Rise & Resist

Rise & Resist
  • Author : Clare Press
  • Publisher : Melbourne University
  • Pages : 241
  • Relase : 2018
  • ISBN : 0522873731

Rise & Resist Book Review:

Rise & Resist takes a wild trip through the new activism sweeping the world. The political march is back in a big way, as communities rally to build movements for environmental and social justice. But today's context calls for increasingly creative strategies to make our voices heard. Crossing the globe, Clare Press meets passionate change-makers who believe in the power of the positive. From eco warriors and zero wasters to knitting nannas, introvert craftivists to intersectional feminists, they're all up for a revolution of sorts. Are you? Join Press as she tracks the formation of a new counterculture, united by a grand purpose: to rethink how we live today to build a more sustainable tomorrow.

This Place Is Still Beautiful

This Place Is Still Beautiful
  • Author : XiXi Tian
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Pages : 368
  • Relase : 2022-06-07
  • ISBN : 9780063086043

This Place Is Still Beautiful Book Review:

A sweeping debut novel about first love, complicated family dynamics, and the pernicious legacy of racism. Perfect for fans of Tahereh Mafi, Jandy Nelson, and Emily X.R. Pan, with crossover appeal for readers of Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half and Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You. The Flanagan sisters are as different as they come. Seventeen-year-old Annalie is bubbly, sweet, and self-conscious, whereas nineteen-year-old Margaret is sharp and assertive. Margaret looks just like their mother, while Annalie passes for white and looks like the father who abandoned them years ago, leaving their Chinese immigrant mama to raise the girls alone in their small, predominantly white Midwestern town. When their house is vandalized with a shocking racial slur, Margaret rushes home from her summer internship in New York City. She expects outrage. Instead, her sister and mother would rather move on. Especially once Margaret’s own investigation begins to make members of their community uncomfortable. For Annalie, this was meant to be a summer of new possibilities, and she resents her sister’s sudden presence and insistence on drawing negative attention to their family. Meanwhile Margaret is infuriated with Annalie’s passive acceptance of what happened. For Margaret, the summer couldn’t possibly get worse, until she crosses paths with someone she swore she’d never see again: her first love, Rajiv Agarwal. As the sisters navigate this unexpected summer, an explosive secret threatens to break apart their relationship, once and for all. This Place Is Still Beautiful is a luminous, captivating story about identity, sisterhood, and how our hometowns are inextricably a part of who we are, even when we outgrow them.

Engaging Contradictions

Engaging Contradictions
  • Author : Charles R. Hale
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Pages : 416
  • Relase : 2008-05-07
  • ISBN : 9780520098619

Engaging Contradictions Book Review:

Scholars in many fields increasingly find themselves caught between the academy, with its demands for rigor and objectivity, and direct engagement in social activism. Some advocate on behalf of the communities they study; others incorporate the knowledge and leadership of their informants directly into the process of knowledge production. What ethical, political, and practical tensions arise in the course of such work? In this wide-ranging and multidisciplinary volume, leading scholar-activists map the terrain on which political engagement and academic rigor meet. Contributors: Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Edmund T. Gordon, Davydd Greenwood, Joy James, Peter Nien-chu Kiang, George Lipsitz, Samuel Martínez, Jennifer Bickham Mendez, Dani Nabudere, Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Jemima Pierre, Laura Pulido, Shannon Speed, Shirley Suet-ling Tang, João Vargas

Single Handed - The Story of Keith Maze and His Dog Wishbone

Single Handed - The Story of Keith Maze and His Dog Wishbone
  • Author : Loretta Wade
  • Publisher : D.B. Myers
  • Pages : 125
  • Relase : 2012-11-19
  • ISBN : 9781480280441

Single Handed - The Story of Keith Maze and His Dog Wishbone Book Review:

Keith Maze has inspired many people during his battle with cancer. Battle is a good way to describe it. Maze is more of a battler than a victim. Maze has always been a fan of the underdog, rooting for and helping them in any way he can. Even during the darkest days of battling the disease the talented singer organized or performed at many charity events. So who could have imagined that one of the underdogs he helped was, well, a dog? Maze found the Jack Russel named Wishbone annoying in the beginning. Between the frequent fights with another Jack Russel, and constantly dropping a plastic toy on top of Maze's shoe in an effort to get his attention, the dog was nothing more than a nuisance. But then the dog lost one of it's limbs in a tragic accident and everything changed. The two suddenly had something in common - being "Single Handed". This story will draw a tear to your eye, but have you laughing at the same time. Not only can you overcome adversity during the worst moments, you can also do it with a smile.

