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Rafia Zakaria is an attorney and author of The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan; and Veil. She is a columnist for Dawn in Pakistan and writes regularly for Guardian Books, The Nation, The New Republic, The Baffler, Boston Review and various other places.
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The Eye of the Beholder
Margie Orford - 2022-07-07
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When danger lies in the eye of the beholder, what happens when you reject its pull?Cora carries secrets her daughter can't know. Freya is frightened by what her mother leaves unsaid. Angel will only bury the past if it means putting her abusers into the ground.One act of violence sets three women on a collision course, each desperate to find the tr...
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This will be great!!! It is a fantastic book!!!      source
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Giving Up the Ghost
A Memoir (John MacRae Books)
Hilary Mantel - 2004-09-01 (first published in 2003)
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In postwar rural England, Hilary Mantel grew up convinced that the most improbable of accomplishments, including "chivalry, horsemanship, and swordplay," were within her grasp. Once married, however, she acquired a persistent pain that led to destructive drugs and patronizing psychiatry, ending in an ineffective but irrevocable surgery. There would...
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@MargieOrford I know I am so awfully sad about it. Her book Giving up the Ghost is what inspired me to start writing about personal things.      source
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Lena Dunham
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If Nietzsche Were a Narwhal
What Animal Intelligence Reveals About Human Stupidity
Justin Gregg - 2022-08-09
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“A dazzling, delightful read on what animal cognition can teach us about our own mental shortcomings.” - Adam GrantThis funny, "extraordinary and thought-provoking" (The Wall Street Journal) book asks whether we are in fact the superior species. As it turns out, the truth is stranger—and far more interesting—than we have been led to believe.If Niet...
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@justindgregg @mexiwriter @thebafflermag @JackNorrisRD I’m just so very delighted. This book really opened my mind and I envy you your knowledge of animal behavior and it’s meanings… I feel like you see the world so much more deeply.      source
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Stealing My Religion
Not Just Any Cultural Appropriation
Liz Bucar - 2022-09-13
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From sneaker ads and the "solidarity hijab" to yoga classes and secular hikes along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, the essential guide to the murky ethics of religious appropriation.We think we know cultural appropriation when we see it. Blackface or Native American headdresses as Halloween costumes--these clearly give offense. But what a...
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This is an excellent book and very pertinent to the issue of orientalism, appropriation! Thank you @BucarLiz for your inspiring work.      source
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They Were Her Property
Stephanie E Jones-Rogers - 2020-01-07
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A bold and searing investigation into the role of white women in the American slave economy Bridging women’s history, the history of the South, and African American history, this book makes a bold argument about the role of white women in American slavery. Historian Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers draws on a variety of sources to show that slave-owning w...
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@jenniferdeseo @sejr_historian Oh goodness that book “they were her property” is a masterpiece.      source
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Alexis Isabel
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Love Lockdown
Dating, Sex, and Marriage in America's Prisons
Elizabeth Greenwood - 2021-07-13
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What is it like to fall in love with someone in prison?Over the course of five years, Elizabeth Greenwood followed the ups and downs of five couples who met during incarceration. In Love Lockdown, she pulls back the curtain on the lives of the husbands and wives supporting some of the 2.3 million people in prisons around the United States. In the v...
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This is SUCH an interesting book... for its humanizing and empathetic exposition of what life is like for people who love a person who is incarcerated! Join us tomorrow to learn more [email protected]      source
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Lena Dunham
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The Doctors Blackwell
How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine
Janice P. Nimura - 2021-01-19
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Elizabeth Blackwell believed from an early age that she was destined for a mission beyond the scope of "ordinary" womanhood. Though the world at first recoiled at the notion of a woman studying medicine, her intelligence and intensity ultimately won her the acceptance of the male medical establishment. In 1849, she became the first woman in America...
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Highly recommend this book! What a riveting story and so well-told. If you want to read about strong women who are pioneers this is THE book for you @wwnorton @WWNortonLibrary      source
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The Brutish Museums
The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution
Dan Hicks - 2020-11-05
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Walk into any European museum today and you will see the curated spoils of Empire. They sit behind plate glass: dignified, tastefully lit. Accompanying pieces of card offer a name, date and place of origin. They do not mention that the objects are all stolen.Few artefacts embody this history of rapacious and extractive colonialism better than the B...
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Cannot emphasize this enough. One of the best non-fiction books this year. @profdanhicks      source
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Indian Sex Life
Sexuality and the Colonial Origins of Modern Social Thought
Durba Mitra - 2020-01-07
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How British authorities and Indian intellectuals developed ideas about deviant female sexuality to control and organize modern society in IndiaDuring the colonial period in India, European scholars, British officials, and elite Indian intellectuals--philologists, administrators, doctors, ethnologists, sociologists, and social critics--deployed idea...
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I have to say @durbakatha “Indian Sex Lives: The Colonial Origins of Social Thought” is the best book I’ve read this year.      source
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The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan
Ruby Lal - 2018-07-03
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Four centuries ago, a Muslim woman ruled an empire.When it came to hunting, she was a master shot. As a dress designer, few could compare. An ingenious architect, she innovated the use of marble in her parents’ mausoleum on the banks of the Yamuna River that inspired her stepson’s Taj Mahal. And she was both celebrated and reviled for her political...
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For those who may like to read a historically thorough account of life in Mughal palaces I highly recommend this book by scholar Ruby Lal the best I read in 2018)      source
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Dawn Tripp - 2017-01-17