Books for Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month

It amazes me that we need to build awareness that this illegal and incredibly immoral thing is still happening in our world after the opposition that exists to it at such high levels. And yet.... There are so many problems with recognizing what slavery and human trafficking looks like today because we are so ingrained … Continue reading Books for Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Advertisements

The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad

Review: I've had The Last Girl on my TBR ever since Scribd started advertising it a while back but the subject matter was a little much for me at the time. I know these things happen and there are all kinds of terrible things happening to women all over the world and it can all seem … Continue reading The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race

Review:  I tried listening to this on audiobook first but kept feeling like I was missing things. I am so glad I stopped and went back to print. This collection of essays and poems has so much to say and I'm glad to have finally read it. I'm also glad to have given time to … Continue reading The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race

Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself by Rachel Lloyd

Review:  I am totally amazed by this book. At time it reads like a memoir because Lloyd recounts her own experience of commercial sexual exploitation, but it is very much an argument to be made against both the sex industry and the way we handle those in it. It brings about many important questions about … Continue reading Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself by Rachel Lloyd

I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright

I originally posted this for WIT Month a few months ago but wanted to repost today. Unfortunately, this is my only memoir by an indigenous author. I do plan to read "Strong Medicine" Speaks, which is a narrative that has been in my TBR for far too long. I also need to find some more … Continue reading I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright

I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright

Review:  I, Rigoberta Menchu is listed as a "testimonial biography", biography, and a memoir. Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, who wrote it down for her, calls it a narrative. Menchu narrated her story for Burgos and it is written in the first person. I had read another narrative by an activist when I was writing my old blog, it … Continue reading I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Review: It's amazing how hearing the same story from a different perspective makes you see it all a little differently. While there are some bits that I'm not familiar with from American history classes throughout the years, most of the information isn't entirely new. This book just does something with the information that no American … Continue reading An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

FF- International Day to End Violence Against Women

This year's International Day to End Violence Against Women happens to fall on a Friday, so that makes it the perfect Femme Friday topic. These are some books that can help get someone sped up on the history of violence against women. While men do perpetrate violence against each other as well, this day is … Continue reading FF- International Day to End Violence Against Women

Freedom From Fear and Other Writings by Aung San Suu Kyi, edited by Michael Aris

Review:  Oh, the feels. There's just too much here and during this time. I'm trying to keep this to a review and will post the book inspired rant later. Please bear with me, there will be crossover. This book is amazing and really showcases the struggle and strength of a founder of democracy for her … Continue reading Freedom From Fear and Other Writings by Aung San Suu Kyi, edited by Michael Aris

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park

 Review: I've read (listened to) a lot of memoirs in recent years but this was my first by a human trafficking survivor. It's a powerful story of survival and determination that all adults should read. I'll warn the potential reader, though, this book comes riddled with triggers. An excerpt from the back cover: Yeonmi Park … Continue reading In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park