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At Night We Walk in Circles
it was amazing
I feel blessed that this year has seen new work out by Edwidge Danticat, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, I could almost throw in Junot Diaz even though that ...more
Nov 13, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
did not like it
I'm at zero tolerance for racist language and stereotypes. I don't care if that makes me seem humorless. This book is from 1982 yet Dahl puts the word ...more
May 06, 2014
May 06, 2014
This Census-Taker
it was ok
I was excited to see a new China Miéville novel out but this was a real disappointment. He is one of my all-time favourite authors and Embassytown, Th ...more
Mar 07, 2016
Mar 02, 2016
Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities
it was amazing
It's hard to write about this book without saying, just go and read it. Rebecca Solnit writes much better than I could hope for so this review will so ...more
Jun 10, 2016
Jun 23, 2015
Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality
it was amazing
The most powerful aspect of the books Rethinking Schools put out are the practical applications coupled with insight and critical reflection. This goe ...more
not set
Oct 09, 2016
Mexican Enough: My Life between the Borderlines
liked it
I'm not sure exactly how I feel about this book. I respect the fact the author brought up the complexities of Mexican society and did not shy away fro ...more
Sep 29, 2008
Sep 01, 2008
Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom
it was amazing
An incredible book. A must-read for any teacher anywhere. Lisa Delpit draws on personal experience to put forward her ideas regarding culturally respo ...more
Aug 25, 2013
Feb 06, 2013
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation
it was amazing
A brilliant and incisive book that provides an analysis of Black liberation movements manifest today, with historical context that never ceases to sho ...more
Feb 06, 2017
Jan 25, 2017
The Reactive
really liked it
This is a pretty relentless tale of trying to make meaning, however the people here in the book can. There are few redemptive moments, but the charact ...more
Jul 11, 2015
Jul 08, 2015
For Better, For Worse
it was amazing
Not much in the way of twists here but hey it's a romance novel! I found the characters easy to relate to and I know I love to imagine myself the main ...more
Jan 2016
Apr 03, 2016
The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage
it was amazing
A beautifully illustrated introduction to the story of the people behind Loving versus Virginia-the Supreme Court decision that outlawed miscegenation ...more
Mar 23, 2017
Mar 23, 2017
it was amazing
The image that comes to mind regarding the collection as whole is a painted wood chip half way to peeling off. Individually the stories are like splin ...more
Jan 17, 2017
Jan 16, 2017
Their Eyes Were Watching God
it was amazing
*possible spoilers*
I don't think there's much I can say that hasn't been said already, but I was blown away by this book. I tried reading it slowly ne
Aug 31, 2014
Aug 07, 2014
The Shadowed Sun (Dreamblood, #2)
it was amazing
A whole universe is contained within these pages. Jemisin's world building is without equal and I am consistently amazed at the depth and breadth of h ...more
Sep 05, 2016
May 10, 2016
The Book of Night Women
it was amazing
Brilliant prose and storytelling. It is clear that Marlon James put so much time into researching the era and experience described in the book. Charac ...more
Aug 10, 2016
Jun 19, 2016
Feel-Bad Education: And Other Contrarian Essays on Children and Schooling
it was amazing
There are no easy answers to the problems facing public education at this time in history but Kohn is able to suggest ways in which it could be improv ...more
Mar 21, 2014
Jan 02, 2014
The City & The City
it was amazing
Mieville is one of the most inventive writers I've read in a very long time. The City and the City is the third book I've read of his and while I didn ...more
not set
Jul 29, 2012
Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother
did not like it
I confess I didn't read this the whole way through. I was put off in the prologue when the author says that she hopes Latina mothers in the US with ch ...more
Oct 23, 2016
Jun 21, 2016
From the Mouth of the Whale
it was amazing
This is the second book of Sjón's that I've read and I hope to read more. I spent a week in Iceland a few years ago and I'm fascinated by the place. T ...more
Apr 10, 2014
Apr 10, 2014
The Gracekeepers
it was amazing
I loved reading this book and I hope there will be at least a sequel, if not more. There are lots of places Kirsty Logan could go to extend the storie ...more
Jun 28, 2015
Jun 19, 2015
Midnight Confessions
it was amazing
Tammi Labrecque has the gift of making a not-usually-romance-reader like myself smile at the twists and turns of her love lorn folk. This is set in Ne ...more
Dec 20, 2016
Dec 16, 2016
Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1)
it was amazing
Urban fantasy set in New York is one of my favorite new genres. This isn't as detailed as work by Daniel José Older, but it's also for a different aud ...more
Mar 14, 2017
Mar 06, 2017
Lost City Radio
really liked it
An author I'll definitely be keeping up with. In this novel Alarcon deftly moves between time periods, often with no breaks besides a new paragraph. T ...more
Sep 09, 2011
Sep 02, 2011
Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice
it was amazing
Thinking about this book is like giving myself a hug. It is full of powerful words and people that life me up. Everything Rethinking Schools put out h ...more
Dec 13, 2016
Oct 09, 2016
The Golem and the Jinni (The Golem and the Jinni, #1)
it was amazing
I found this to be an absorbing and highly original read. Wecker pulls from Jewish and Middle Eastern mythology in the characters of the Golem and the ...more
Mar 02, 2016
Feb 17, 2016
When My Brother Was an Aztec
it was amazing
I read this book in conjunction with Iris de Anda's Codeswitch: Fires from mi Corazón and Melinda Palacio's How Fire is a Story, Waiting. All three au ...more
Jun 20, 2016
Apr 11, 2016
James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
it was amazing
A fascinating read. I haven't read any of Tiptree's work but I'll try extra hard now to get my hands on it. Alice B. Sheldon lived an extraordinary li ...more
Dec 2011
Jun 16, 2011
Eight Days: A Story of Haiti
really liked it
A subtle yet powerful story that touches on the devastation of the 2010 earthquake. At a first glance I wasn't sure what was going on but on rereading ...more
Jan 26, 2013
Jan 27, 2013
The Fishermen
it was amazing
I found myself so engrossed in this novel and despite signs pointing the way they did, I still wanted tragedy to be averted. I still wanted there to b ...more
Sep 22, 2015
Sep 02, 2015
The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues
it was amazing
I was fortunate to hear Angela Davis speak in Oakland last year. She is a passionate and awe inspiring person who has stayed true to her beliefs. This ...more
Mar 21, 2014
Mar 08, 2014
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