Non-Fiction Reading Round-up

It’s time to give credit where credit is due and highlight the books that fuel my musings. Here’s what I’ve read in the past few weeks.

 

Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay

Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay

This is a series of feminist essays on pop culture, current affairs, and politics. Roxane Gay’s unapologetic voice is not only perfect in pointing out uncomfortable truths; it is so strong and darkly funny as to be immediately relatable.  Her vision of feminism -determined and passionate, but also personal and flawed- certainly helped me be more forgiving of my own and others’. I wish I had written this book. Seriously, just look at the title- so much going on in two little words.

Discourse on Colonialism – Aimé Césaire

Discours sur le Colonialisme - Aimé Césaire

Written in 1955, this essay denounces French and European colonialism in its various manifestations: in the justifications of politicians, in the theories of humanists, in the interpretations of anthropologists. There’s no denying that the text is dated in its references (I was tempted to google pretty much every name mentioned), but it rests on concepts that are still painfully relevant. In any case, it’s not long enough to be really tedious, and the tone is ardent enough to keep you going.

 

Redefining Realness – Janet Mock

Redefining Realness - Janet Mock

This book is the memoir of Janet Mock’s gender transition. Its strength is in using a single story to demonstrate that there is no single story. In other words, the transgender experience is not only about middle/upper middle class white people and their transitions; it is about people from countless backgrounds involved in countless situations. To a certain extent, Mock defeats her own purpose by writing yet another transition story, but she does so with such nuance and consideration that it doesn’t really matter. It’s a strong and nurturing book.

 

These are three books I definitely recommend. Your own recommendations are more than welcome, as well as your opinions. Bookish talks rock my socks.

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