned to a radically transformed city. One morning, in the eighth tower of Lanson Suites, Lina discovers that a childhood keepsake, an ivory bracelet, has gone missing. The incident contributes to a wave of unease that has begun to settle throughout the Zhen household. Wei, a marketing strategist, bows under the guilt of not having engaged in nobler work. Meanwhile, Lina, lonely in her new life of leisure, assumes the modern moniker taitai–a housewife who does no housework at all.” (GR)


5.How to Love a Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs

how to love an jamaican

July 24th 2018

“‘There is a way to be cruel that seems Jamaican to me.’ Tenderness and cruelty, loyalty and betrayal, ambition and regret—Alexia Arthurs navigates these tensions to extraordinary effect in her debut collection about Jamaican immigrants and their families back home. Sweeping from close-knit island communities to the streets of New York City and midwestern university towns, these eleven stories form a portrait of a nation, a people, and a way of life.” (GR)


6.Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream by Ibtihaj Muhammad


July 24th 2018 by Hachette Books

“Ibtihaj Muhammad’s path to Olympic greatness has been marked with opposition and near-debilitating challenges because of her race, religion, and gender. As the only woman of color and the only religious minority on the U.S. women’s saber team, again Ibtihaj had to push past stereotypes, misconceptions, and negativity to find her own path to success and Olympic glory. Proud is the inspiring story of how Ibtihaj rose above it all with grace and compassion. She provides an unflinching and honest portrayal of how she managed to stay true to herself and still play by the rules. A coming-of-age story, a hero’s journey, and a moving memoir from one of the nation’s most influential athletes.” (GR)


7.Evening Pimrose by Kopano Matlwa

evening primrose

Published July 27th 2017 by Sceptre

“When Masechaba finally achieves her childhood dream of becoming a doctor, her ambition is tested as she faces the stark reality of South Africa’s public healthcare system. As she leaves her deeply religious mother and makes friends with the politically-minded Nyasha, Masechaba’s eyes are opened to the rising xenophobic tension that carries echoes of apartheid. Battling her inner demons, she must decide if she should take a stand to help her best friend, even it comes at a high personal cost.” (GR)


8.A Handful Of Stars by Ruby Dhal

handful of stars

July 27th 2018 by Monarch Publishing

“Hope is found in wishes made upon shooting stars, so a handful of stars gives us faith.

A Handful of Stars is a journey of courage and resilience that readers take from falling to healing, realising along the way that the journey is not going to be easy. The book branches over various themes from love, heartbreak, loss, and womanhood to self-love, revival, and healing. Readers learn about the beauty and innocence of falling and they learn that the healing is not a destination but a process, and this process can often last a lifetime. The book teaches that a person’s softness is their biggest strength and that having a big heart is not always a bad thing and that a glimmer of light can be found in the darkest places. A Handful of Stars is raw and unapologetic, soft and kind, reflective and inspirational all at the same time. Some of Ruby’s most loved poems are shared within the pages of this book, in hope that they will have the same effect on readers the second time as they did the first.” (amazon)


9.The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

the incendiaries

July 31st 2018 by Riverhead Books

“Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who doesn’t tell anyone she blames herself for her mother’s recent death. Will is a misfit scholarship boy who transfers to Edwards from Bible college, waiting tables to get by. What he knows for sure is that he loves Phoebe. Grieving and guilt-ridden, Phoebe is increasingly drawn into a religious group–a secretive extremist cult–founded by a charismatic former student, John Leal. He has an enigmatic past that involves North Korea and Phoebe’s Korean American family. Meanwhile, Will struggles to confront the fundamentalism he’s tried to escape, and the obsession consuming the one he loves.” (GR)


10.Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

fruit of a drunken tree

July 31st 2018 by Doubleday

“The Santiago family lives in a gated community in Bogotá, safe from the political upheaval terrorizing the country. Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to this protective bubble, but the threat of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord Pablo Escobar continues to elude authorities and capture the attention of the nation. When their mother hires Petrona, a live-in-maid from the city’s guerrilla-occupied slum, Chula makes it her mission to understand Petrona’s mysterious ways. But Petrona’s unusual behavior belies more than shyness. She is a young woman crumbling under the burden of providing for her family as the rip tide of first love pulls her in the opposite direction. As both girls’ families scramble to maintain stability amidst the rapidly escalating conflict, Petrona and Chula find themselves entangled in a web of secrecy that will force them both to choose between sacrifice and betrayal.” (GR)



What new releases are you looking forward to this month? Or are you focusing on holiday reads?

18 thoughts on “10 WOC Reads in July 2018

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    1. Haha sorry! 🙂 I’m always a bout a year behind as well, too many amazing books coming out. I might get to a few, but also have my summer vacation next month, so beach reads time 🙂

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  1. You always have so many good recs! I have ended up with lots and lots of YA books checked out from the library, which means that I just read From Twinkle with Love finally, and now I have Chainbreaker on tap, which is the second Tara Sim book and it looks amazing. YA rocks.

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    1. Thanks Jennny, so glad you liked the list! 🙂 Ooh yes too many amazing YA reads, I have such a LONG list! I’m very excited to read Rebbeca Roanhorse’s book this summer. Oh yay, I really enjoyed Sim’s first book, so I’ll be reading Chainbreaker too, hopefully soonish.


  2. I keep hearing about Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras and How To Love A Jamaican. I am glad that you came up with this list of books. I honestly am going to add each one to my Amazon cart. I love the variety of these plots.

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