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Thiefing Sugar: Eroticism Between Women in Caribbean Literature by Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley
An academic survey of a wide variety of types of texts that discuss FF eroticism/love in the Caribbean. Her argument is that a queer/wlw culture has always existed in the various Caribbean islands and that there is a local language in which one can talk about it, refuting claims that queerness is something imposed by Europeans or North Americans onto Caribbean people. I personally found the anthropological work done on actual communities of queer women more compelling than some of the literary analysis (and I like literary analysis!), but Tinsley does a great job of demonstrating how it all fits together. (Also her usage and analysis of terminology for these groups of women is way more detailed and thoughtful than I'm achieving in this capsule review, but I'm using queer to get the general point across.)

Confronting Injustice: Social Activism in the Age of Individualism by Umair Muhammad
A short book discussing how we need systemic change to solve the big problems of our time rather than individual action (e.g. switching out our power plants as a whole rather than everyone using slightly less energy individually). Not terribly original, but not a bad overview, and it might be useful as a book to give people who were just edging into the topic for the first time, though you'd probably want them to be at least somewhat receptive to leftist ideas. A bit marred by an afterword to this second edition that mostly consists of complaining about bell hooks' lack of relevance to third world women, which is a bit rich from a guy who talks about Marx all the time and doesn't mention gender at all in his own analysis, but the author is quite young and I hope he will grow out of it.

Holy Wild by Gwen Benaway
A collection of poetry, mostly about the author's experiences as a First Nations trans woman in Canada (specifically she's Anishinaabe and Metis). I highly recommend it and I'm looking forward to her collection of essays that is to be published later this year, but definitely trigger warnings for sexual and colonial violence throughout.

Transgender China ed. Howard Chiang*
A collection of academic papers that each cover some aspect of cross-gender activity in Chinese history. The topics range from oral history conducted among trans people in modern Hong Kong, to analyses of classic literature with gender-bending characters, to a paper that argues quite convincingly that eunuchs in China have always been socially considered men rather than a third sex or a genderbent alternate sex as they are sometimes represented in Western historiography. Interesting stuff, though definitely aimed at specialists more than the general audience.

*My interpretation of the rules here is that this collection, which is edited by a Taiwanese man and features many Chinese authors, is eligible for the challenge. However, some of the authors included are white, so I'm willing to defer to the group if there's disagreement on this question.

tags: non-fiction, poetry, china, south asia, anishinaabe, metis, caribbean
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Remember Your Relations: The Elsie Allen Baskets, Family & Friends
Suzanne Abel-Vidor, Dot Brovarney, and Susan Billy
This is a gem of a book if you're interested in California history, and Native American Studies.
Brings to life the feeling of reverence for nature, the joy of communion of family.

The basket weavers pass on their baskets to all who would like to learn; Pomo culture previously had only taboo'd retention of baskets which were destroyed when their owners died. These weavers featured often also made baskets for family members upon burial.

If you are interested in anthropology this book is a real treat. <-links to get this book yourself.

edited to add longer review:
also, Pomo dancing
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I've been keeping up with the challenge, but very bad about posting it anywhere. Let's see if I can change that this year as people come back to dreamwidth, maybe? (Please?)

Brief reviews:

A Burst of Light and other essays by Audre Lorde
A reread of the always magnificent Audre Lorde. I needed her essay on the uses of anger in this extremely trying time.

The Occasional Vegetarian: 100 Delicious Dishes that Put Vegetables in the Center of the Plate by Elaine Louie
Some excellent sounding recipes, some mediocre sounding recipes. Billed to me by the library catalogue as containing more essay than recipe, it was definitely the other way around, but if you want something new to do with a vegetable, this has a broad approach and recipes from a wide variety of food traditions. Tends to ignore the fact that even vegetarians need PROTEIN and heartiness/substance is not the same thing, which always annoys me a bit.

Following Fish: One Man's Journey into the Food and Culture of the Indian Coast by Samanth Subramanian
One of those books where someone travels somewhere and eats something delicious and describes it well. A solid example of the genre. Contains some excellent descriptions of fish cookery and Indian scenery, and some parts of India I know very little about. I enjoyed it, and Subramanian is much more aware that he's describing a delicious fried fish, not a deep secret of politics/society/life than the title makes it sound, which keeps the book light and compelling. If anyone has any more recs in this genre, I would be delighted to receive them.

The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump by Michiko Kakutani
An exploration of various historical antecedents to our current state of anything-goes political lies. Depressing as hell, but very good at the thing that it's doing.

Myth=Mithya: Decoding Hindu Mythology by Devdutt Pattanaik
An explanation of several Hindu myths as well as the personages/symbols within them. It took me months to finish this quite short volume so I kept getting the many, many names confused, but I don't think that was the author's fault. Does a good job with some myths at straightforwardly explaining how the same myth gets used to tell different lessons in different communities, but with other ones I was left feeling like there was a definite slant to the story and I was wondering whose story it was. On the other hand, it's not supposed to be a comprehensive guide, just a starting point, and I know that I'm not especially knowledgeable on the subject.

