Better World Book Challenge 2 – An Independently Published Book
Pocketful of Bones
In Pocketful of Bones by Julie Frayn, while trying to hide evidence, Finnegan MacGillivray finds a burial ground in the garden of the home he shares with his mother. He becomes obsessed with finding the secrets behind the bones and is forced to move away when his compulsion crosses several lines. When he returns many years later will Finnegan discover that he was living with a killer? Continue reading Pocketful of Bones by Julie Frayn
Better World Book Challenge Book 1 – A Book nominated for a literary prize
Difficult Women by Roxanne Gay has been nominated for the Aspen Words Literary Prize, which is in its first year. Difficult Women is a collection of short stories focusing on the highs, lows and humor of women living life.
If you are looking for books dealing with human rights, check out those that have been reviewed on this homepage. Our main post with an overview of books and movies were reviewed for human rights day 2016 will be published later. At the moment, enjoy the Rabid Reader’s Book List for Human Rights Day 2016 and make sure to visit this site later.
Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism by Mark Curriden & Leroy Phillips
Genre: nonfiction, human rights, political science, African-American studies
In 1906, a white woman was brutally raped in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ed Johnson, a black man, was working at his restaurant job when the attack happened but was arrested and charged with the crime. When his lawyers appealed to the Supreme Court for a stay of execution and that stay was granted, local folks, led by officials, took the law into their own hands. In a history-changing move, the lynch mob faced federal legal repercussions. Ed Johnson cleared of the rape charges 100 years later. You can read the review of a “Contempt of Court” here.
Fourteen-year-old Kate Montgomery and her mother move across the country when Kate’s father becomes abusive. Kate’s life takes a turn for the worse in Philadelphia and she soon finds herself cutting as a release from the emotional pain.
What happens after happily-ever-after? Read The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith to find out. It’s 30 years into the future for Snow White and Prince Charming died the year before. Snow White’s daughter is getting married but she can’t bring herself to be part of the joy. She recognizes the depression and despair but can’t seem to bring herself out of the emotional void. She visits her stepmother’s apartment and finds her magic mirror that reflects the happy times, the bad times and the terrifying times. Can Snow find her way forward or will her broken heart reunite her with beloved Charming sooner than planned?
In Everybody’s Got a Story by Heather Wardell, Alexa was living in New York City when she was brutally attacked and mutilated by her boyfriend, Christophe. Alexa’s parents want her to return to Alberta to live with them, but when Alexa’s employer gives her the chance to work in the Toronto office, it’s an offer she can’t refuse. In a new city and with new co-workers, will Alexa feel more alone or will she reclaim her life? Everybody’s Got a Story (Toronto Series) (Volume 12) is the twelveth book in the Toronto series.
In Evergreen Girl by Sybil Powell, Fran is the black sheep of the family. Since the day of her birth, her mother has hated her for not being a boy and she has never measured up to her older sister Becky. When Fran’s mother kicks her out of the family home, she must make her way in the world. And, she makes her way in spectacular style until she realizes one day that sometimes works satisfaction isn’t enough. Follow Fran on the adventure she calls life in Evergreen Girl (Volume 1).
August Bailey is a 16-year-old living by the rules of an old-fashioned society — one where she has to wear hand-me-downs and her mother won’t let her date. When her mother slaps her face during an argument, August knows that it’s time to head into the world and make a life for herself. When August discovers that the big city isn’t quite what she thought it would be, Reese finds her. He’s sweet and handsome and wants to take care of her and build a general affection. But life on the streets isn’t all August thought it would be. Living in a society of kids who sell their bodies for enough money to live for a day, and where drugs flow like water, can she survive with them or will every day simply lead her further from home? [easyazon-link asin=”0991851013″ locale=”us”]Suicide City, a Love Story[/easyazon-link] is a Young Adult novel, but more suitable for older readers.
Just Beneath the Surface I by R.H. Ramsey is a story of abuse and violence told from the perspective of Kendall, an abused woman, and her daughter, Diamond, a young woman perched on the edge of joining her mother in a terrible cycle of bad choices. Can Kendall break the cycle in time to save her own life and to help her daughter escape what will likely be her own terrible end?