Book Corner: “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”

Title: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Author(s): Marie Kondo
Pages: 224
Year: 2014
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I will admit that I still have not finished watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix, although I do watch some every now and then. To be honest, I really enjoyed Marie Kondo’s explanations, as well as her rapport with her translator, but (no offense!) I wasn’t terribly interested the life stories of the people she was helping out. So, I decided to pick up her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and give it a read. Continue reading

Book Corner: “Korea: The Impossible Country”

Title: Korea: The Impossible Country
Author(s): Daniel Tudor
Pages: 336
Year: 2012
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It’s harder than one might think to find an English-language history book about Korea that (a) goes into reasonable depth about the topics discussed, (b) is not an academic work, and (c) is not ideologically skewed. Many readings of modern Korean history are either very pro-U.S., bolster a right-wing nationalist interpretation of events, or, commonly, both. For those in search of a fair-minded, nuanced modern history of South Korea aimed at a general audience, I would highly suggest Korea: The Impossible Country. Continue reading

Book Corner: “Sex Object: A Memoir”

Title: Sex Object: A Memoir
Author(s): Jessica Valenti
Pages: 224
Year: 2016
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Having reviewed ‘He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut’ and Why Have Kids?, I promised to review feminist author Jessica Valenti’s memoir. And, here we are! The title received some backlash after its initial publication, although I cannot quite understand why. Although provocative, many women are pulled into feminism after being on the receiving end of sexism that reduces them to sex objects. In my view, the criticism of the title demonstrates that people still don’t understand that fact. Continue reading

Book Corner: “Why Have Kids?”

Title: Why Have Kids?: A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness
Author(s): Jessica Valenti
Pages: 246
Year: 2012
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I reviewed another Jessica Valenti book awhile back, and I am currently reading her memoir. She was one of the first feminist authors I came across, and I think she does a wonderful job of presenting complex ideas in an easy-to-understand but convincing manner. In Why Have Kids?, Valenti takes on one of the most pervasive cultural norms in modern society: the compulsion that many feel to have children. The book ends up being an astute, well-researched piece that stands against what manner consider to be “tradition.” Continue reading

Book Corner: “A Colony in a Nation”

Title: A Colony in a Nation
Author(s): Chris L. Hayes
Pages: 256
Year: 2017
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Chris Hayes has long been one of my favorite journalists, Twitter personalities, and political pundits. His first book, Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy, was outstanding, and I was incredibly excited to sink my teeth into A Colony in a Nation. It did not disappoint. I will definitely be suggesting this for a book club next time it is my turn to choose the group’s assigned book. Continue reading

Book Corner: “A Brief History of Time”

Title: A Brief History of Time
Author(s): Stephen Hawking
Pages: 240
Year: 1988
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When Stephen Hawking died in early 2018, it was a truly tragic event. He not only was an brazen intellectual, but also was a symbol of resilience against the terminal disease ALS. A little after the fact, a friend in my book club recommended that we actually read his book. Not being too into science in school, I had my doubts; however after completing the book, I’m glad that I finished it. Continue reading

Book Corner: “The Resistance Handbook”

Title: The Resistance Handbook: 45 Ways to Fight Trump
Author(s): Markos Moulitsas & Huttner Michael
Pages: 216
Year: 2017
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As I was a fan of Markos Moulitsas’ past two books–Rules for Radicals in the Digital Age and American Taliban–I made sure to check this book out. The book is split into 45 chapters, an homage to Donald Trump being the forty-fifth president of the United States.  For all intents and purposes, this book is a primer for Trump-angered folks first dipping their feet into political activism. Continue reading