Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth

Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth
Author: Warsan Shire
Publsiher: Lightning Source Incorporated
Total Pages: 34
Release: 2011-12-01
ISBN 10: 9781905233298
ISBN 13: 1905233299
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth Book Review:

"Literary pointillism on a funked-out canvas."

Born a Crime

Born a Crime
Author: Trevor Noah
Publsiher: One World
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2016-11-15
ISBN 10: 0399588183
ISBN 13: 9780399588181
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Born a Crime Book Review:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed NAMED ONE OF PASTE’S BEST MEMOIRS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, New York Times • USA Today • San Francisco Chronicle • NPR • Esquire • Newsday • Booklist Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle. Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love. Praise for Born a Crime “Compelling . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, [Trevor Noah’s] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid. . . . Born a Crime is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author’s remarkable mother.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

The N Word

The N Word
Author: Jabari Asim
Publsiher: HMH
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2008-08-04
ISBN 10: 0547524943
ISBN 13: 9780547524948
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The N Word Book Review:

A renowned cultural critic untangles the twisted history and future of racism through its most volatile word. The N Word reveals how the term “nigger” has both reflected and spread the scourge of bigotry in America over the four hundred years since it was first spoken on our shores. Jabari Asim pinpoints Thomas Jefferson as the source of our enduring image of the “nigger.” In a seminal but now obscure essay, Jefferson marshaled a welter of pseudoscience to define the stereotype of a shiftless child-man with huge appetites and stunted self-control. Asim reveals how nineteenth-century “science” then colluded with popular culture to amplify this slander. What began as false generalizations became institutionalized in every corner of our society: the arts and sciences, sports, the law, and on the streets. Asim’s conclusion is as original as his premise. He argues that even when uttered with the opposite intent by hipsters and hip-hop icons, the slur helps keep blacks at the bottom of America’s socioeconomic ladder. But Asim also proves there is a place for the word in the mouths and on the pens of those who truly understand its twisted history—from Mark Twain to Dave Chappelle to Mos Def. Only when we know its legacy can we loosen this slur’s grip on our national psyche.

Preparing My Daughter for Rain

Preparing My Daughter for Rain
Author: Key Ballah
Publsiher: CreateSpace
Total Pages: 98
Release: 2014-08-24
ISBN 10: 9781500233433
ISBN 13: 1500233439
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Preparing My Daughter for Rain Book Review:

A book of lessons dedicated to our daughters and future daughters, on how to survive.

My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter

My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter
Author: Aja Monet
Publsiher: Haymarket Books
Total Pages: 148
Release: 2017-05-01
ISBN 10: 1608467686
ISBN 13: 9781608467686
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter Book Review:

I am 27 and have never killed a man but I know the face of death as if heirloom my country memorizes murder as lullaby —from “For Fahd” Textured with the sights and sounds of growing up in East New York in the nineties, to school on the South Side of Chicago, all the way to the olive groves of Palestine, My Mother Is a Freedom Fighter is Aja Monet’s ode to mothers, daughters, and sisters—the tiny gods who fight to change the world. Complemented by striking cover art from Carrie Mae Weems, these stunning poems tackle racism, sexism, genocide, displacement, heartbreak, and grief, but also love, motherhood, spirituality, and Black joy. Praise for Aja Monet: ““[Monet] is the true definition of an artist.” —Harry Belafonte ““In Paris, she walked out onto the stage, opened her mouth and spoke. At the first utterance I heard that rare something that said this is special and knew immediately that Aja Monet was one of the Ones who will mark the sound of the ages. She brings depth of voice to the voiceless, and through her we sing a powerful song.” —Carrie Mae Weems Of Cuban-Jamaican descent, Aja Monet is an internationally established poet, performer, singer, songwriter, educator, and human rights advocate. Monet is also the youngest person to win the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title.

Her Blue Body

Her Blue Body
Author: Warsan Shire
Publsiher: Flipped Eye Publishing Limited
Total Pages: 34
Release: 2015-11-19
ISBN 10: 9781905233489
ISBN 13: 1905233485
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Her Blue Body Book Review:

Through her role as London's first Young Poet Laureate, Warsan Shire turned her eye to the city, interrogating the capital and its continuing transformation, even while lending voice to its oft unheard or under-represented communities and spaces. Collecting work authored during Shire's tenure, 'Her Blue Body' stands as testament and witness, negotiating the complexities of heritage, cultural sensitivity, sensuality, trauma and womanhood, framed and ordered by a sequence of memorial poems, focused through the lens of Shire's intimate and unflinching vision.

