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Short review 1

Are We Home Yet?


By Katy Massey

I would like to thank Netgalley and jacaranda books for letting me have early access to this book in exchange for an honest review. This book is an immersive journey into the life of a young A woman returns to her childhood home. A family meet to discuss their mother’s future. The author journeys between her past and her present. The reader follows. The book explores the author’s relationships; with her family, with her body, and with the society that surrounds her. The book flips between the past and present, taking the reader into the life and thoughts of the author. It is an immersive read.

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Books dnf’d

This month I am trying to clear my #netgalley tbr. Therefore, you will be seeing a lot of short or joint reviews. I don’t find them enjoyable to write and hopefully, after this month, I will to more exciting things with this relaunched site. I will tell you more later. But, for this month, this is going to be what we will be doing. First a few books that I dnf’d. I received these books from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Library of Ice
Readings from a Cold Climate
by Nancy Campbell
Pub Date 1 Nov 2018

In theory, I should have really liked this book. It has gorgeous prose and a brilliant subject. However, I Attempted to read it on several occasions and failed. I can’t put my finger on why, but I just couldn’t get into this book.

Fight Like A Girl
by Clementine Ford
Pub Date 20 Sep 2018

I thought I would enjoy this book. I have an interest in the subject. In fact, I took a BA Hons degree, and higher degrees, in women’s studies. However, this felt a little 101 and I was bored. If you are new to feminism, and need an introduction, this could be useful. However, if you are advanced in your feminism, then I’d look elsewhere

The Labyrinth of the Spirits
From the bestselling author of The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

I really liked the author’s earlier works. However, I don’t know if I read this book at the wrong time, but it just couldn’t grasp my attention. It’s a perfectly serviceable book, but it lost me.

From Slave Cabins to the White House
Homemade Citizenship in African American Culture
by Koritha Mitchell
Pub Date 15 Oct 2020

This should have been my kind of book. I really like the subject matter. But, it may have been the time when I tried to read it, I just couldn’t get into it.

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Short review 2

Women in a Patriarchal World

Twenty-five Empowering Stories from the Bible

By Elaine Storkey

I received this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is a series of devotional readings. Focusing on women in the Bible, It is centred on a bible reading and includes; an inspirational summary and questions. It would be a great devotional aid, either for; personal daily worship or for group study.

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Finally, I am posting again

Stephen Hawking

A Memoir of Friendship and Physics

By Leonard Mlodinow

This book is the story of a friendship. It is the story of the creation of a book. It is a story of a great man. It is a story of a troubled man. It is the story of a disabled man. Mlodinow worked with Hawkins on his major works. This book explores the relationship between Hawkins and his; work, family, friends, his disability and his own identity. In addition, it places Hawkins, and his work, in a wider historical perspective. Hawkins work was an important part of his life. This book looks at how his work fits into, and changes, the wider physics debates. It would act as a good introduction to modern day physics. Although, the long discussion of theory could prove off-putting to the impatient reader.

This book has been written by a friend and it shows. It is broadly sympathetic to its subject, sometimes falling into the trap of hero worship. In addition, it may be accused of over sentimentalising Hawkins disability, However, I enjoyed this informative work. It is a good place to start if the reader wishes to understand Hawkins; his life and his work. I highly recommend the book.

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100 word review

This Thing Called Life

by Joseph Vogel

Bloomsbury Academic

This book was given to me by the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Prince is known as a brilliant recording artist.  They are recognised as a brilliant live performer and as a sexual transgressive.  But, their political, and moral, views hardly ever get a mention.  This Thing Called Life Prince, Race, Sex, Religion, and Music seeks to fill this hole in existing writing around Prince.  The work explores the artists’ view of various politicians. The author deconstructs princes’ view of race and highlights his views on gender equality in his band and in everyday life.  The work highlights the importance of spirituality on his art and life.  It is well worth a read

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100ish word review

Whose Water Is It, Anyway?

Taking Water Protection into Public Hands

By Maude Barlow

This book was given to me by the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Whose Water, is it Anyway?  Is the story of Maude Barlow’s discovery of water activism. It tells the story of how the author became interested in this issue.  It then narrates the stories of various campaigns around water management. In addition, it is a manifesto for the water industry to be owned by the public. This is an interesting read.

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100 word review

Bird Therapy
By Joe Harkness

This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Bird Therapy is the tale of two journeys. Firstly, it is a journey from addiction and depression to a healthy life with the help of bird watching. Secondly, it is a journey of discovery in which Joe Harkness seeks to understand that recovery and place it into a broader context. This book is a combination of; personal narrative, psychological study, and journalistic endeavour. It seeks to explore the role of bird watching in a person’s mental well-being. It is an engaging read.

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100 word review

Ebony magazine and Lerone Bennett Jr.
Popular Black History in Postwar America
By E. James West

Ebony magazine began as a style and celebrity magazine, aimed at the emerging middle-class Black community. However, led by Lerone Bennett Jr., they soon took on another role, that of a source for the analysis of Black History. Inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, the magazine began to; explore, report on, and champion the telling of a version of Black history, centred on the Black individual, their achievements, and oppressions. The author traces the development of the magazine’s historical focus. Its first historical analysis focused on, aspirational, black, historical, figures. However, inspired by the Black Civil Rights Movement, it soon broadened its focus to include the, historical, oppression of Black individuals. This book provides an interesting overview of the development of a magazine. In addition, this work provides a brilliant analysis of the development and teaching of Black History. It is a worthwhile read. I highly recommend this book.

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Quick review

Sophonisba Breckinridge
Championing Women’s Activism in Modern America
By Anya Jabour

Sophonisba Breckinridge was a founder of modern-day social policy who is said to be the first person to run a Womens’ Studies course. She was a feminist, actively engaged with social issues, such as racial equality and poverty. However: her status as a woman; her collaborative methods; her interest in various issues; and time in history, positioned between the first and second waves of feminism, have made Sophonisba Breckinridge invisible to history.

This book seeks to rectify that omission. Anya Jabour has explored Sophonisba Breckinridge’s: early life, and attitudes to race; her time in University, her academic career; and her various political roles. This book is a brilliant picture of both; its’ subject and the time that she lived. It is well worth a rea