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Out of Africa
did not like it
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
Trauma And Recovery: The Aftermath Of Violence--from Domestic Abuse To Political Terror
it was amazing
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
Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa
liked it
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
Segu (Ségou, #1)
it was amazing
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
Conquest Of Bread, The
really liked it
Uplifting, light, and truly enjoyable! While I stand by an earlier assertion that best way to learn about anarchism nowadays is through radical permac ...more
Apr 22, 2012
Feb 01, 2012
Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza
really liked it
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
Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others
really liked it
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
Cambodia's Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land
really liked it
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
Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist
liked it
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
Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War
it was amazing
[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
This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President
really liked it
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
We Don't Need Another Wave: Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists
liked it
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
The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities
it was amazing
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
Exile & Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation
it was amazing
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
Unbowed: A Memoir
really liked it
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
Direct Action: An Ethnography
it was amazing
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
Due Diligence: An Impertinent Inquiry into Microfinance
really liked it
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
I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem
liked it
Feminist reclamation lit. At first glance, the Salem Witch Trials from the perspective of Tituba, the Black enslaved woman from Barbados who was the f ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 25, 2010
Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom
it was amazing
Surprisingly influential in my understanding of feminism, activism, and intersectionality: inspired by Tubman's life's work and the ways selected piec ...more
May 2008
Jan 31, 2016
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
it was amazing
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
it was ok
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
Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story
really liked it
Great book. Important book. A "thank you for writing this" sort of book.

McClelland is a journalist who experienced trauma while reporting in Haiti, an
Mar 13, 2016
Mar 11, 2016
The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex
really liked it
How do we know if we are being co-opted into contributing to a ruling-class agenda and just providing social service, or if we are truly helping peopl ...more
Sep 08, 2008
Aug 13, 2008
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
liked it
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
Cairo: My City, Our Revolution
really liked it
I don't know if this book will stand the test of time and become a classic revolutionary text. It is breathless and rushed and full of awe at what has ...more
Nov 24, 2012
Nov 17, 2012
There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra
liked it
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
In the Country of Men
really liked it
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
Red Emma Speaks: Selected Writings and Speeches
liked it
As it says in the intro to this book, not much of what Goldman says is unique-- you can find better articulated arguments for anarcho-syndicalism and ...more
Aug 2008
Jul 21, 2008
The Fire Next Time
it was ok
This was not my time to read this book.

Though quite short, I got completely lost in Baldwin's ruminations. The Fire Next Time is a disjointed mixture
Oct 2009
Oct 08, 2009
Dark Age: Political Odyssey of Bokassa
really liked it
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
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