“Everything I Know About Zombies, I Learned in Kindergarten”, a horror novel about young children that are abandoned during the apocalypse, is the June 2015 selection for the “Blerd Book Club“, a group of over 500 Goodreads members that generally self-identify as being a black nerd. As for the rest of us, we’re still welcome: there’s no testing or interrogation. The selections tend to focus on fantasy and science fiction with black lead characters, making it an interesting selection of books that just might not catch your eye otherwise. So, if you haven’t yet, click right here and join.
Now that everyone is a member, the first questions you might ask are “why would a book club read a zombie novel? How much is there to discuss about zombies?” Being modest, I’ll leave that question to one of my reviews over at Heroines of Fantasy:
… the book gives itself the space to use its characters to explore ideas, important ideas about race, and society, and parenting, about self-sufficiency and inter-dependence and violence. And that’s where the fiction starts holding up a mirror to reality, and why – over and above the wonderful Letitia – I think this is a book (and a genre) worth reading.
And that Letitia? Well, she’s the reason that this is a book that the Blerd Book Club finds interesting: she’s not a big white guy with an enormous gun. Our heroine is, instead, a nine-year-old black girl that has suddenly had the weight of what’s left of the world dumped on her shoulders. In other words, there will be a lot to talk about: it’s not three hundred pages of ripping people to shreds.
Of course, it would be a shame if I forgot to include some links to places to actually buy the book. If you are a Phoenix resident, feel free to call or visit the Changing Hands bookstore. They’ve got some copies in stock.
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