Questions for Ada

Questions for Ada
Author: Ijeoma Umebinyuo
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2015-08-07
ISBN 10: 9781505984347
ISBN 13: 1505984343
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Questions for Ada Book Review:

The artistry of QUESTIONS FOR ADA defies words, embodying the pain, the passion, and the power of love rising from the depths of our souls. Ijeoma Umebinyuo's poetry is a flower that will blossom in the spirit of every reader as she shares her heart with raw candor. From lyrical lushness to smoky sensuality to raw truths, this tome of transforming verse is the book every woman wants to write but can't until the broken mirrors of their lives have healed. In this gifted author's own words-"I am too full of life to be half-loved." A bold celebration of womanhood.

The Odyssey

The Odyssey
Author: Homer
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2003-01-30
ISBN 10: 0141965509
ISBN 13: 9780141965505
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Odyssey Book Review:

'The Odyssey is a poem of extraordinary pleasures: it is a salt-caked, storm-tossed, wine-dark treasury of tales, of many twists and turns, like life itself' Guardian The epic tale of Odysseus and his ten-year journey home after the Trojan War forms one of the earliest and greatest works of Western literature. Confronted by natural and supernatural threats - ship-wrecks, battles, monsters and the implacable enmity of the sea-god Poseidon - Odysseus must use his bravery and cunning to reach his homeland and overcome the obstacles that, even there, await him. E. V. Rieu's translation of The Odyssey was the very first Penguin Classic to be published, and has itself achieved classic status. Translated by E. V. RIEU Revised translation by D. C. H. RIEU With an Introduction by PETER JONES

Bone

Bone
Author: Yrsa Daley-Ward
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 141
Release: 2017
ISBN 10: 014313261X
ISBN 13: 9780143132615
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bone Book Review:

From navigating the oft competing worlds of religion and desire, to balancing society's expectations with the raw experience of being a woman in the world; from detailing the experiences of growing up as a first generation black British woman, to working through situations of dependence and abuse; from finding solace in the echoing caverns of depression and loss, to exploring the vulnerability and redemption in falling in love, each of the raw and immediate poems in Daley-Ward's bone resonate to the core of what it means to be human.

Who Wants To Buy an Expanded Edition of a Book of Poems

Who Wants To Buy an Expanded Edition of a Book of Poems
Author: Gwee Li Sui
Publsiher: Landmark Books Pte Ltd
Total Pages: 136
Release: 2015
ISBN 10: 9814189626
ISBN 13: 9789814189620
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Who Wants To Buy an Expanded Edition of a Book of Poems Book Review:

It feels unkind to reveal a long-held secret of Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems? published in 1988 – the published form, known and loved for years, is quite unlike the poet’s original manuscript. In 1998, when Landmark Books sought to introduce Gwee Li Sui, it reckoned that a slim, focused volume could showcase his distinct voice better. That decision had led to the manuscript being halved and its shape changed subtly. Also, Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems? was a very naughty book and, given the sensitivity of the times, a gentler text was published. The current book sees a couple of those changes reversed only because more readers today are able to bring the right frame of mind to their reading. While reading this unexpurgated edition, you may get a pricking sense of the poet being an excitable madman. What manner of madness he suffered remains unclear. With nothing left but silly speculations, do enjoy this recovered text or to correct your enjoyment of an old book you thought you knew.

The Fifth Child

The Fifth Child
Author: Doris Lessing
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2010-11-17
ISBN 10: 0307777642
ISBN 13: 9780307777645
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Fifth Child Book Review:

Doris Lessing's contemporary gothic horror story—centered on the birth of a baby who seems less than human—probes society's unwillingness to recognize its own brutality.Harriet and David Lovatt, parents of four children, have created an idyll of domestic bliss in defiance of the social trends of late 1960s England. While around them crime and unrest surge, the Lovatts are certain that their old-fashioned contentment can protect them from the world outside—until the birth of their fifth baby. Gruesomely goblin-like in appearance, insatiably hungry, abnormally strong and violent, Ben has nothing innocent or infant-like about him. As he grows older and more terrifying, Harriet finds she cannot love him, David cannot bring himself to touch him, and their four older children are afraid of him. Understanding that he will never be accepted anywhere, Harriet and David are torn between their instincts as parents and their shocked reaction to this fierce and unlovable child whose existence shatters their belief in a benign world.

Wild Game

Wild Game
Author: Adrienne Brodeur
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2019-10-15
ISBN 10: 132851904X
ISBN 13: 9781328519047
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Wild Game Book Review:

