Book Clubs Are LinkedIn Worthy

Featured Image: Oleg Oprisco While many of my peers spent their childhood playing outside and learning how to kick a soccer ball, much of mine was spent on a blue bean bag in the kid’s section of my local public library.  It wasn’t that I hated sports. I swam on my YMCA’s team and I…

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: A Taste of Venom

Featured Image: Murray Close, Lionsgate *Minor Spoilers Ahead* It’s 2020, and the breath of life has been resurrected. It has filled the lungs of the most successful Young Adult dystopian series along with its fans, The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. From the narrative of the original trilogy’s antagonist, Songbirds and Snakes invite us to…

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9 Quarantine Reads to Add To Your Shelf

I would classify myself to be a bookworm, but only until quarantine did I relive my 8th-grade dedication to reading. My preferred genres expand from classics to romantics to historical-fiction read from PDFs, Apple Books, and the classic cover and page. Below are some of my quarantine reads listed from earliest to latest. Le Petit…

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How this Gender Non-Conforming Artist is Saving Lives with a Book Drive

When Alok Vaid-Menon calls their new book “life-saving,” they’re not boasting.

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Between the World and Me: A book by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Featured Image: The Atlantic Have you ever felt fearful of your body growing up? Have you ever felt unsettled with your own identity? Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates talks about the apprehensive state in which he grew up in his book, Between the World and Me. He confides all his intimate concerns, worries and agitations to his…

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Noname and the Power of Radicalization Through Reading

Featured Image: Chantal Anderson Following recent events in the United States with the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks, people have been asking themselves about where society went wrong. People all around the country are advocating for a different system, one that doesn’t end with mass incarceration, over-policed neighborhoods of…

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Why Colonialism-Themed Literature Should Be Reinforced into Education Systems

Featured Artwork: Thomas Blackshear Spoilers ahead for  The Secret River by Kate Grenville . . . For my IGCSE English Literature syllabus, I was required to read a novel centered around the theme of colonialism entitled The Secret River, written by Kate Grenville. Before, I had known very little about colonisation’s true implications; I had…

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The Importance of Telling It as It Is

Featured Image: Aidan Un/The Philadelphia Inquirer Spoilers for Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay up ahead! . . . This pandemic, I’ve been revisiting a lot of my favorite books from when I was a kid. I know I’m not alone in this pursuit: I guess we’re all holding on to remnants of our…

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The Handmaid’s Tale: Living in Red

Featured Artwork: Shawna X Trigger warning: mentions of rape. . . . In 2017, Margaret Atwood’s speculative fiction novel regained popularity when the Hulu adaptation launched its series. Now sitting at 3 seasons, the story of the protagonist, Offred, and her red gown remains an icon and inspiration for the feminist movement. But, why? To…

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