I Need the Happy Ending

I Need the Happy Ending
  • Author : Shelley Deean Giard
  • Publisher : Tate Publishing & Enterprises
  • Pages : 172
  • Relase : 2014-03
  • ISBN : 1625638582

I Need the Happy Ending Book Review:

Have you ever wondered how you're going to survive this next week, day, or hour? Perhaps you are standing on the fault line in the battle of your life. Perhaps you are already engaged. Whatever the case, whether your struggle is physical, spiritual, emotional, or mental, in the accumulated losses and taxing stressors you face, know you are not alone. There is hope, and a way through. In Breathe, Shawna shares her story of marriage; an arranged marriage of sorts, that was rooted in ambiguous faith, submerged in mental and emotional captivity, and survived with glimpses of hope, learned coping strategies, and tremendous support found through vulnerability. Breathe speaks to the caregiver of someone who has attempted suicide, the individual struggling to survive mental illness, and the supportive friend or family member who wants to understand the all-to-often hidden life of a family raped by these realities. Some moments make you lose your breath. In others, all you can do is breathe. Shawna's desire is that by sharing her story others will feel empowered to do the same. Breathe is an inside look into her life. It is also a map for hope, and a legend to help you find your way.

Enormous Changes at the Last Minute

Enormous Changes at the Last Minute
  • Author : Grace Paley
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Pages : 216
  • Relase : 2014-10-07
  • ISBN : 9781466883987

Enormous Changes at the Last Minute Book Review:

In Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, originally published in 1974, Grace Paley "makes the novel as a form seem virtually redundant" (Angela Carter, London Review of Books). Her stories here capture "the itch of the city, love between parents and children" and "the cutting edge of combat" (Lis Harris, The New York Times Book Review). In this collection of seventeen stories, she creates a "solid and vital fictional world, cross-referenced and dense with life" (Walter Clemons, Newsweek).

Pages from a Black Radical's Notebook

Pages from a Black Radical's Notebook
  • Author : James Boggs
  • Publisher : Wayne State University Press
  • Pages : 420
  • Relase : 2011
  • ISBN : 0814332560

Pages from a Black Radical's Notebook Book Review:

Stephen M. Ward is assistant professor at the University of Michigan in the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies and the Residential College.

The Temple of the Twelve

The Temple of the Twelve
  • Author : Esmerelda Little Flame
  • Publisher : Spilled Candy Publication
  • Pages : 284
  • Relase : 2001
  • ISBN : 1892718324

The Temple of the Twelve Book Review:


  • Author : K. D. Rausin
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Pub
  • Pages : 172
  • Relase : 2013-01-05
  • ISBN : 1480002461

Mystic Book Review:

Paralyzed and using a wheelchair, Amelia Dean is alone in the world with the exception of her best friend, Greg. During a trip with Greg and his Grandma K, a strange accident transports them to a world full of odd creatures and a lion-man named Winston. However, none of that is as important as the fact that in Mystic... she's healed. But when Greg is captured by the nefarious wizard Ralient, it's up to Amelia to save him. On her amazing journey, she learns the secret to who she really is and that her true strength was inside her the whole time, wheelchair or not. Newly walking and with the shocking knowledge of her true heritage, Amelia soon discovers that being like most kids isn't what she really wanted... or is it? Mystic is an exciting new fantasy novel that transports readers to a wondrously inventive world, full of strange and enticing creatures. With a heroine who is just trying to learn to live her life while using a wheelchair, her amazing journey to Mystic will give her what she wants most... the ability to walk again. With an emphasis on friendship, inner strength, and overcoming any adversity that comes your way, this engrossing novel shows young readers that with the right mindset, they can do anything. An expansive and inspiring fantasy novel, Mystic by K. D. Rausin offers the pure and exciting adventure that children have been missing and is the appealing new novel that readers everywhere have been waiting for.

