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Book Review: When Stars Are Scattered

I have not done a book review in a while! It is time… This book is a children’s graphic novel. But stick with me. This one is worth reading as an adult even if you don’t have any kids at home and who are the right age. I am familiar with one of the authors, Jamieson, who has written some of my sons’ favorites: All’s Faire in Middle School and Roller Girl, both of which I have read so many times I can recite lines. My son requested this book months ago from the library, when he heard she had a new book coming out. The request list for this one is quite long. Due dates for books have been postponed in our county...

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The Vegan-ish journey behind EcoPetites

When we tell a story, we have to leave things out. That which didn’t make the cut can become it’s own story and that’s what I’ve got here. I’ve been posting recently about the “why” and “how” of EcoPetites and this is part of that theme. I’ve been telling the part of my journey to form EcoPetites in which a lecture by Rigoberta Menchú Tum led to (with lots of steps and decisions along the way) starting EcoPetites. You can refer to that blog post here. But the truth is more complex. I was primed for that moment with another catalyst. That story started one night when I was babysitting a dear friend’s son. Her little boy was asleep, house...

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Book Review: The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris

Technically, this is an audio book review. I highly recommend listening to this one if you can. You will recognize her voice if you have listened to All Things Considered on NPR between 2002 and 2011, when she was one of the hosts. In this, her first book, she applies her award-winning journalistic skill and engaging storytelling toward uncovering the sometimes-uncomfortable truths in her own family. As a memoir, she takes us on this journey of discovery and shares with us her inner emotions along with the facts. Ms. Norris originally set out to write about the changing conversations around race in the Obama era, but changed course when she realized there was so much to learn, hear and talk...

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YA Book review roundup!

What do you say when your son wants to check out a very sexist graphic novel from the library? * “No way, not on my card, kiddo.” That is in fact what I said: a first reaction that just came flying out of my mouth. This, of course, put him on the defense. When you are dealing with a teen, that is no way to have an influence. Actually, that is no way to convince anyone to consider another point of view, regardless of their age. So here goes parenting, take two. When he objected, I made a deal. I said. “If I check this out for you, I will also check out feminist books that you will be required...

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Book Review: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

I recently read the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, a play written in 1958. It recounts a critical moment for an African American family received a large sum of money from the father’s life insurance after his death. The hopes and dreams of each family member awakens and their perseverance in the face of adversity. The trailblazing Broadway production depicts an authentic view of African American culture. As a white person reading this, I found the introduction by Robert Nemiroff helpful in that it places the play in its historical and cultural context, and explains the significance of a couple of scenes which probably would have gone over my head otherwise. The story is highly relatable...

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