Category: History & Politics

Feminist Books Really Are For Everybody

It’s the end of the decade. According to Publisher’s Weekly, “the feminist bookstores in the nation’s largest cities are experiencing the most significant upticks in sales, as well as in foot traffic.”  Here is a list of four books on Feminism and a brief summary of each in case you are curious and want to convert to the sisterhood.

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4-The Feminine Mystique by Betty Freidan

In this book, Friedan broke new ground as it was the very first book of its kind to establish that women were in fact, not solely made of “beauty, charm, and sweetness” as Freud said. Freidan conducted surveys and studies at Smith College and determined that housewives of the midcentury were, in fact, not happy as the housewife-mother archetype and felt they could not voice their feelings about their subservience. Freidan’s book changed the landscape for many women of the late 1950s and going forward.

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3-The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

Beauvoir’s book is considered by many to be the starting point of second-wave feminism—certainly in France. She writes about the treatment and experiences of women through history, men being the “default” and women considered the “other.” She concludes that it is pointless to argue over who is superior, men or women, but that men’s station in life is clearly preferred, and women should certainly fight for liberation until it is in their grasp.

 

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2-The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women by Naomi Wolf

The author says though social power and prominence of women in society has increased, so has pressure to conform to unrealistic physical standards of beauty. This is a problem, she maintains, as it deters women from careers and leads to eating disorders, an increase in cosmetic surgery, and general obsession and hatred among women over their bodies. This is an important read!

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1-Feminism Is For Everybody: Passionate Politics by Bell Hooks

This book was written and published at the dawn of the new millennium and is the epitome of what intersectionality means, aka where race, sex, and class all meet. This book is truly accessible to all readers. Hooks states, “As long as women are using class or race power to dominate other women, feminist sisterhood cannot be fully realized.” Amen.

 

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Enter the World of Secret Libraries

Everyone knows about the libraries that burned, but what about the ones that were hidden? In desert caves and the basements of ancient cities, these libraries were sealed, sometimes for centuries, to protect books from censorship and cataclysm. But don’t worry, not all is lost – some secret libraries are uncovered, and some you can still visit, with the proper credentials

 

 

Dunhuang Cave Library

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In a series of sacred caves at the northern edge of the Gobi desert in western China, a hidden treasure trove of manuscripts from between the fourth and eleventh centuries. After being sealed for a thousand years, they were found. It took ten more years for what remained the tens of thousands of manuscripts to be collected by the Chinese government, according to the BBC. Though much was lost, the bright side is that you can view many of these documents from anywhere in the world, thanks to the efforts of The International Dunhuang Project. Happy reading!

 

Family History of the Silk Road

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An Afghan cave along the silk road held thousands of documents dating to the 11th century, written by a family who lived on the silk road. Written in many languages, including Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian, according to RT. They aren’t the first to be found – the Ben Daniel family, merchants from northern Afghanistan, left caches and records elsewhere on the silk road, as well – an earlier discovery was made in Egypt. The papers are expected to be sold to an appropriate institution, but nothing is confirmed.

 

Bodleian Library

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Actually a series of thirteen libraries spread over Oxford, some more than 400 years old. These libraries are still very much active, but you’ll have to apply, as access is restricted to the most intensive research purposes, both private and institutional. Don’t be too heartbroken, though, if you’re on the wrong side of the pond – you can apply for digital access through their website if you need their collection. I’m going to have to start research on a relevant topic, just for access. And also fly across the world.

 

 

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National Book Award Finalists For Young People’s Literature

The National Book Foundation has unveiled the finalists for the National Book Awards. Listing five books each in five categories, they’ve given us some recognizable names, but it’s going to be an interesting year considering that none of the authors have taken home a National Book Award in these categories before.

For this article, we’re going to show you what made it into the ‘Young People’s Literature’ category.

 

 

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

 

Pet by [Emezi, Akwaeke]

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This book follows Jam and her best friend, Redemption, as they learn that monsters exist and suddenly meet Pat, a creature made of horns and colors and claws that emerges from one of Jam’s mother’s paintings thanks to a drop of Jam’s blood.

Now Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but it’ll be tough given that no one in this world believes in monsters.

How does one navigate in a world that is in denial about what you yourself know to be the truth?

Acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi asks this all important question, and many more, in their timely young adult debut. Kirkus Reviews praised this addition to YA as a “…soaring novel shoots for the stars and explodes the sky with its bold brilliance.”

