• Self Help Book Reviews

    The 5 Love Languages

    I picked this book up for a couple of reasons. One, I had first heard about this book in a Communications class while I was attending university and it is apparently widely referenced. It made me curious and I had made a mental note to check it out someday. Two, a year into my marriage with a long time friend I found myself miserable and feeling emotionally empty, so I put aside my pride and decided to seek help. Three, I just like taking personality quizzes and sharing them with friends, I think they’re really fun, so why not? While some of the advice given in the book sounds like…

  • Poetry Book Reviews

    Sisters’ Entrance

    I’ve struggled to gather my thoughts on this collection, I was just so blown away and overwhelmed by the emotions elicited by this book. The poetry collected here comes from a very personal place for the author, who is a Sudanese refugee that survived the war and genocide in Darfur. “When you build nations on someone’s bones what sense does it make to break them?” Some poems were heavy and spoke of her traumatic experiences such as in People Like Us and The Bride. Others, like Why I Haven’t Told You Yet, were more light-hearted but still carry a strong message. All of these poems pulled together shape the author,…

  • Feminist Essay Book Reviews

    Are Women Human?

    There are three essays in this collection, two written in the 1930s by the author including the titular essay, Are Women Human? as well as an introduction by Mary McDermott Shideler about Dorothy L. Sayers’ career. Both of Sayers’ essays are brilliant, full of razor sharp wit and strong analysis of society, first wave feminism, and the church respectively. While Sayers probably wouldn’t want her essays to be considered “feminist,” she was far ahead of her time with feminist theory. One of her core criticisms of feminism was that feminists at times make the same mistake that men do in treating women like another class of human. She outlines the…

  • Feminist Essay Book Reviews

    Women & Power: A Manifesto

    What a great example of history providing context for the present day, Women & Power is a pair of essays by classicist Mary Beard. The author does a phenomenal job linking Greek and Roman mythology to present day attitudes toward women in power. She dissects the tradition of viewing public speech as a defining male trait. “For a start it doesn’t much matter what line you take as a woman, if you venture into traditional male territory, the abuse comes anyway. It is not what you say that prompts it, it’s simply the fact that you’re saying it.” Beard offers a compelling argument about the way that public speech has…

  • Memoir Book Reviews

    The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine

    I didn’t know a thing about Somaly Mam or AEFSIP when I picked up this little memoir at the library. Human trafficking has been a well known issue in Southeast Asia that is still prevalent today despite humanitarian efforts. It is a horrible industry that continues to grow and effects even my home country, the Philippines. This memoir details Somaly’s upbringing as an aboriginal girl in the years following the Khmer Rouge, abandoned and eventually picked up by an abuser that sells her. The book continues on through Somaly’s life of slavery, eventual freedom, meeting her husband, and the founding of AEFSIP. It is an inspirational story not just because…

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