Tag: Our Shared Shelf Book Club

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

Anyone who feels their confidence in humanity beginning to waver should read My Life on the Road. Gloria Steinem’s memoir is filled with hope, and the beauty of kindness.  It’s the memoir of a feminist and activist, so those without similar ideals may be enraged by the chapters where she discusses her personal views on abortion and women’s rights, but I found the whole thing inspiring. I flew through it, and will need to read it again in the future to absorb it more fully. Most memoirs are written chronologically, but you will find no linear comforts in My Life on the […]

Posted September 16, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Poetry is very personal. The most celebrated poets may light your soul on fire.  Or they may not speak to you at all.  Reviewing poetry is a very personal experience as well, and you should never take a blogger or reviewer’s opinion on poetry as law.  Read a poem by the poet in question.  Find out if they make you come alive. With that said, I have to be honest – I didn’t love Milk and Honey.  Rupi Kaur is a highly celebrated modern, feminist poet.  Her poetry reaches a lot of people.  She’s raw and real.  But the words didn’t […]

Posted August 22, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

These womens’ story is heartbreaking and absolutely needs to be told. The Radium Girls worked in luminous paint factories across the United States.  Factories like these existed worldwide, but it was the American plants that told the girls to follow a process called “lip, dip, paint”.  This process involved sticking the paintbrush in their mouth and twisting it to get a nice point, dipping it in the paint, and painting the dials.  The girls weren’t permitted to use water – it would waste too much of the precious substance.  They did this over and over again.  Day after day. The […]

Posted June 19, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This book is so fucking powerful. If y’all knew me in person, you’d know that I never swear. This calls for it. THE HATE U GIVE calls for something more – something bigger and louder and angrier. This book *needs* to be taught in high school. Every one – no matter your age, color gender, political stance… any of it… everyone needs to read this book. Why? Because it’s *important*. THE HATE U GIVE wasn’t written for me, but it did educate me to check my priveldge, to move out of the spotlight, to see justice no matter its color. […]

Posted May 1, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I found The Handmaid’s Tale terrifying and incredible. “We slept in what had once been the gymnasium.” Offred lives in a world where her name no longer matters.  She is no longer considered a person – she has no right to hold property, choose her own clothing, read, use body lotion, or love.  Offred is an object,  but she remembers the time before.  She remembers her friends, her mother, her husband, her daughter.  She is not supposed to remember.  Offred, like all other women, is to forget her humanity and embrace her new role in life – to breed. What a […]

Posted September 2, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //