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Paradise: One Town's Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire by Lizzie Johnson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593136386
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - August 17th, 2021

The word "campfire" usually summons up images of toasting marshmallows and chatting with friends, but it has a much different connotation for the people who lived in Paradise, California. In November of 2018, a downed powerline.started a blaze in kindling-dry terrain. Fanned by fierce winds, the fire roared like a runaway locomotive towards the surrounding towns, incinerating everything in its path. By the time the Camp Fire was contained, over ninety percent of the homes and businesses in Paradise had been destroyed and the grim task of sifting through the ashes and debris for the remains of the dead had begun. This is a meticulously researched chronicle of the deadliest wildfire in United States history and a harrowing examination of the devastating consequences of underestimating the power of nature unbound. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Image Control: Art, Fascism, and the Right to Resist by Patrick Nathan - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781640094536
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Published: Counterpoint - August 17th, 2021

In this original and incisive work of cultural studies, Nathan articulates the intersection of our overwhelmingly visual culture and fascism--something that was here long time before #45. Freedom is just an American brand, he says pointing at how much of it we have abandoned for good since 9/11. Unethical consumption of images desensitizes us to the pain of others just as an unwillingness to engage with history is to forsake political awareness. Social media is almost a tool of fascist aesthetics. A brilliant contribution in the vein of Benjamin, Sontag, and Berger that looks deeply at art and how people consume culture in corporatized late capitalism. Against the gentrification of culture, the fascist replacement of reality, and the “right” of corporations to reduce our inner lives, Nathan offers stirring, engaged criticism as resistance. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Had It Coming: Rape Culture Meets #Metoo: Now What? by Robyn Doolittle - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781586422899
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Published: Truth to Power - August 24th, 2021

Doolittle traces the societal evolution regarding sexual abuse and rape, and the awakenings spurred by the #MeToo movement. However, recent progress still leaves questions unanswered and problems unresolved, including generational, political, and legal conflicts. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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


Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions by Michael Moss - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780812997293
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Published: Random House - March 2nd, 2021

It's common knowledge that fruits, vegetables, and natural foods are good for us. So why do we consistently devour processed food? Moss reveals how the gigantic food industry, through pricing, marketing, and emotional levers, preys on our craving for junk food, and keeps us hooked. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Long Term: Resisting Life Sentences Working Toward Freedom by Alice Kim - Book Review

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By Alice Kim (Editor), Erica Meiners (Editor), Jill Petty (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781608468997
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Published: Haymarket Books - October 9th, 2018

This collection of essays, stories, poetry, and art is a burst of light, a breath of fresh air, a motivated step towards the future we all deserve. The perspectives shared by each contributor provided lessons and insights that I carry with me. Approaching the complexity of mass incarceration through the lens of the personal is a daunting task, but one which Kim expertly accomplished. ~ Reviewed by Maya Bon


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