Enlightened Reading

In 2017, I set myself the goal of reading at least one book by a person of color, member of the LGBTQIA+ community, or a member of an otherwise marginalized/ endangered community under the present regime.  I further committed myself to read books that help expand my understanding of historical, philosophical, and political ideas that would help me contextualize the present.  As someone who is a "heavy duty" reader and book buyer, I think it is important that my reading and book-buying reflect my personal values; I am in the unique position of being able to use my consumerism to make an important point.  I intend to do just that.

Here are the books that I have read towards this project:

January 2017

March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

February 2017

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

March 2017

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings 
I Am Not Your Negro: A Companion Edition to the Documentary Film Directed by Raoul Peck by
     James Baldwin
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins

April 2017

None. Sorry! 😪

May 2017

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave (The Autobiographies #1) by
     Frederick Douglass

June 2017

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir by Carrie Brownstein

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