Friday, November 22, 2013

Story/Sewing Time

The holidays are rapidly approaching, which means that business is picking up in a serious way. Things have been crazy busy, and I haven't been doing much but sewing and listening to stuff while I sew. One of my newish favorite things to listen to whilst sewing is audiobooks. BC libraries offer a huge selection of audiobooks and ebooks!

One of the best ones I've listened to lately is The Healing, by Jonathan Odell. As briefly as brief can be, it showcases the strength and perserverence of a community of black slave women and girls--most prominently, the teenage protagonist Yewande--and the powerful practice of traditional healing and midwifery.

I also enjoyed City of a Thousand Dolls, by Miriam Foster. This YA fantasy novel tells the story of an adolescent girl named Nisha and her simultaneous search for community and struggle for autonomy in a city that carefully grooms women for particular roles in an empire that has essentially discarded them like trash.

They're worlds apart, but they're both super-invested in gender issues, which is always fine by me! Aaaand, they're both coming of age novels, which I'm officially a Master of now. Both are well worth a read (or a listen) if you have some time to kill (or not)!

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