“Athena’s Choice” by Adam Boostrom
Set in 2099, Athena’s choice is a world without men. Scientists, at the beginning of this century, had determined that a certain type of DNA strand in men were the cause of all the world’s woes: wars and violence, rape and depravity. So, a virus was created, originally designed to kill only the men with the highest frequency of this strand but it ended up killing all the men and some women.
Flash forward to 2099 and not everyone feels the same any more about men. There is a movement to bring back men and a very specific scientific process to make that happen. Athena is a 16-year-old girl who is seemingly unconnected to this problem but in reality, she is at the heart of it. The world is run by an Artificial Intelligence AI beyond our imagining. There are rules and the AI does everything in its power to use a loophole to bring Athena to her because she has something very important to tell her, and only Athena can do it.
“Echo Wife” by Sarah Gailey
Evelyn Caldwell has revolutionized the world with her cloning technology. As a result, the work force has never been fuller. Clones are not people; they do not have rights and they have a limited life expectancy. She went through a heart wrenching and difficult divorce, only to discover that her husband stole her technology and made a clone of herself. Disaster happens when Martine, her clone, contacts her. She is pregnant.
“The Last Garden in England” by Julie Kelly
Told through three generations of women, all with ties to a beautifully and purposefully designed garden. A most enjoyable plotline, with lots of learning about gardens, designs and how social cultures can affect futures and how strong people can change those things. Oh, and a mysterious secret is slowly revealed, as only good writers can do. On our shelves now.
“We Had A Little Real Estate Problem” by Kliph Nesteroff
Initially, I was leary of this title and also because the author is White, but as I read about it in ‘Kirkus Review’, I gained a better understanding of what Kliph was presenting to us as readers. He is educating us and well we should be educated on this historical perspective of the untold story of Native Americans and comedy, pulling from contemporary Native American comedians speaking in their own voice and being quoted verbatim. He brings up knowledge that was new to me and shows how, despite having been denied representation in the entertainment industry, Native Americans have influenced and advanced the art form. We owe those of The First Nation much, much more than we thought.
“An Unquiet Mind” by Kay Redfield Jamison
An Unquiet Mind is an auto-biography of Dr. Jamison’s ongoing struggle with manic depression, or more formally known as bipolar disorder. In a modern society with on growing awareness and de-stigmatization of mental health, there lies a paradox between various research, data, journals, and reports of mental illness, but it fails to allow much justification for the affected. Reading An Unquiet Mind, allowed me to grasp, to the best of my understanding, the true nature of what manic depression means.