The amazing story of an Afghan child who grew up in a refugee camp in Pakistan, only attended a few of years of formal school while dodging bombs back home in Afghanistan, and eventually got to the UK as a teenage refugee. While working in retail sales he studied on the side, enrolled in school and ultimately passed his A-levels before getting in pre-med at Cambridge. Ultimately he becomes a doctor and starts a non-profit that uses tele-medicine to help doctors in war torn Afghanistan treat patients. It's an amazing autobiography to write, and the author isn't even 40 yet.
Alison Bechdel (Fun Home, Are You My Mother?, The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For) creates another autobiographical graphic novel, this one covering her entire life and examining it from the perspective of her lifelong quest for physical fitness and its effect both on her body and her mind, and how it has changed (and changed her) as she's grown older. [more inside]
**Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography** Surfing is the star of probably 90% of the pages in the book. So it’s fair to say it’s a book about surfing. However, it’s also a book about growing up and about making decisions, both good and bad. It’s a travelogue, taking you to places around the globe that you will probably never visit, because you don’t have a driving obsession with finding the perfect wave. It’s one big metaphor, with surfing standing in for all sorts of other things. You’d think there are only so many ways to describe a wave in the ocean. Finnegan will disabuse you of that thought,
Nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work: You want to know about the struggle of growing up poor, black and female? Ask any girl from any hood. You want to know what it takes to rise above your circumstances when all the cards are stacked against you? Ask me. [more inside]