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The Body is Not an Apology

Recommended by Ellen Young

The Body is Not an Apology (2018) is the friend your bookshelf is looking for. Written by world-renown author and award-winning performance poet, Sonya Renee Taylor, you will fall in love with yourself again. Through identifying the violent systems which seek to shame us, divide us, and wound the relationships we have with our own bodies, we reclaim ourselves through, “radical self-love and body empowerment.” 

Through Taylor’s “Unapologetic Inquiry” prompts and her “Radical Reflection” moments, you will begin a journey that is necessary for a thoughtful existence, where you will always want a pen and paper nearby. You will laugh out loud, you will cry, you will learn to love yourself and you will find this book to be unapologetically “binge-worthy.” 

I have no doubt, that, like me, you will loan this book to more than just one friend and loved one.  

If I could describe this book in one word, that word would be, “essential.” 

Please! Go watch her spoken word poetry

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Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think 

Do you think you’re smarter than a chimpanzee? Guess what…you’re not. Neither am I! But how?! Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, and Anna Rosling Rönnlund offer explanations as to why our worldview may not be as “on point” as we think. We all have instincts, stereotypes and even outdated information and education that create a worldview which may make things seem more negative, dyer, and distorted than we realize. Don’t worry, it’s not just you and it’s not just me. Factfulness helps us make sense of all the news headlines, the immense amounts of data, and helps us further focus on the things that really matter.  

If I could describe this book in one word, that word would be, “fundamental.”

Trick Mirror 

Recommended by Kelly Fisher

“Trick Mirror” is a collection of essays that are separate but interwoven questioning the online culture we live in and how it impacts our day to day lives.  The essays explore everything from how the internet perpetuates a “self-promoting culture”, to what does the rise of athleisure clothing say about our society’s focus on “optimization”.   

“Why do I have such a personal relationship with my facewash?”  While this is one of the lighter questions that Jia Tolentino, staff writer at the New Yorker, poses in her book “Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self Delusion”, it also reflects one of her great skills as a writer, and that is Tolentino’s ability to take many parts of our daily lives which we take for granted, and place them in a larger context in a way that is both critical, humorous, and relatable.   

One of the things you’ll love about this book is the way Tolentino brings forward complex social issues, and nuances them in a way that is both engaging, and at many times, hilarious.  Throughout the essays Tolentino analyzes these strange and turbulent times we live in and asks what they show about how society continues to portray and view women’s role within it.   

I could not recommend this book enough.  Whether that is for the high-quality writing, the insightfulness, or a sense of nostalgia for early internet culture, you will be pleased with this book.