A NATIONAL BESTSELLER “Exquisite and harrowing.” —New York Times Book Review “This electrifying, gorgeously written memoir will hold you captive until the last word.” —People NAMED A BEST FALL BOOK BY People * Refinery29 * Entertainment Weekly * BuzzFeed * NPR’s On Point * Town & Country * Real Simple * New York Post * Palm Beach Post * Toronto Star * Orange Country Register * Bustle * Bookish * BookPage * Kirkus* BBC Culture* Debutiful A daughter’s tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity. On a hot July night on Cape Cod when Adrienne was fourteen, her mother, Malabar, woke her at midnight with five simple words that would set the course of both of their lives for years to come: Ben Souther just kissed me. Adrienne instantly became her mother’s confidante and helpmate, blossoming in the sudden light of her attention, and from then on, Malabar came to rely on her daughter to help orchestrate what would become an epic affair with her husband’s closest friend. The affair would have calamitous consequences for everyone involved, impacting Adrienne’s life in profound ways, driving her into a precarious marriage of her own, and then into a deep depression. Only years later will she find the strength to embrace her life—and her mother—on her own terms. Wild Game is a brilliant, timeless memoir about how the people close to us can break our hearts simply because they have access to them, and the lies we tell in order to justify the choices we make. It’s a remarkable story of resilience, a reminder that we need not be the parents our parents were to us.

The Three Mothers

The Three Mothers
Author: Anna Malaika Tubbs
Publsiher: Flatiron Books
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2021-02-02
ISBN 10: 1250756111
ISBN 13: 9781250756114
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Three Mothers Book Review:

Much has been written about Berdis Baldwin's son James, about Alberta King's son Martin Luther, and Louise Little's son Malcolm. But virtually nothing has been said about the extraordinary women who raised them. In her groundbreaking and essential debut The Three Mothers, scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and shaped some of America's most pivotal heroes. One of Fortune Magazine's 21 Books to Look Foward to in 2021 Badass Women's Bookclub pick for "Badass Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2021!" Berdis Baldwin, Alberta King, and Louise Little were all born at the beginning of the 20th century and forced to contend with the prejudices of Jim Crow as Black women. These three extraordinary women passed their knowledge to their children with the hope of helping them to survive in a society that would deny their humanity from the very beginning—from Louise teaching her children about their activist roots, to Berdis encouraging James to express himself through writing, to Alberta basing all of her lessons in faith and social justice. These women used their strength and motherhood to push their children toward greatness, all with a conviction that every human being deserves dignity and respect despite the rampant discrimination they faced. These three mothers taught resistance and a fundamental belief in the worth of Black people to their sons, even when these beliefs flew in the face of America’s racist practices and led to ramifications for all three families’ safety. The fight for equal justice and dignity came above all else for the three mothers. These women, their similarities and differences, as individuals and as mothers, represent a piece of history left untold and a celebration of Black motherhood long overdue.

Dear Jenny We are All Find

Dear Jenny  We are All Find
Author: Jenny Zhang
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 103
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 9780985118204
ISBN 13: 0985118202
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dear Jenny We are All Find Book Review:

Poetry. Asian American Studies. "Jenny Zhang's poems broadcast themselves with a surrealist anxiety. 'Can't I be my own dream?' she asks. The answer is always yes and always no. With dizzying energy and intelligence, Zhang forages through familial, global, and even anatomical configurations vainly outlining an identity that manifests only to shift and move restlessly on. This book brings to mind a 21st century Whitman, only female, Chinese, and profoundly scatological."—Elizabeth Robinson

Parable of the Sower

Parable of the Sower
Author: Octavia E. Butler
Publsiher: Open Road Media
Total Pages: 299
Release: 2012-07-24
ISBN 10: 1453263616
ISBN 13: 9781453263617
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Parable of the Sower Book Review:

A New York Times Notable Book: In 2025, with the world descending into madness and anarchy, one woman begins a fateful journey toward a better future. “A stunner.” —Flea, musician and actor, TheWall Street Journal Lauren Olamina and her family live in one of the only safe neighborhoods remaining on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Behind the walls of their defended enclave, Lauren’s father, a preacher, and a handful of other citizens try to salvage what remains of a culture that has been destroyed by drugs, disease, war, and chronic water shortages. While her father tries to lead people on the righteous path, Lauren struggles with hyperempathy, a condition that makes her extraordinarily sensitive to the pain of others. When fire destroys their compound, Lauren’s family is killed and she is forced out into a world that is fraught with danger. With a handful of other refugees, Lauren must make her way north to safety, along the way conceiving a revolutionary idea that may mean salvation for all mankind. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author’s estate.

The Portrait of a Lady

The Portrait of a Lady
Author: Khushwant Singh
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 484
Release: 2009-02-20
ISBN 10: 8184759045
ISBN 13: 9788184759044
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Portrait of a Lady Book Review:

‘A Khushwant Singh short story is not flamboyant but modest, restrained, well-crafted...Perhaps his greatest gift as a writer is a wonderful particularity of description’—London Magazine Khushwant Singh first established his reputation as a writer through the short story. His stories—wry, poignant, erotic and, above all, human—bear testimony to Khushwant Singh’s remarkable range and his ability to create an unforgettable PBI - World. Spanning over half a century, this volume contains all the short stories Khushwant Singh has ever written, including the delightfully tongue-in-cheek ‘The Maharani of Chootiapuram’, written in 2008. ‘Khushwant’s stories enthrall...[He has]an ability akin to that of Somerset Maugham...the ability to entertain intelligently’—PBI - India Today ‘His stories are better than [those of] any PBI - Indian writing in English—Times of PBI - India ‘The Collected Short Stories leaves the reader in a delightful, inebriated trance’—Sunday Chronicle ‘He is not an ordinary short story writer...[Collected Stories] is delightful reading’—Hindustan Times

