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Mona Eltahawy is a freelance Egyptian-American journalist, and social commentator based in New York City. She has written essays and op-eds for publications worldwide on Egypt and the Islamic world, including women's issues and Muslim political and social affairs.
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Culture Warlords
My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy
Talia Lavin - Oct 13, 2020
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A HARROWING JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF WHITE SUPREMACYTalia Lavin is every skinhead’s worst nightmare: a loud and unapologetic Jewish woman, acerbic, smart, and profoundly antiracist, with the investigative chops to expose the tactics and ideologies of online hatemongers. Culture Warlords is the story of how Lavin, a frequent target of extremist tro...
Mona Eltahawy
Jan 12, 2021
I am sure @chick_in_kiev’s brilliant book is being recommended every day. Today, it’s my turn to recommend it. Read this. Talia writes powerfully about the need to make fascism socially unacceptable. Read this.      source
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Ben Collins
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You're the Only One I've Told
The Stories Behind Abortion
Meera Shah - Sep 01, 2020
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"Moving, multifaceted, and deeply eye-opening as it is compelling” —Cecile Richards, author of Make Trouble At a time where reproductive rights are at risk, these vital stories of diverse individuals serve as a reminder of the importance of empathy, finding community and motivating advocacy  For a long time, when people asked Dr. Meera S...
Mona Eltahawy
Aug 25, 2020
I was happy to blurb a book by an abortion provider who is a woman of colour and whose book “highlights the experiences of women of color, and incorporates the perspectives of a trans person seeking an abortion and the male partner of a woman who chose to end her pregnancy.”      source
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Free Women of Spain
Anarchism and the Struggle for the Emancipation of Women
Martha Ackelsberg - Jun 01, 2004 (first published in 1991)
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Cowards don’t make history; and the women of Mujeres Libres (Free Women) were no cowards. Courageous enough to create revolutionary change in their daily lives, Mujeres Libres mobilized over 20,000 women into an organized network to strive for community, education, and equality for women -during the Spanish Revolution. Martha Ackelsberg writes a co...
Mona Eltahawy
Jul 17, 2020
I am writing a longer piece that I will turn into a book about anarchist feminists of colour. Date to be announced. Here’s another book I reviewed and recommended      source
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Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments
Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals
Saidiya Hartman - Jan 14, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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A breathtaking exploration of the lives of young black women in the early twentieth century.In Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, Saidiya Hartman examines the revolution of black intimate life that unfolded in Philadelphia and New York at the beginning of the twentieth century. Free love, common-law and transient marriages, serial partners, coha...
Mona Eltahawy
Jul 17, 2020
When I met Saidiya Hartman in 2019, I told her I was an anarchist and thanked her for centering the anarchism of young Black women in her glorious book, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments.      source
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Suzannah Lipscomb
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Muriel Rukeyser - Sep 24, 2013
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"Not all things are blest, but the seeds of all things are blest." — Muriel Rukeyser, “Elegy in Joy”First published by New Directions in 1949, Muriel Rukeyser’s Elegies were written over a seven years period the end of the Spanish Civil War, World War II, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the beginnings of the Cold War. Both and homage to Rilke’s Duino E...
Mona Eltahawy
Jul 05, 2020
Haven’t read a book in weeks. I’ve finally started to write again. One of project is on Umm Kalthoum and poetry. Reading this makes me love Muriel Rukeyser even more than I do already. She dedicated it to Otto Bloch.I’m obsessed w/their love at the start of the Spanish Civil War      source
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Left of Karl Marx
The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones
Carole Boyce Davies - Feb 04, 2008 (first published in 2007)
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In Left of Karl Marx, Carole Boyce Davies assesses the activism, writing, and legacy of Claudia Jones (1915–1964), a pioneering Afro-Caribbean radical intellectual, dedicated communist, and feminist. Jones is buried in London’s Highgate Cemetery, to the left of Karl Marx—a location that Boyce Davies finds fitting given how Jones expanded Marxism-Le...
Mona Eltahawy
Jul 03, 2020
Get yourself this book: Left of Karl Marx - The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones by Carole Boyce Davies      source
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An Arab Melancholia/ Native Agents
Abdellah Taia - Mar 09, 2012 (first published in 2008)
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An autobiographical portrait of a gay Arab man, living between cultures, seeking an identity through love and writing.I had to rediscover who I was. And that's why I left the apartment.... And there I was, right in the heart of the Arab world, a world that never tired of making the same mistakes over and over.... I had no more leniency when it came...
Mona Eltahawy
Jun 23, 2020
@SuperlativeAdj Abdullah’s book! I always thought of it as autofiction but in any case required reading!      source
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A novel
Carolina de Robertis - Sep 03, 2019
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From the highly acclaimed, award-winning author of The Gods of Tango, a revolutionary new novel about five wildly different women who, in the midst of the Uruguayan dictatorship, find one another as lovers, friends, and ultimately, family.In 1977 Uruguay, a military government crushed political dissent with ruthless force. In this environment, wher...
Mona Eltahawy
Mar 01, 2020
CANTORAS is one of my favourite books ever! Read this book. It’s brilliant.      source
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Women Talking
Miriam Toews - Mar 03, 2020 (first published in 2018)
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National BestsellerWinner of the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize for FictionShortlisted for the Governor General's Award for FictionShortlisted for the Reading Women Award This amazing, sad, shocking, but touching novel, based on a real-life event, could be right out of The Handmaid's Tale. --Margaret Atwood, on Twitter"Scorching . . . Women...
Mona Eltahawy
Dec 21, 2019
I LOVE this book! I read it last year ❤️✊🏽💜      source
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Darcie Wilder
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The Unexpected Love Objects of Dunya Noor
A Novel (Hoopoe Fiction)
Rana Haddad - Mar 21, 2018
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Aspiring photographer Dunya Noor discovers early on that her curious spirit, rebellious nature, and very curly hair are a recipe for disaster in 1980s Syria. And at the tender age of thirteen, she is exiled to live with her grandparents in England. Many years later in London, she meets Hilal, the son of a humble tailor from Aleppo and no match for ...
Mona Eltahawy
Jul 19, 2018
I loved this book by @SyrianMoustache! Magical writing and such a beautiful story. Thank you for this novel whose characters with their glorious curly hair will stay with me @HoopoeFiction! Read this.      source