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review 2018-10-09 05:21
Review: Read & Riot- a Pussy Riot Guide to Activism

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Written as a stream of consciousness, Nadya shares her experiences and thoughts on the state of things and how we as individuals can still have our say and try to make a difference in the world.

 

It's a fast read and easy to digest, with each chapter (aka Rules) broken into three segments: Words, Deeds & Heroes.

 

Words covers various topics like Questioning the Status Quo, the Prison Industrial Complex and What Putin Has to Do with Trump.

 

Deeds encompasses things we can all do- Dadaism, If the Kids are United, Art in Action and Pussy Riot Church (a Russian church that was more like a mini-mart or a venue hall).

 

Heroes explores the figures who've influenced Nadya's life and outlook- King, the Berrigan Brothers, Bell Hooks, Emmeline Pankhurst and Aleksandra Kollontai.

 

Equally intriguing is the recommended reading list at the end of the book, which offers up some pretty good stuff to feed your head and free your mind.  If nothing else, you'll end up with a crash course on activist ideas and a view from the front lines delivered by a person who's still there.

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review 2014-11-22 02:08
William - An Englishman
William - An Englishman - Cicely Hamilton,Nicola Beauman

This Peresphone classic tells the story of William Tully, a very mild-mannered, somewhat weakling of a man.  Once his mother dies and he comes into a comfortable fortune he decides to give up work and go into politics.  As an activist he meets the lovely Griselda who is supporting the cause of suffragettes.  Convinced he's met his match they marry and plan their idealistic life together.

 

While William and Griselda are on honeymoon in rural Belgium they literally walk right into World War I.  To say this was a rude-awakening for them is an understatement.  The brutality of war is vividly eye opening for this extremely naïve couple and brings question to everything they once believed.

 

This book starts off light and airy and then leads you down a gritty path of reality.  Beautifully written yet equally heartbreaking.

 

How I acquired this book:  First book Peresphone "Book-a-month" subscription, birthday gift from my husband.

Shelf life:  One month

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