Tags: sri lanka, japan, african-american, india, china, food/cooking, mythology, politics, history, essay, non-fiction

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This was my first book for the 2019 [community profile] 50books_poc challenge. I loved it. My review is here. Very highly recommended.
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Hello! I read a lot in 2018. Here's my list of books written by POC. (I read over 100 books, not counting some young reader chapter books, picture books, etc in this total)

1.The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
2. Huntress by Malinda Lo
3. Jada Jones: Rock Star by Kelly Starling Lyons
4. The Nigh Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor
5. Hair Story: Untangling the roots of Black hair in America by Ayana Byrd
6. Jada Jones: Class Act by Kelly Starling Lyons
7. Hello Moto by Nnedi Okorafo
8. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
9. Dear Ijeawele or a feminist manifesto on fifteen suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
10. Sasha Savvy loves to code by Sasha Ariel Alston
12. American Street by Ibi Zoboi
13. Rabbit: The autobiography of Ms. Pat by Patricia Williams
14. Helium by Rudy Francisco
15. Black Lotus: A woman's search for racial identity by Sil Lai Abrams
16. Welcome to your authentic Indian experience by Rebecca Roanhorse
17. Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik
18. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
19. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
20. Barracoon: the story of the last "Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston
21. The sisters are alright by Tamara Winfrey Harris
22. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
23. When they call you a terrorist: a Black Lives Matter memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
24. The GIlda Stories by Jewelle Gomez
25. Salt by Nayyirah Waheed
26. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
27. Nejma by Nayyirah Waheed
28. We were eight years in power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
29. Love, hate and other filters by Samira Ahmed
30. Let's talk about love by Claire Kann
31. Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi
32. Well that escalated quickly: memoirs and mistakes of an accidental activist by Franchesa Ramsey
33. A good country by Laleh Khadivi
34. The darkest child by Delores Phillips
35. Amal unbound by Aisha Saeed
36. The black tides of heaven by JY Yang
37. Piecing me together by Renee Watson
38. How to be black by Baratunde R. Thurston
39. Nikki and Deja by Karen English
40. The Motorcycle diaries by Che Guevara
41. The skin I'm in by Sharon Flake
42. Nikki and Deja: Wedding drama by Karen English
43. Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro
44 Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead
45. Nikki and Deja: Election madness by Karen English
46. Two Naomis byt Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
47. The library of fates by Aditi Khorana
48. Nikki and Deja: The Newsy News Newsletter by Karen English
49. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
50. Tyler Johnson was here by Jay Coles
51. There there by Tommy Orange
52. The red threads of fortune by JY Yang
53. I'm still here: Black dignity in a world made for whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
54. Everything's trash but it's okay by Phoebe Robinson
55. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
56. The other Wes Moore by Wes More
57. Betty before X by Ilyasah Shabazz
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I kept meaning to do posts earlier in the year, but I guess we'll do a big one now, instead. Comments as I have them.

Read more... )

round up

Dec. 14th, 2018 01:47 pm
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5: The List by Jade Chang 2★

I mean. I really do not even know with this one. It talked in circles. For some it will be amazing. Those who jump on making your own future through actions but also fate? I don't know. The writer was funny and captivating but the idea that you can just create a list of the person you want and then it will come true didn't work for me. I did like how it was one of those animated kindle books so that added a bit of wow but...not for me.

6: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 4★

I did not realise that I had heard this in quotes on Beyone's tour videos that I had seen in bad quality on youtube. When I did it only added to the power. Not all of points are relevant to me because of where I live and because of the privilege I have from my skin. However the points not relevant were still utterly fascinating. I came away thinking 'ok, well that is not me but this is how I can help my sisters not cissters' Then there were messages for all women from any social class or colour or nation. It is a truly powerful piece. I know it might seem daunting at the price per page breakdown but it is a wonderful piece. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is I wished it had more. She tends to have lots in little which can press on the purse but a wonderful person to read from.


Oct. 9th, 2018 02:24 pm
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4: Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans by Wallace Terry 5★

This book is horrifying. It is a no holds barred look at Vietnam. It describes the rape, pillaging and war crimes carried out by the American troops. It also delves into the racism experienced by black troops among their white squads. Beyond the battlefields it looks into how soldiers did and did not cope upon their return and how racism further impacted their attempts to re-integrate into society. It takes a strong stomach to read but very worth while. Terry has put together these accounts in a compelling way.
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The Secret Life of Water
masaru emoto

Another short book; very positive energy.

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There's a great list with recs for Latinx books, sorted into categories, here.
I've found several things to add to my tbr-list.

What are other resources for finding books by writers of color? Where do you get your recs?
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Taming the Tiger Within: Meditations on Transforming Difficult Emotions by Thich Nhat Hanh, review. for more info on the author.

I really liked reading this briskly, for the most part.

