1. Women (real and fictional) who do not take crap from anyone:
Ali Wong - Baby Cobra, on Netflix (strong language and subject matter)
Unfiltered, opinionated, cathartically crude. It's the best!
Leslie Jones - Problem Child also on Netflix (more of the same)
Same as above, times ten.
Edie Falco in Nurse Jackie
A character who is as flawed as she is gritty and compassionate.
2. Sherman Alexie novels about holding on to the good in ugly situations.
Is there really a difference between that killing and this killing? Does God approve of some killing and not other killing? If I kill these soldiers, does that make me a hero? (p. 105)
They fight on opposite sides of the war, but they sound exactly like each other. How can you tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys when they say the same things? (56)
Is revenge a circle inside of a circle inside of a circle? (77)
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, about a teenager trying to balance his life on the reservation with his experience at a white school.
I used to think the world was broken down by tribes...By black and white. By Indian and White. But I know this isn't true. The world is only broken into two tribes: the people who are assholes and the people who are not (176).