Political Summer

How’s your summer going?  Political?  Yeah, mine too.  I made a playlist for our recent vacation in Vermont and as I sifted through all our musical choices, I realized the music I wanted had a social justice theme: Jidenna, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Andra Day, the Hamilton Mixtape, Dessa, Delta Rae, etc.  (Side note: Andra Day, my God, the voice on that woman!  I vote her Queen of Music, if that’s a thing.  Even if it isn’t.)  Have other suggestions?  I’d love if you shared in the comments!

Anyway, if you’re looking for hope and intelligence in literary form, I have a few recommendations.  Two new releases: On Tyranny and The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell, and a re-release, The Farm in the Green Mountains.

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Women’s March Reading List (with a bonus)

Reading lists give me that nerdy syllabus high.  So when the Women’s March created a booklist, off I went to the library.

I was embarrassed that most were new reads.  (But I try so hard to read widely!  I was just a few credits shy of a women’s studies major!  How could I have missed these?)

Anyway, the situation is now remedied.  This is the list they published, as well as one more I thought fit in just fine.  The one book that is on their list and not on mine is only absent because I am still having trouble tracking down a copy.  Check out the original list here.
Here’s my take on You Can’t Touch My Hair, Feminism is for Everybody, Redefining Realness, This Bridge Called My Back, and The Miner’s Canary.

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Summer Smorgasboard

I like my reading habit best when it’s varied.   I think of my reading like cooking – mostly things I know I like, a few challenging ingredients tossed in from time to time, a bit of chocolate, some quinoa.  Above all, fuel to keep moving forward in life.

So here’s a memoir, a bunch of fiction, Chaucer in Middle English, a fantasy/horror/sci-fi/etc. (might as well just say Gaiman), and a middle grades offering.  (In specific, Priestdaddy, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Wife of Bath, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, No One is Coming to Save Us, American Gods, and Armstrong and Charlie.)   Bon appétit!

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