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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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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

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100 word review

An Autistic Anthology
By Lizzie Huxley-Jones

I was given this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. There aren’t many disabled voices in literature; in particular, there is a lack of Autistic representation. Huxley Jones argues that her goal is to show that there is a large pool of creativity within the Autistic community. This is an #ownvoices anthology; which includes; fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and visual art. There are some really good pieces within this work. However, like most anthologies, some pieces are stronger than others. Yet, it still works as a whole. It’s worth a read.

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A New Dictionary of FairiesA 21st Century Exploration of Celtic and Related Western European Fairiesby Morgan Daimler

The title basically says it all.  This is A New Dictionary of Fairies, a list of names given to various fairies and an exploration of the way they have been described in various cultures. It is a useful reference work.  It would be a great addition to any book collection. Keep it on the coffee table, or night stand.  Dip into it when you have a few minutes to spare. This book was given to me, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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Funny WeatherArt in an Emergencyby Olivia Laing

Two disclaimers. I received this book from the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. More importantly, I am a major Olivia Laing fan girl. I love the way that Laing combines literary biography and personal memoir to create an exciting fresh art form. Funny Weather is a collection of previously published works, focusing on, the lives of certain artists and personal narratives outlining the role of art within the author’s life.

This is an essay collection. So, not every essay will be of interest. The more personal shine through more brightly than others. But, overall, this collection is well worth a read.

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100 word review

100 Word Review

Washington Black

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018

by Esi Edugyan

Serpent’s Tail / Profile Books

Serpent’s Tail

This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  I thought that I had posted a review for this book, but I can’t find it. So, I apologise if I am repeating myself.  This book is set in the time of slavery.  It centres around a young, slave, boy (Washington Black).  His story crosses paths with a young inventor.  Washington black is recruited as a guinea pig.  His job is to ride in his masters new traveling device.  But, Washington Black is no normal slave.  He is a brilliant painter. His master finds his talent.  From there this story takes us on a trip around the world.  It is an interesting look at a Black individual who rises through society and the racism that he endures on the way.  This book has a serious topic, but reads like an adventure novel. It is an easy read, and many will love it. But, for me, there was something lacking.  I liked the work. However. I didn’t become engrossed by the story or  the characters.

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100 word review

One-Dimensional Queer

by Roderick

A. Ferguson


This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. One Dimensional Queer is a history, and critique, of the queer movement.  Ferguson explored the changes in the Queer movement, taking it from its freewheeling birth to the business structure of the present day.  The author argued that the Queer movement has changed.  Ferguson argued that the movement was birthed by actors from various sectors of the Queer, LGBT+, community.  The author introduces; Trans individuals, drag queens, Black people, etc… who were at the heart of the early history of the movement.  Ferguson argues that the movements drive to become more compatible with capitalism and its attempts to become more ‘professional’ and Business-like has meant a focus on Gay, Cis, white, able bodied men.  These individuals are the new key actors in the movement.  They are the movements ambassadors and shapers. Ferguson argues that this has excluded many voices, has weakened the ‘queer rights’ movement and left the needs of many individuals unaddressed.  This is a powerful book that needs an audience.