We Should All Be Feminists is a great concise look into feminism that is both broad and specific.
There are a bunch of people who will probably have inWe Should All Be Feminists is a great concise look into feminism that is both broad and specific.
There are a bunch of people who will probably have incredibly eloquent and interesting things to say about this extended transcription of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's now famous talk, so instead I'm going to focus on why this is important. When we talk about feminism it is not only useful, but necessary, that we have perspectives outside of our own personal experiences to draw from. This book is perfect because it is easy to read and Chimamanda has an incredible talent for saying what needs to be said.
While I was reading I kept picturing myself putting this book in a starter pack for a young person in my life as an introduction to the concept. Having materials like We Should All Be Feminists is critical to extending knowledge and giving people who aren't entrenched in the ideas of feminism a place to start. The first step is often the most complicated and materials like this has the potential to play an important part in dispelling the stereotypes and assumptions that people often form when first introduced to something new without having good resources to draw from.
Seriously, if you have five minuets this is worth checking out so you have it as part of your repertoire. ...more
When I hear that a popular comedian has written a book I instantly think about tell all memoirs or satirical romps, not a dive into social science andWhen I hear that a popular comedian has written a book I instantly think about tell all memoirs or satirical romps, not a dive into social science and honest-to-god focus groups.
I got the audiobook of Modern Romance and listened to it while I was undertaking a massive alphabetizing of HR files at work. Fun fact: Lifting heavy boxes of HR files is not fun. However, listening to Modern Romance made the work a little more enjoyable. Although I normally listen to podcasts, it was nice to listen to something that was a little more focused and finite.
Although the book itself comes with the occasional chart that we miss out on in the audio version, Aziz Ansari did amazing job with his reading. As expected, his stage skills result in a really quality experience. One of my biggest issues with audiobooks is that readers can often sound stiff compared to the loosey-goosey tone I'm used to with podcasts. There were no such issues here!
The content of the book, although not revolutionary, was incredibly interesting for me. I enjoyed the examination of the development of love along with the context of advances in technology, especially when it was contrasted with other cultures. It is clear that Ansari put a lot of thought and effort into not only the writing of the book, but the actual process of talking with people and gathering stories. It was an enjoyable journey to join him on. I also really appreciated the way the humor was light without undercutting or overshadowing the actual subject.
PS - Let me know in the comments if you have any good suggestions for any non-fiction audiobooks that are worth listening to. ...more
As a nerdy Canadian I listened to a lot of Q (the CBC radio show former hosted by Ghomeshi). I found Ghomeshi's interviews to be interesting and I lovAs a nerdy Canadian I listened to a lot of Q (the CBC radio show former hosted by Ghomeshi). I found Ghomeshi's interviews to be interesting and I loved the way Q approached Canadian pop culture. I considered myself a fan of Ghomeshi so when I saw that he had written a book and it was being given away here on GR I jumped at the opportunity. By the time I had won and received my copy my enthusiasm had somewhat faded. I probably got about a chapter into the book while playing a game of pick-it-up-put-it-down.
I found Ghomeshi's writing to be a bit stilted and the subject matter just was not holding my interest. It lacked that spark of wit and relevance that I expected from seeing his work on Q. He just didn't sound like he did on the show. I now realize that what I was looking for was primarily supplied by the writers on Q rather than the host and that if any of them ever wrote a book I should probably read that instead. Eventually I stopped reading it with the intent of someday coming back and finishing up the book because it was written by such a noteworthy Canadian.
A lot of time has past and with the mounting evidence that Ghomeshi sexually harassed women who he worked with and allegedly violently sexually assaulted several other women I can pretty much grantee that I will never, ever finish this book or touch anything with Ghomeshi's name on it EVER again. I would suggest anyone looking for more information about these serious accusations to go and check out the CANADALAND podcast by journalist Jesse Brown who was a key part of breaking the story. I am a firm believer in always supporting the victims of sexual assaults, especially when they have been put in a situation where they felt forced into silence.
I am officially marking this book as a DNF and will not be giving it a rating.
I won a copy of 1982 by Jian Ghomeshi from a Goodreads giveaway...more
I was surprised by how engrossing I found this book, but I suppose I shouldn't have been shocked. Scribbling Women presents a collection of biographieI was surprised by how engrossing I found this book, but I suppose I shouldn't have been shocked. Scribbling Women presents a collection of biographies about individual women who all contributed in major ways to the written record. These women are a diverse group who all felt that need to tell their own stories. Some names may sound familiar like Nellie Bly, but for me almost all of the women featured were new introductions to my lexicon of badass ladies.
Many of the women wrote autobiographically about their personal life experiences in ways that I found fascinating. When I think of historic female authors many of the names that come to mind are the popular fiction writers that we all know and love, but Scribbling Women strives to increase that scope to include a broader selection of writers. This book explores the woman behind the words and focuses on their incredible lives.
I also enjoyed how the book was broken up into short chapters with one chapter per writer. It is very easy to read in short bursts. I ended up reading it while riding the bus to and from work and still found it very engaging. The writing has good flow and the factual information came across as being incredibly well researched. The writing also feels purposely young adult friendly. Scribbling Women strikes me as something that would be perfect for a book report or as an essay citation....more