"brit and brown" by Layla Shah is a family story, with initially 3 kids, mom & dad - the parents well-educated immigrants [to the UK, which I think is obvious through the title, but you never know] from the Fidjis & New Zealand. It’s told from the oldest daughters point of view, trying to understand her youngest brother’s death at 33 - was it suicide, was it murder. It’s also about the British society, racism, poverty. The book is extremely good (and honest?) in describing the family’s structures, every members’ role, parent’s preference for a son, envy.
I read it in German, translated from the English original by a friend of the author, but literary it’s not super sophisticated.
Mariko Sakaguchi’s self-portraits put an interesting spin on the spectacle of the self and the modern urge to divulge intimate details of oneself — to reveal one’s self fully to another in a way that is both controlled and vulnerable.
Someone on the Internet was reading Margruerite Higgins’s report ‘War in Korea’, the report of a woman [herself] combat correspondent. It’s boring if you [I] are not into wars but even then you [I] learn a lot about how the Korea war evolved, the involved parties [“the Reds”, “the Commies”], and which methods were applied to counter lack of personnel [10-day trainings of South Korean farmers & off they went to the front. Spoiler: it didn’t end well for them.].
The book is more interesting though, if you [I] are into understanding female professional roles. A female journalist, in a war, with overall limited tools to communicate with HQ (military or the Herald Tribune), in 1950 = massively tough & annoying.
Un-fun fact: the argumentation & methods by (some) men to keep women from certain areas/topics/regions/professions hasn’t changed much since back then (mind, that was the conservative male-macho military).
I stopped reading after 4/5 as I had the impression that I understood her point & was quite sure how the war would “end”.