I really, in earnest, am not making fun of the author, or his Buddhism; I have enjoyed his poetry one poem at a time for many a year.

Might it be that his fear of women might reflect the greater misogyny that might be spoken of in Asian culture?

I really appreciate the Buddhist energy of this book, which really felt like I read, and properly absorbed, good thought by... soberness, and reflection, in as if five minutes.

I would recommend this book.
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In Our Own Words
Filipino Writers in Vernacular Languages
Edited by Isagani R. Cruz
Review here
Excerpt and Translation here
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Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy by Tressie McMillan Cottom (2017, The New Press) is simply excellent.

Here's an excerpt, here's Dr. McMillan Cottom's page about the book, here's her Twitter.

It's a book that makes scholarship accessible to a non-academic reader. It's a book that uses the author's experiences -- as a student, as an admissions sales rep, as a teacher, as a researcher, as a black woman, as a friend and daughter -- to vividly illustrate and bring the reader into theoretical understandings of systems, policy, and economic forces. It's sociology, it's investigative journalism, it's memoir, it's a lens on something I see every day (those subway/bus ads for education). It's witty and no-nonsense.

I thought I already knew that a lot of for-profit colleges were pretty bad. McMillan Cottom shows why they exist, why they are as they are, and what it'd take to change those forces. I understand the labor market better and I am now even more against mandatory degree requirements for job candidates. I understand the US student debt crisis better and understand why it's connected to the same forces that are making healthcare and retirement worse and worse in the US. Just to quote from the first few chapters (I captured many quotes because she makes so many great points):

As it turns out, there is such a thing as "bad" education. It is an educational option that, by design, cannot increase students' odds of beating the circumstances of their birth....

...the way we work shapes what kind of credentials we produce. If we have a shitty credentialing system, in the case of for-profit colleges, then it is likely because we have a shitty labor market. To be more precise, we have a labor market where the social contract between workers and the work on which college has previously relied has fundamentally changed and makes workers vulnerable.

While there is a lot of academic debate about the extent of that change and whether it signals progress or decline, there is substantial evidence that suggests all of those changes shift new risks to workers....

Whether you are a kindergarten teacher, an admissions counselor, or a college professor, working in education is a lot like being a priest. You shepherd people's collective faith in themselves and their trust in social institutions....

Despite our shift to understanding higher education as a personal good, we have held on to the narrative of all education being inherently good and moral. Economists E. Norton Grubb and Marvin Lazerson call this the education gospel: our faith in education as moral, personally edifying, collectively beneficial, and a worthwhile investment no matter the cost, either individual or societal....The contradiction is that we don't like to talk about higher education in terms of jobs, but rather in terms of citizenship and the public good, even when that isn't the basis of our faith....

Cross-posted review to my blog with another para or so about code schools and experimental programming retreats like the Recurse Center.

I read this book in February and it's on track to be the best book I read this year.


May. 16th, 2018 04:04 pm
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This is going to take me more than a year but I am determined to hit 50 eventually. So far this year I have 3 in the bag.

1: The Blind Man's Garden by Nadeem Aslam 3 ★
2: A River in Darkness: One Man's Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa 4★
3: Baracoon by Zora Neale Hurston 4★

I would highly recommend Baracoon. It was written in the 30s and is the account of the last African captured by slavers and taken to the United States. Hurston was asked to edit his story into modern English and refused as she wanted his story to be as he spoke. It is only this month that the book is being published. I only wish it were longer.
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Book #9 Las Elegidas;
Book #10 Tiempo de Cenizas, No será la Tierra, novela en tres actos Versión definitiva;
Book #11 La Paz de los Sepulcros;
Book #12 Días de ira : tres narraciones en tierra de nadie Primera edición;

The translations of Books 9 through 12 are as follows, in English:
The Elegies;
Time of Ashes, On Earth Not Known, A Novel In Three Acts Definitive Version;
The Peace of the Sepulchres;
Days of Wrath: Three Narrations on Earth of Nothing First edition.

I have never been more frightened in my life. I found that two Spanish classes in high school, three Spanish classes in college, and twenty years of aspiring to literacy could not prepare me for the beauty and the tragedy, the push to life, and the horror. Highly recommended, if you know Spanish.
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Book 8: Shu Fa, by Zhi Chui is remarkable for the calligraphy work. Sensible and respectable portraits available of the masters also. Recommended for aspirant scholars.
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Book #3 TAO I: The Source of My Life;
Book #4 The Power of Soul: The Way to Heal, Transform, and Enlighten All Life;
Book #5 TAO II: The Way of Healing, Rejuvenation, Longevity and Immortality;
Book #6 Divine Transformation: The Divine Way to Self Clear Karma To Transform Your Health, Finances, and More;

I learned from Master Sha's website that he even does personal, one on one sessions, which is remarkably difficult to find, a master who is willing to meet people who could benefit from his teaching.

A series of fortunate reads. Recommended for those who wish to learn about Chinese healing.


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