Inspiring: Until We Are Free


Shirin Ebadi's Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran landed on my stack thanks to Ali's description of hearing her speak and reading the book. Ebadi's tone is resolved and declarative. This, her third book, chronicles her experiences in the years surrounding Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's leadership

Inspiring: Until We Are Free2017-09-13T10:32:45-05:00

December 2016, In My Bookbag


In which I discuss some of the skinny volumes which have kept me company while on the move, while heavier volumes (like Connie Willis' Crosstalk and Steven King's 11/22/1963) stayed home. Warsan Shire's chapbook is my skinniest book of the year. I finished reading it on a single commute, but

December 2016, In My Bookbag2017-07-24T15:24:49-05:00

Tricia Dower’s Becoming Lin (2016)


Reading Becoming Lin reminded me of discovering Marilyn French's The Women's Room and Marge Piercy's Small Changes. Two unapologetically feminist novels which I felt had poured out of my own heart into some other writer's story. I inhaled these books, and I felt the same sense of intense recognition and

Tricia Dower’s Becoming Lin (2016)2017-07-24T14:33:39-05:00

Sam Maggs’ The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy (2015)


Quirk Books, 2015 She understands that fangirls can be marginalized and unwelcome in the nerd community, and despite recent strides and growing visibility, Sam Maggs couldn't find a book like this one, so she wrote it. “Being a geek girl is the best thing ever and here are all

Sam Maggs’ The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy (2015)2015-06-02T16:26:22-05:00
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