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Out of Africa
I have no idea why my mom recommended this book to me. A white British colonist tells the story of her privileged life on her coffee plantation in Ken ...more
May 2009
May 02, 2009
Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa
Woah woah woah. First of all, what is with the foreward here? "The simple fact that Dead Aid is the work of an African black woman is the least of the ...more
May 2011
May 02, 2011
Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror
I can't do this book justice with a review. Feminist, short, and packed with information about what PTSD is, how it comes about, and how to heal it. A ...more
Nov 2010
Nov 12, 2010
I read this years ago, before heading to live in Mali for several months. I am thinking back on this intergenerational, magical realist epic that pain ...more
Aug 31, 2006
Jan 16, 2013
Direct Action: An Ethnography
I'm gonna go ahead and call this a great book. Graeber set out to do something huge and he totally did it. So like, first of all, mad props. There is ...more
Oct 2010
Sep 16, 2010
This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President
The root cause of conflict is not simply poverty but poverty brought on by exclusion. Exclusion in its broadest context: exclusion from resources, fro ...more
Oct 04, 2012
Aug 27, 2012
Unbowed: A Memoir
It was my professor of African American Women's History in college who taught me the lesson that one of the best ways to learn history is through stud ...more
Dec 2011
Nov 15, 2011
Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War
[Updated 16 Feb: I just learned that Anthony Shadid passed away in Syria today, from an asthma attack caused by an allergy to the horses he used to sm ...more
Dec 2008
Oct 24, 2008
We Don't Need Another Wave: Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists
Hit or miss anthology about feminist activism, mostly by youth, in the early 2000s. Much of it was miss, but a few really good pieces did stand out. A ...more
Mar 2010
Mar 11, 2010
Exile & Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation
Exile and Pride reads like two books in one. The first, a personal unraveling of experiences growing up poor and genderqueer with cerebral palsy in a ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 10, 2009
Cambodia's Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land
It took me to the end of this book to feel like I could trust this author. He made too many sweeping, disparaging statements that unveiled a disconcer ...more
Mar 20, 2013
Feb 27, 2013
Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others
I brought this book with me to the Central African Republic, and read it by headlamp in a dark room after they shut the generator off for the night ea ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 12, 2014
Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza
Gorgeous writing, crafting a way of seeing, experiencing, being in the world. Identity politics at its most rooted and important. The first half of th ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 13, 2011
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
This book is four stars for its writing (compelling, complicated, fast) and two for its dubious research methods. Boo's motives were good-- she was dr ...more
Sep 27, 2012
Sep 20, 2012
The Hard Truth About Soft Skills: Workplace Lessons Smart People Wish They'd Learned Sooner
What a ridiculous book. But do you know what's also ridiculous? CORPORATE NONPROFIT CULTURE IN LATE CAPITALISM IN THE INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD. Hooooboy, ...more
Mar 26, 2013
Mar 23, 2013
Dark Age: Political Odyssey of Bokassa
This would be 3 stars if I wasn't living in CAR right now-- meaning 3 stars of interest for the general public, 4 stars of useful for the Central Afri ...more
May 02, 2014
Apr 10, 2014
The problem with reading seminal works late in your study of a subject is that the ideas presented in the original are not only old news, but the idea ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 19, 2008
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa
Brutal. Come to know this story. Hochschild is an American from UCBerkeley who wrote the kind of self-conscious history you would expect from a social ...more
Feb 2011
Jan 24, 2011
The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities
In the movement striving to create alternative, restorative forms of justice that respect survivors' needs and wishes while simultaneously respecting ...more
Nov 2011
Oct 30, 2011
Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future
Some good background information here, definitely a useful read, with old-time history, recent political/corporate history, and a good overview of lab ...more
Jun 2008
Jun 09, 2008
The Road
If you're going to write an apocalypse book in 2006, you'd think you would feel pushed to write something original. If you were a Pulitzer Prize winni ...more
Jan 2010
Dec 27, 2009
Silent Terror: A Journey into Contemporary African Slavery
I recommend finding and reading this. Cotton was a young journalist when he was assigned to follow a lead about the existence of enslavement in contem ...more
Aug 12, 2013
Jul 31, 2013
Due Diligence: An Impertinent Inquiry into Microfinance
This is the book to read about microfinance, specifically microcredit.

Roodman is a fantastic journalist and a delightful writer. The book is exactly w
Sep 16, 2012
Aug 10, 2012
There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra
Chinua Achebe's "personal history of Biafra" was too little of either personal memoir or history to be what the subject, and the poetry interspersed e ...more
Dec 03, 2012
Nov 24, 2012
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
This will absolutely become one of my most recommended books; I really urge all people from the US and all people who want to learn more about the US, ...more
Dec 23, 2012
Aug 28, 2012
In the Country of Men
The narrator's mother tells him that Scheherazade, when the king finally allowed her a wish after 1,001 stories and she asked that he spare her, chose ...more
Nov 10, 2012
Nov 04, 2012
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
I read a lot of ethnography because I like travel books. The thing about this participant observation anthropology is that it's always kinda problemat ...more
Sep 2010
Sep 03, 2010
Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist
The first panel:
"Oh Hothead"
"Fuckin WHAT?"
"Tell us, how does one become a homicidal lesbian terrorist?"
"How does one NOT you asshole?!?!"

A comic book
Dec 2009
Dec 27, 2009
The Collected Works of Billy the Kid
Poems, snippets, and pictures.
Hearty. Read it twice.

After shooting Gregory
this is what happened

I'd shot him well and careful
made it explode under his
Feb 2008
Feb 04, 2008
Thin Book of Trust
OK, I keep getting handed these self-help books on management in an office work environment. On one hand, I hate them, mainly because I am an anarchis ...more
Jan 25, 2014
Jan 25, 2014
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