Esther the Easter Donkey

Esther the Easter Donkey
  • Author : Nora Ballew
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Pages : 44
  • Relase : 2016-02-11
  • ISBN : 1508929661

Esther the Easter Donkey Book Review:

When Esther the donkey comes to live on Potter's farm, the other animals don't know what to make of the funny looking donkey with the cross on her back. But before long, they all learn that Esther has an amazing story to share, the true story of Easter!

Long Walk to Freedom

Long Walk to Freedom
  • Author : Nelson Mandela
  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Pages : 576
  • Relase : 2008-03-11
  • ISBN : 0759521042

Long Walk to Freedom Book Review:

The book that inspired the major new motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world. As president of the African National Congress and head of South Africa's antiapartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving the nation toward multiracial government and majority rule. He is revered everywhere as a vital force in the fight for human rights and racial equality. LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is his moving and exhilarating autobiography, destined to take its place among the finest memoirs of history's greatest figures. Here for the first time, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela tells the extraordinary story of his life--an epic of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph.

Slay and Pray

Slay and Pray
  • Author : Katlyn Joy Moncrief Bryan
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Pages : 234
  • Relase : 2017-03-03
  • ISBN : 1542786908

Slay and Pray Book Review:

Are you tired of feeling defeated, discouraged, and discontent? Do you lack self-esteem, confidence, and struggle to find your true identity in and through Christ Jesus? How would you like to walk boldly in your calling and purpose in Christ in this life? If you answered yes to any of these questions then the Slay and Pray 30 day devotion is for you! Through Slay and Pray, Koach Katlyn takes you on a journey to empower, encourage, and equip you to live life to your fullest potential through Christ Jesus. This book teaches you how to be bold, confident, and focused as a daughter of the King! Slay and Pray is the perfect book for your personal devotion time, small groups, youth groups, and for any lady ages 12 and older who is looking to live life to their fullest potential in God!

Carlita's Way

Carlita's Way
  • Author : Carlita Hodges
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 190
  • Relase : 1914-07-12
  • ISBN : 0990551504

Carlita's Way Book Review:

In Carlita's Way: Out of the Dark Into the Light (My Journey), Carlita Hodges, the ex-wife of former NBA player Craig Hodges, bares all, and provides readers with a rare glimpse into her life as a celebrity wife, and the struggles she faced with abuse, lies, and infidelity. According to Carlita, "I didn't expect to be mistreated, and cheated on; or to become a single parent. I didn't expect him to fall out of love with me, and I also didn't expect him to put women or anyone before his family." Divulging shocking details of her personal childhood battles and revealing secrets of her past relationship with R.Kelly, Carlita discusses the pitfalls of being a celebrity wife, and shares her innermost feelings about raising her two sons as a single mother, family issues, losing custody of her sons, her criminal indictment, and how she was able to move past the pain and live an empowered life. A captivating, must-read memoir, Carlita's Way: Out of the Dark into the Light (My Journey), provides essential lessons for both men and women who want to break the cycle of trauma, self-destruction, and abuse.

Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement

Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement
  • Author : Barbara Ransby
  • Publisher : Univ of North Carolina Press
  • Pages : 497
  • Relase : 2003
  • ISBN : 9780807827789

Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement Book Review:

A stirring new portrait of one of the most important black leaders of the twentieth century introduces readers to the fiery woman who inspired generations of activists. (Social Science)


  • Author : Constance Backhouse
  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Pages : 432
  • Relase : 1999-11-20
  • ISBN : 9781442690851

Colour-Coded Book Review:

Historically Canadians have considered themselves to be more or less free of racial prejudice. Although this conception has been challenged in recent years, it has not been completely dispelled. In Colour-Coded, Constance Backhouse illustrates the tenacious hold that white supremacy had on our legal system in the first half of this century, and underscores the damaging legacy of inequality that continues today. Backhouse presents detailed narratives of six court cases, each giving evidence of blatant racism created and enforced through law. The cases focus on Aboriginal, Inuit, Chinese-Canadian, and African-Canadian individuals, taking us from the criminal prosecution of traditional Aboriginal dance to the trial of members of the 'Ku Klux Klan of Kanada.' From thousands of possibilities, Backhouse has selected studies that constitute central moments in the legal history of race in Canada. Her selection also considers a wide range of legal forums, including administrative rulings by municipal councils, criminal trials before police magistrates, and criminal and civil cases heard by the highest courts in the provinces and by the Supreme Court of Canada. The extensive and detailed documentation presented here leaves no doubt that the Canadian legal system played a dominant role in creating and preserving racial discrimination. A central message of this book is that racism is deeply embedded in Canadian history despite Canada's reputation as a raceless society. Winner of the Joseph Brant Award, presented by the Ontario Historical Society

