Inbox/Outbox: December 2, 2016

I’m still in a weird post-election reading phase, where I’m taking in a mixture of fun, escapist reads and political/activist-centric nonfiction. I’ve found that this makes me both feel better, and helps me focus on doing productive work outside of books. Let’s get to it!

Inbox (Books Acquired)

Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis— Angela Davis is a well-known professor and activist, especially in the realms of feminism and the prison system. We should all probably know more than we do about state-sponsored oppression, and this seems like an excellent place to start. Just downloaded it on audio.

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham–A collection of essays from Lorelai! Well, sort of. I’ve just finished the Gilmore Girls Netflix revival and I seriously did not like it, but the show still holds a special place in my cold, cold, heart, so I’m pretty here for Graham’s memoir about it. As long as Dean isn’t in it. Can’t stand that guy.

Outbox (Books Finished)

Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit–This was the single most helpful book for me to read after the election. A collection of essays about what to do with yourself and your brain and your feelings after you’ve fought for justice and lost, Solnit speaks to that hopeless and nihilistic place we tend to camp in when we see progress halted or reversed. She reminds us that the work is its own reward, and the future is unknowable, and sometimes we lose, but despair is self-indulgent and perfection is the enemy of the good. Move on.

Alanna and In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce— My feel-good reads for the week! I’ve been hearing about Pierce’s Song of the Lioness series for years, mostly from people around Book Riot who champion its feminism and kick-ass, no-nonsense heroine, and all those people were right. Dive into some fantasy YA with a heroine who will not hesitate to cut you. But ya know, in the name of good and right (seriously).

In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce— Because obviously I’m going to finish the quartet this week. I’ve already started this one and am giving a little side-eye to the Brown Desert People tropes happening, but I’m willing to power through. We’ll see how it goes!

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander— This one has been on the TBR for awhile, and I think it will be a good pairing with the Angela Davis. The intersections between racism and the prison system is something I know exists but don’t know much about specifically, and now is a good time to correct that.

That’s it for me! Tell me about your week in reading!

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