Non-Fiction

The Fire Next Time (Vintage International) by James Baldwin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780679744726
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

Baldwin's eloquent plea for racial justice, with its mix of erudition and memoir, set the template for hundreds of books, and is as trenchant and timely today as when it was written in 1963. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Caste 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

Our beliefs, prejudices, interactions, self-image, self-regard, personality: all the things we ascribe to our individuality, for Wilkerson, are confined by the codes of caste. Wilkerson surveys the damage caste has caused, and humanely demonstrates how caste can be cast aside. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780807047415
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Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

“Stopping our racist patterns must be more important than working to convince others that we don’t have them. We do have them, and people of color already know we have them; our efforts to prove otherwise are not convincing.”
A very honest, very educational experience. DiAngelo allows us to accept that racism is “a practice not restricted to bad people,” but that racial prejudice and white fragility are a part of the social norm in America, and we cannot just pretend that other races do not exist or that racism is only for “the bad guys.” You don’t have to be wearing a KKK bedsheet to be a racist; and you cannot say you aren’t racist because you “don’t see color,” or you have “that one black friend.” This book says enough with the excuses--let’s just acknowledge that racism is real and here and now, and what can the white community do to improve upon their behavior? How can we educate our future generations to not adapt the social norms we’ve created post Civil Rights Movement? Very relevant, and extremely needed information right now! ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


Three Women by Lisa Taddeo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781451642308
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 7th, 2020

A compelling and unique journalistic study on the human desire, specifically females and desire, that follows three different women across the country. Each woman brutally tells their honest stories and thoughts on their sexuality, opening up on a range of topics that have been deemed shameful by society and by themselves. My only complaint was the narrow spectrum this study came down to--three white middle class women. But I believe this opened the door to unapologetically discussing women’s desire across the board. Hopefully some more universal content can come from Taddeo’s work. ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


Who We're Reading When We're Reading Murakami by David Karashima - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781593765897
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Published: Soft Skull Press - September 1st, 2020

A peek behind the curtain of the famed Murakami machine. Once the legendary Japanese author puts pen to table, the journey of his novels is far from over. "Who We're Reading..." dives into the history of the translation and publication of Murakami's work over the past five decades. A must have for the legion of fans of the author. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


The Hero by Lee Child - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780008355784
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Published: Tls Books - November 28th, 2019

“What is the purpose of fiction? I think it can be summed up in a simple phrase: To give people what they don't get in real life.”
From the creator of the Jack Reacher mystery series, Lee Child discusses in short length the origins of the word and concept of “the hero” and its impact on culture throughout the centuries. This is a great quick read for creative writers and book-lovers to learn more about what makes a hero the hero in literature. Notable protagonists such as Achilles, Robin Hood and James Bond are mentioned. Only critique: where are the ladies?! ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


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