Convenience Store Woman

Convenience Store Woman
Author: Sayaka Murata
Publsiher: Grove Press
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2018-06-12
ISBN 10: 080216580X
ISBN 13: 9780802165800
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Convenience Store Woman Book Review:

The English-language debut of one of Japan’s most talented contemporary writers, selling over 650,000 copies there, Convenience Store Woman is the heartwarming and surprising story of thirty-six-year-old Tokyo resident Keiko Furukura. Keiko has never fit in, neither in her family, nor in school, but when at the age of eighteen she begins working at the Hiiromachi branch of “Smile Mart,” she finds peace and purpose in her life. In the store, unlike anywhere else, she understands the rules of social interaction—many are laid out line by line in the store’s manual—and she does her best to copy the dress, mannerisms, and speech of her colleagues, playing the part of a “normal” person excellently, more or less. Managers come and go, but Keiko stays at the store for eighteen years. It’s almost hard to tell where the store ends and she begins. Keiko is very happy, but the people close to her, from her family to her coworkers, increasingly pressure her to find a husband, and to start a proper career, prompting her to take desperate action... A brilliant depiction of an unusual psyche and a world hidden from view, Convenience Store Woman is an ironic and sharp-eyed look at contemporary work culture and the pressures to conform, as well as a charming and completely fresh portrait of an unforgettable heroine.

The Mouthmark Book of Poetry

The Mouthmark Book of Poetry
Author: Nick Makoha,Warsan Shire
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 342
Release: 2017-07-27
ISBN 10: 9781905233496
ISBN 13: 1905233493
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mouthmark Book of Poetry Book Review:

'The mouthmark Book of Poetry' is an anthology of the individual-author titles published under the mouthmark poetry pamphlet series, comprising the work of Nick Makoha, Inua Ellams, Jacob Sam-La Rose, Jessica Horn, Truth Thomas, Denise Saul, Malika Booker, Janett Plummer and Warsan Shire. The series was conceived by flipped eye publishing's senior editor, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, as a means to get poets from non-mainstream backgrounds - including performance - into print. It was revolutionary for two reasons; first, it was a pamphlet series developed with a specific aim (later, tall-lighthouse would launch its pilot series, and, much later, Faber would launch its New Poets Initiative); second, it was a finite series - to end after ten pamphlets. After some success with the first two pamphlets in the series, Nick Makoha's 'The Lost Collection of an Invisible Man' (2005) and Inua Ellams' '13 Fairy Negro Tales' (2005), the Arts Council of England provided funding for the next four. It took six years for the series to be completed, but its impact far exceeded expectations. Authors such as Inua Ellams, Jacob Sam-La Rose (later editor of the last pamphlet in the series), Malika Booker, Nick Makoha and Warsan Shire, have risen to international prominence; three of the pamphlets were cited by the Poetry Book Society pamphlet selectors for their quality; two of the poets feature in the new Penguin Modern Poets series; and Truth Thomas's from his pamphlet 'Party of Black' (2006) was chosen for Nikki Giovanni's 'The 100 Best African American Poems' (Sourcebooks, 2010). Crucially, the series has retailed admirably as well, with over 50,000 copies sold at events - and through conventional retail channels. Initially released exactly four years ago as a hardback that retained hallmarks of the iconic mouthmark series, such as the distinctive brown paper-look cover with bold black designs, this low-priced paperback edition seeks to introduce more readers to the work of the nine brilliant poets published under the series.

Black Writers Matter

Black Writers Matter
Author: Whitney French
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2019-02-02
ISBN 10: 9780889776388
ISBN 13: 0889776385
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Black Writers Matter Book Review:

A collection of narratives on writing, resilience, discrimination, and joy.

Hypnobirthing

Hypnobirthing
Author: Marie F. Mongan
Publsiher: Souvenir Press Ltd
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 9780285637719
ISBN 13: 0285637711
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hypnobirthing Book Review:

The most remarkable natural childbirth technique to have been developed in decades. Marie Mongan takes the pregnant woman through the techniques and philosophy of a new form of gentle birthing. Drawing on self-hypnosis, guided imagery and special breathing techniques the Hypnobirthing Method can bring about a shorter, easier, more enjoyable birth, free of the drugs that can harm the mother and the baby. It also allows the mother to fully control her own birthing experience as the mother remains awake, aware and alert.