This week I am in the midst of long-time activist Angela Davis’ latest work, Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement. This collection brings together interviews, articles, essays, and speeches, for a powerful work that presents complex academic analysis in a straightforward, conversational tone. In her latest, Davis uses the feminist concept of intersectionality as a lens through which she examines resistance movements on a global scale. I feel my world realigned and my grasp on radical politics improving on every page – it’s hard not to underline every sentence. This book is essential reading for prison abolitionists, anti-apartheid activists, third wave feminists, and, well….basically everyone. Read this to restore your revolutionary zeal in as little as three hours! You can find copies of Freedom is a Constant Struggle on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.
Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith
This week I read Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith. This middle grade chapter book takes place in 1930s swampy Alabama and is an exciting mix of spooky, American history, and folk magic! The main character, Hoodoo Hatcher, has to find a way to save his family, friends, and his whole town from the mysterious Stranger that arrives in his small town by learning to use the hoodoo that his family practices. Along the way he learns some family secrets, meets a talking crow, and befriends a carnival fortune teller. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a story that is both creepy and fun! You can find copies of Hoodoo on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.
A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
I am slowly but surely making my way through Lucia Berlin’s A Manual for Cleaning Women. It’s a collection of short stories, so I feel like it’s meant to be read leisurely, in between novels. Themes include: Catholicism, poverty, womanhood, and marriage, or the dissolution of. Heavy stuff, but Berlin is not without a sense of humor. Most stories are set in the southwest and the descriptions of Albuquerque and El Paso strike me as spot on. Bonus: the cover is millennial pink! You can find copies of A Manual for Cleaning Women on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.
Thus Were Their Faces: Selected Stories by Silvina Ocampo
Darkly fantastic short stories and novellas. Ocampo is a master of the short story with a deep imagination, a twisted sense of humor, and clever prose. I just finished the story Mimoso which is about a woman who embalms her recently deceased dog so he can keep protecting the household even in death, and I never related more to a character. If you enjoyed Homesick for Another World or What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, then consider checking out Silvina Ocampo! You can find copies of Thus Were Their Faces on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.