What I Read: May ’17

The Master Switch by Tim Wu: This dense tome covers over a century of technological progress, identifying the cycle of openness – closed systems that are a byproduct our capitalist society. “With all our media now traveling a single network, an unprecedented potential is building for centralized control over what Americans see and hear. Could the Internet—the entire flow of American information—come to be ruled by one corporate leviathan in possession of “the master switch”?” I certainly learned a lot and enjoyed stretching myself with this masterful resource.

*I Have the Right to Destroy Myself by Young-Ha Kim: This novel is fairly short and was something I selected for Read Harder ‘Read a book set 5000 miles away from your location’ and I really did enjoy it. It was not exactly my style, more of a thriller, but it enjoyed reading it would love to check out other books by Kim.

Positivity: Top Notch Research Reveals the Upward Spiral That Will Change Your Life by Barbara Fredrickson: This book was in the ‘parenting’ section at our local library; where they display books for adults in the middle of the kids section and I grabbed it on a whim. I found parts of it to be erudite but there were loads of tips in allowing room for positivity to breath and to better weather bumps life throws you.

*Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines edited by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens, Mai’a Williams: This anthology was gripping, challenging and convicting. These stories are so important – worth a read (although probably worth skipping if you’re TTC, some graphic descriptions of birth and breastfeeding). 

*Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country by Louise Erdrich: I love her writing some much and this shorter memoir was highly enjoyable. Her way of describing the Lake of the Woods is breathtaking and enchanting. A must read.

*Black Boy by Richard Wright: This was a hard sit and my selection for a book published before 1945 and a frequently challenged / banned book in my country. I can see why it’s been banned – Wright paints a vibrant image of life of Black Americans during the nineteen teens and twenties. While filled with several hard moments to read, it is a real version of this American life and is part of our national narrative.

*The Agüero Sisters by Christina Garcia: I zoomed through this book in the car and while I loved Dreaming in Cuban, I didn’t connect with either of the main characters.

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