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Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593230251
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Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

This is likely the most powerful and intelligently written book I have ever read. I believe it should be a mandatory read so Americans can better understand the overlooked and almost hidden caste system that still exists today. Even though Wilkerson has provided extensive research on the correlation of caste systems between America, Nazi Germany, and India, the way she presents information is always easily digestible and eye opening so she never leaves any reader behind. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984820389
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Published: One World - March 2nd, 2021

As a Korean American writer growing up in California, Cathy Park Hong has realized that Asian Americans are typically overlooked by our country because they are often considered the "model minority". Park Hong powerfully lists the awful injustices of racism inflicted on the Asian community, in and outside of America, as it has shaped her own personal experiences with family life, mental health, and creativity. This is a must read! ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Gallery of Clouds by Rachel Eisendrath - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781681375434
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Published: New York Review Books - May 11th, 2021

In this engaging book length essay, woven in fragments like passing clouds, Eisendrath moves from Renaissance prose and literary culture, to memoir, to meditations on nostalgia and arcadian myths of the pastoral. This little book is full of treasures. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Intimations: Six Essays by Zadie Smith - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593297612
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Published: Penguin Books - July 28th, 2020

Smith spun me into her world in the early months of quarantine when life suddenly took an entirely new form. Asking deep questions like, "why do I write?" and answering them with daring, somewhat bleak honesty, this was just the right book for me to read as a creative struggling with similar questions. I feel a sense of gratitude that Smith allowed the reader to be in these moments with her, processing the chaos that ensued at the start of quarantine, honoring her truth that writing is, at its core, just something to do. ~ Reviewed by Maya Bon


Intimations: Six Essays by Zadie Smith - Book Review

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Published: Penguin Books - July 28th, 2020

Every now and again, if you are a lucky reader, you come across writing that truly changes you. Smith wrote Intimations at the front end of 2020's "global humbling" - a time when America would become "mighty with death", when we would witness George Floyd's murder, when our every day took a shape we were helpless to control. It is a fierce little collection, but one that provides intellectual nourishment and hope, certain to inspire meaningful retrospection. How do we preoccupy ourselves? What is our time, and love, and existence? Is the true virus of our time - contempt for other human beings? Smith has donated all royalties of this book to The Equal Justice Initiative and The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund for New York. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Undoing Border Imperialism (Anarchist Interventions #6) by Harsha Walia - Book Review

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By Harsha Walia, Andrea Smith (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781849351348
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Published: AK Press - November 12th, 2013

Walia shares her experience organizing with the No One is Illegal (NOII) network struggling alongside non-resident immigrants who are at risk of deportation. She describes detailed encounters of their work, outlining how NOII strives to provide open space for debate and accountable alliances while maintaining collective values and principles. As an organizer, myself, this book provided approachable guidelines, overviews, and lessons that stuck with me. Particularly poignant sections were her discussions of settler privilege, solidarity versus support through the lens of feminist writer bell hooks, and the importance of decolonizing social relations. ~ Reviewed by Maya Bon


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