Auckland Libraries: Top 10 own voice

Top 10 own voice

Delve into these top reads, written by and about BIPOC, LGBTQI+ and members of the disability community. Curated by our librarians for the 2021 Auckland Libraries Top 100.

Still standing

Jess Quinn

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Jess Quinn is, in her own words, quite literally a walking miracle. Her body has been completely restructured so that she could survive an aggressive cancer. She's learned to change her narrative and be grateful for what she can do.

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Under the whispering door

TJ Klune

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When a reaper comes to collect Wallace from his funeral, Wallace begins to suspect he might be dead. Hilarious, haunting, and kind, Under the Whispering Door is an uplifting story about a life spent at the office and a death spent building a home.

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She who became the sun

Shelley Parker-Chan

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In a famine-stricken village on a dusty yellow plain, two children are given two fates. A boy, greatness. A girl, nothingness. Desperate to escape her own fated death, the girl uses her brother's identity to enter a monastery as a young male novice.

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Milk fed

Melissa Broder

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Rachel is a lapsed Jew who has made calorie restriction her religion. Then Rachel meets Miriam, a young Orthodox Jewish woman intent upon feeding her. Broder tells a tale of appetites - of physical hunger, of sexual desire, of spiritual longing.

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Faking it

Kyle Mewburn

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In this book, Kyle describes this early life and her journey to becoming her own person: a celebrated children's book author, a husband and, finally, a woman.

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Detransition, baby

Torrey. author. Peters

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Reese almost had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in New York City, a job she didn't hate. The only thing missing was a child. But then her girlfriend, Amy, detransitioned and became Ames, and everything fell apart.

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I had a miscarriage

Jessica Zucker

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Drawing from her psychological expertise and her work as the creator of the viral #IHadaMiscarriage campaign, this book uses Zucker's and other women's experiences to explore grief, healing, and the power of speaking one's truth.

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Last call

Elon Green

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This gripping true-crime narrative tells the story of the Last Call Killer and the decades long chase to find him. And at the same time, it paints a portrait of his victims and a vibrant community navigating threat and resilience.

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The removed

Brandon Hobson

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In the fifteen years since their teenage son was killed, the Echota family has been suspended in grief. With the family’s annual bonfire approaching, Maria attempts to call the family together from their physical and emotional distances once more.

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Dear Senthuran

Akwaeke Emezi

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Electrifying and honest, animated by the same voracious intelligence that distinguishes their fiction, Dear Senthuran is a revelatory account of what it means to embody multiple spirits, to fight for survival, and to bend the world to one's will.

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