 

Look Both Ways: A tale told in ten blocks by Jason Reynolds

 

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by [Reynolds, Jason]

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As Kirkus Reviews notes, this is a “collection [that] brims with humor, pathos, and the heroic struggle to grow up.” The overarching story is that a school bus fell from the sky, but no one saw it happen. Going through the day-to-day life of ten children all on a different block, we discover what really happens after the last school bell rings and what goes through our minds as we walk from home and, more importantly, what we ignore.

 

 

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby

 

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by [Ruby, Laura]

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Here we follow the story of Frankie, who’s been an orphan ever since her mother died and her father left her and her siblings in an orphanage. Now Frankie and her sister, Toni, two young, unwanted women doing everything they can to survive.

But now the embers of the Great Depression are kindled into the fires of World War II, and with the shadows of injustice, poverty, and death all around, the odds are against Frankie to make it in his doggone world.

NPR notes that “[t]here may be wolves behind all the doors, but there is also a whole world beyond for those bold enough to push them wide.”

 

1919: The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler

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In 1919 (obviously) America was recovering from World War I, black soldiers returned to racism so violent that that summer would become known as the Red Summer, the suffrage movement had a long-fought win when women gained the right to vote, laborers turned to the streets to protest working conditions, and a national fervor led to a communism scare. It was the year that prohibition went into effect.

A hundred years later, Sandler looks back at each of these movements, looking at their momentum and their setbacks, showing that progress isn’t always a straight line. More than a history book, Sandler has crafted an “entertaining and instructive look at a tumultuous year.”

 

PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING BY RANDY RIBAY

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This high school English teacher and YA novelist has a breakout hit with this June 18th release. Critically acclaimed, this Filipino-American author gives his most personal story yet:

The novel explores Jay, whose cousin is killed as part of Duterte’s drug war, as he travels to the Philippines in an attempt to unravel the mystery of his cousin’s death, confronting a place he thought he knew.

Kirkus Reviews showers praise, ending their review by saying “[p]art coming-of-age story and part exposé of Duterte’s problematic policies, this powerful and courageous story offers readers a refreshingly emotional depiction of a young man of color with an earnest desire for the truth,” and I say that I’ve been following this ever since I included it on Top Picks all the way back in June 16th, and now it’s been nominated!

 

 

Who do you think is going to win? I know who I think is going to win…

 

 

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Thrilling Hulu & Netflix Shows Arriving This October

Along with the changing of the leaves come the dark, chilly nights of Autumn- the perfect setting for everyone’s favorite holiday, Halloween. Face your fears with this month’s terrifying Hulu and Netflix adaptations!

We’ve put every new release into categories and included the Netflix and Hulu release dates to boot! Click on the titles or where it says “book” or “novel” to either the watch film/show trailer or to purchase the original book!

 

 

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

 

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From ‘the Time Traveler’s Wife’ | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

Drama

 

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Crime

 

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  • Trainspotting (1996 Film) – based on the book by Irvine Welsh (October 1st, Netflix)
  • True Grit (1969 Film) – based on the book by Charles Portis (October 1st, Hulu)
  • Winter’s Bone (2010 Film) – based on the book by Daniel Woodrell (October 1st, Hulu)

 

 

Horror

 

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From Hellraiser | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

Thriller

 

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Comics

 

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Animation

 

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From Sailor Moon | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

There are so many choices for the month of October, both for those who would rather not be spooked by their entertainment, and those seeking a thrill.

 

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The Queen of England’s Personal Advisor Promises Secrets in New Book

Whether you are a fan of the royal family or not, you cannot help but want to know the inner workings of what goes on behind castle walls and sky high gates scattered with armed guards. The life of a royal remains elusive and secretive, but for the first time, the public will get an insight into the Queen herself from her right hand woman.

 

 

Angela Kelly has worked with the Queen for 25 years. She began as her Senior Dresser and now holds the new position, Personal Advisor, Curator and In-house Designer. This is the first time in history that a member of the Queen’s staff has been granted permission to write a memoir of the sort.

 

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The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe, which will be released on October, 29, will highlight the minutia of the Queen’s wardrobe. We will finally learn the meaning behind the iconic monotone outfits? Why lime green?

 

The Other Side of the Coin

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The memoir will go in depth about the rituals and traditions that go into dressing the Queen for special occasions. Kelly will also share personal memories of her time with the Queen along with never before seen photos of the most famous English woman.

 

 

This book promises inside secrets and scoops for anyone interested in the fashion of the royal family or a deeper look at the jobs and people surrounding them.

 

 

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