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Amy has been reading books for a very long time. She always figured she'd end up working in a bookstore, figured right, and has been doing so for quite a while now. She's hoping that's a sign of untapped clairvoyance. When not reading she can usually be found trying to perfect a new Vegan/GF recipe, attending a local arts event, or hanging out with her dog. When reading she likes books that teach her something new, or expand upon one of her favorite subjects.
This collection of essays is vital philosophical reading for anyone who considers themselves a feminist. This text helps broaden our understanding of historically contested feminist issues (sex work, carceral "solutions" to rape, etc.) through a lens of intersectionality, anti-racism, anti-capitalism, and working class struggle. Who are we helping with our "solutions," who are we harming? Could our "solutions" actually be anti-feminist by being pro-capitalist and pro-carceral punishment?
I've always loved Indian food, and been incredibly jealous of my mother who (probably?) has a separate spice cabinet just for the spices she uses to cook Indian dishes from scratch. Somehow though, I've never tried my hand at cooking Indian cuisine - this book is changing that. I HAVE to cook everything. Stuffed Okra? Yes Please!
This is a super-cute take on the complicated world of crushing on schoolmates - and the bisexual perils of falling for your crush's crush! Oops! I can't wait to follow these characters further along in the series.
This is more than a cookbook - it's also a stunning look at the Baltic region and a look at cities and towns in places like Latvia and Estonia. While certainly meat and fish heavy - the cookbook includes a number of vegetarian and vegan offerings. I'm excited to try the Tangy Saurkraut Soup as well as the Plum Butter and a number of the fermented veggies!
This romance was absolutely delightful - but it's also important. Did it have the cute moments, the super-fun tension, and some steamy scenes? Absolutely. But it also had possibly the best chronic illness representation I've read in fiction - and a love interest that is sensitive to, and caring of a protagonist that isn't always willing to show when she's in pain. Those are the moments of this book that meant the most to me - seeing a character who represents people with my illness, being loved so well by someone who took the time to learn how to care for her.
Lindy is an American Treasure. The commentator we need - and a humorous voice during terrifying times.
A look at real-world practices and stories of Transformative Justice. On building a more just, equitable, and safe future through Abolitionist approaches and Transformative Justice by learning from our history, our present practices, and what we imagine for the future.
Reading this reminded me that smack-dab-in-the-middle millennials like Grace Perry and I did not grow up with a lot of queer content. We were thrown the occasional crumb - Will & Grace - but for the most part representation was lacking entirely or problematic. This book touches on what content Perry did find and how it connected her to her queerness before she even was aware she was gay - Media touched upon? Motocrossed, The Real Life, The O.C., The L Word, and more...
Want to go vegan but afraid you'll miss animal products? Already vegan and struggling to cook for your carnivorous friends? Don't know what to do with the meat-substitute you just bought at the grocery store? This is something you need in your kitchen!
This is such an incredible collection of poetry. As a reader I felt so immersed in the emotion, so moved, and at some moments felt so seen. This is quite possibly my favorite collection of poetry this year.
This is an absolute classic Batman story. It may be my favorite - the saga that really sums up Batman for me - the one that makes me wonder why we even need other Batman stories. Tim Sale's art is always a favorite, and Loeb's storytelling is borderline perfect. If you like comics, and you haven't read The Long Halloween yet, you need to.
Absolutely delightful. I'm in love with these characters, all of them, and I'm in love with August and Jane's love story. This book is just too much fun.
A deeply heartwarming novel. A reminder that sometimes the people that know us well are ones we've just met. People who are willing to stick with us through the important moments despite being new to our lives. The main characters of this book form a special bond of friendship, and let each other into their own personal worlds of friendship and love (both requited and unrequited). Anyone who has had any fast but strong friendship will find that this book knows them well.
This book. Just, THIS BOOK. The Combahee River Collective was the first truly "intersectional" organization of Black (queer) feminist activists. There is so much to learn from these women, and so much good that can come from following in their footsteps. If you take nothing else away from this book please let it be their statement that "If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free since our freedom would necessitate the destruction of all the systems of oppression."
I discovered Rebecca Solnit far too late. I was robbed in not reading her sooner, and as such I've been making up for lost time by devouring her books and articles. Truly the commentator we need, but do not deserve, during these times. "Call Them By Their True Names" paints a clear picture for why it's vitally important not to mince-words, why we need to call things what they are. If we don't have the ability to, in the face of objection, tell the truth, then it will continue to wither and lose its meaning to the masses of people who belong to the "fake news" and "alternative facts" crowds.
Do you know who Assata Shakur is? Because you need to. This deeply reflective and honest autobiography by former Black Panther Assata Shakur is a look at the lengths the US will go to in order to brand someone a "terrorist". To accuse someone of murder even though all physical evidence proves otherwise. To persecute those with differing or "radical" political ideals. It's also give us a glimpse at the inhumanity and brutality of our "justice" system and our prisons through Assata's own experiences of mistreatment and torture at the hands of the carceral state.
I sometimes hesitate to call something "required reading", because it oftentimes feels like an overused phrase - but this is required reading. Touching on the interconnectedness of international struggles for freedom from police states, colonialism, and apartheid, in all their forms, these essays are thought provoking and deeply necessary.
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Eating Animals is a book I have revisited more than once over the past decade. As a teenage vegetarian, and again as an adult deciding to become vegan. Foer is not preachy, and is understanding of the cultural reasons we historically have eaten the way we do, and why that makes changing your diet difficult - but he's also unflinching in his call to morally responsible eating, which is almost always, a call to a vegan diet.
If you have endometriosis, or suspect you do, the first thing you should do is find an endometriosis specialist in your area who performs diagnostic excision surgery, and the second thing you should do is buy this book. Being clinically diagnosed with endometriosis, and starting the journey to getting proper care and diagnostic surgery has taken up most of the last year of my life. Along this road I've gathered some tools to manage this chronic illness - one I'll have forever, and this book is like a mini-toolbox within my toolbox. A reminder that no two care plans look alike, and that living with an under-researched disease means a treatment plan full of trial and error. This book is also a reminder that as people with endo, we're not alone. KNOW YOUR ENDO felt like the support group I wish I belonged to when I started this journey, and I hope it helps other people along theirs.
An incredible resource for anyone who is considering becoming an abolitionist, and a thought provoking addition to the libraries of those of us that already consider ourselves abolitionists. Kaba illustrates the interlocking mechanisms of the prison industrial complex, policing, and the criminal justice system in ways that will help anyone come to terms with the fact that none of these systems are sustainable, and all are mechanisms of a carceral state.
This is the picture book little me needed when she had such trouble with changing plans, or adjusting to surprises. This whole series is so wonderful, but this one especially touches my elementary-school-aged heart.