Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush

The sheer beauty of this book took my breath away, especially given its subject matter: climate change, and the destruction it is wrecking on coastal communities, both human and non-human, throughout the US. In a series of connected essays, Rush explores rising sea level and its effect on tidal salt marshes, migratory birds, and the... Continue Reading →

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay

This is a brutal, visceral, powerful collection of essays about rape culture. It was hard to read--not only because of the subject matter--but because of the way it lays bare how prevalent rape, sexual assault, and misogyny are in every facet of American (and global) life. The #metoo movement has already made this abundantly clear, but... Continue Reading →

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo breaks down a whole lot of complicated issues surrounding race in America into accessible pieces. I found it to be a quick read, mostly because of how beautifully clear and direct it was. With chapter titles like "What is the school-to-prison pipeline?", "What are microaggressions?" and... Continue Reading →

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