Reclaiming Power and Place

Reclaiming Power and Place
  • Author : National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
  • Publisher :
  • Pages :
  • Relase : 2019
  • ISBN : 0660292750

Reclaiming Power and Place Book Review:

Religion, Welfare and Social Service Provision

Religion, Welfare and Social Service Provision
  • Author : Robert Wineburg,Jay Poole
  • Publisher : MDPI
  • Pages : 276
  • Relase : 2019-04-16
  • ISBN : 9783038977605

Religion, Welfare and Social Service Provision Book Review:

Religion, Welfare, and Social Service Provision: Common Ground delves deeply into the partnerships forged between religious communities, government agencies and nonprofits to deliver social services to the needy. These pages offer a considered examination of how local faith entities have served those in their midst, and how the provision of those services has been impacted by evolving social policies. This foundational volume brings together the work of more than two dozen leading researchers, each providing long overdue scholarly inquiry into religiously affiliated helping and the many possibilities that it holds for effective cooperation.

My Escape from Slavery

My Escape from Slavery
  • Author : Frederick Douglass
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Pages : 32
  • Relase : 2017-10-24
  • ISBN : 197844494X

My Escape from Slavery Book Review:

Frederick Douglass was born a slave in Maryland around February 1818. He escaped in 1838, but in each of the three accounts he wrote of his life he did not give any details of how he gained his freedom lest slaveholders use the information to prevent other slaves from escaping, and to prevent those who had helped him from being punished.

The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club
  • Author : Amy Tan
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 288
  • Relase : 2006-09-21
  • ISBN : 9781101502730

The Joy Luck Club Book Review:

“The Joy Luck Club is one of my favorite books. From the moment I first started reading it, I knew it was going to be incredible. For me, it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime reading experiences that you cherish forever. It inspired me as a writer and still remains hugely inspirational.” —Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians Amy Tan’s beloved, New York Times bestselling tale of mothers and daughters, now the focus of a new documentary Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir on Netflix Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's "saying" the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their spirits and money. "To despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable." Forty years later the stories and history continue. With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery.

The Shock Doctrine

The Shock Doctrine
  • Author : Naomi Klein
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Pages : 672
  • Relase : 2009-03-18
  • ISBN : 9780307371300

The Shock Doctrine Book Review:

The shock doctrine is the unofficial story of how the "free market" came to dominate the world, from Chile to Russia, China to Iraq, South Africa to Canada. But it is a story radically different from the one usually told. It is a story about violence and shock perpetrated on people, on countries, on economies. About a program of social and economic engineering that Naomi Klein calls "disaster capitalism." Based on breakthrough historical research and 4 years of reporting in disaster zones, Klein explodes the myth that the global free market triumphed democratically, and that unfettered capitalism goes hand-in-hand with democracy. Instead, she argues it has consistently relied on violence and shock, and reveals the puppet strings behind the critical events of the last 40 years. "The shock doctrine" is the influential but little understood theory that in order to push through profoundly unpopular policies that enrich the few and impoverish the many, there must be a collective crisis or disaster—real or manufactured. Klein vividly traces the origins of modern shock tactics to the economic lab of the University of Chicago under Milton Friedman in the 60s, and beyond to the CIA-funded electroshock experiments at McGill in the 50s which helped write the torture manuals used today at Guantanamo Bay. She details the events of the recent past that have been deliberate theatres for the shock doctrine: among them, Pinochet’s coup in Chile in 1973, the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989, the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991; and, more recently, the September 11 attacks, the invasion of Iraq, the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. And she shows how—in the hands of the Bush Administration—the "war on terror" is a thin cover for a thriving destruction/reconstruction complex, with disasters, wars and homeland security fuelling a booming new economy. Naomi Klein has once again written a book that will change the way we see the world.