The Best Book of 2018
1.MISS EX-YUGOSLAVIA BY SOFIJA STEFANOVIC
If you’re going to have the audacity to document a beauty contest that pits immigrants and refugees from different sides of a conflict against each other for your film class, it seems only fair to compete yourself. That’s exactly what led Serbian-born Stefanovic to strut her stuff alongside her fellow contestants from Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Slovenia for the title of Miss Ex-Yugoslavia.This stand-out memoir chronicles Stefanovic’s life from her childhood to early twenties, coming back and forth between Yugoslavia and Australia during the Yugoslav wars. The contrast between the Belgrade streets (where she once encountered a tiger cub being walked on a leash), to the ant hill-pocked back yard in Whyalla, South Australia (a remote town known for its BHP steel factory) ensures that Stefanovic’s story is as unique and wacky as it is important.