Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.



The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls by Mona Eltahawy

The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls is an exciting manifesto to advance women's freedom worldwide. Mona Eltahawy enumerates seven qualities necessary to their liberation, qualities considered the provenance of men and discouraged in women. That's why she calls... Continue Reading →

You Throw Like a Girl by Don McPherson

You Throw Like a Girl is a book about masculinity and its blind spots. The central argument is that we don't raise boys to be men, we raise them not to be women (or gay) and in so doing we... Continue Reading →

Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone by Astra Taylor

Democracy May Not Exist, but We'll Miss It When It's Gone is one of those books you might want to get in its physical form so you can shove it full of bookmarks, highlight sentences, write notes, stick little sticky... Continue Reading →

I Am a Feminist by Monique Polak

I Am a Feminist is a light overview of the many ways feminism is still needed. It is geared toward teens and is written in clear, simple language with lots of illustrations and photos. It has seven sections beginning with... Continue Reading →

The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla & Chimene Suleyman

The Good Immigrant is a collection of twenty-six essays by first and second-generation immigrants about what it is like living and producing their art in a country torn apart by racism and xenophobia. It is a collection of essays by... Continue Reading →

All Our Trials by Emily L. Thuma

All Our Trials is a history of how the women's anti-violence, anti-racism, feminism, and prison abolition came together in recognition of how these struggles are interdependent. Examples abound of women who have been sentenced to prison for defending themselves from... Continue Reading →

Appalachian Reckoning ed. by Anthony Harkins and Meredith McCarroll

When Hillbilly Elegy came out, it landed like a thunderclap, perhaps because it was released during the 2016 election and was perceived as an explanation of the inexplicable popularity of Donald Trump. I put it on hold at the library, but... Continue Reading →

The Bold World by Jodie Patterson

The Bold World is described as a memoir about raising a trans child, but it is far more than that. Author Jodie Patterson's youth, education, and early years didn't happen as a prelude to parenting her child, that is not how... Continue Reading →

Call Them by Their True Names by Rebecca Solnit

Call Them by Their True Names is a recent collection of post-2016 essays by Rebecca Solnit. Solnit is one of those people who can distill complex events to their essentials and make sense of them. There are eighteen essays organized into... Continue Reading →

How Fascism Works by Jason Stanley

How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us vs. Them has the perfect title. There are many books about increasing authoritarianism and ethnonationalism around the world. We see this happening in Russia, Poland, Turkey, Hungary, the Phillippines, India, Brazil, and here in... Continue Reading →

Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly

Rage Becomes Her is at once the worst and best book to have started in the midst of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation. I was already enraged and this book has so much more to make me angry, but it also puts... Continue Reading →

The Embattled Vote in America by Allan J. Lichtman

With the American democratic experiment at a precarious moment, Allan J. Lichtman's The Embattled Vote in America From the Founding to the Present is a timely and important book. Neither Hillary nor Trump received as many votes as Nobody, the choice of... Continue Reading →

Vox by Christina Dalcher

Some of my favorite science fiction starts where we are and asks what if a current trend continued to its extreme. In Vox, Christina Dalcher imagines the growing influence of evangelical extremists overwhelming our liberal democracy and ushering in a theocratic... Continue Reading →

The Making of Jane Austen by Devoney Looser

Nearly everyone loves Jane Austen. People have favorites and can get quite heated over whether "Emma" or "Mansfield Park" or "Pride and Prejudice" are the best or who wrote the best completion of Sanditon or how anyone would dare, but... Continue Reading →

Algorithms of Oppression by Safiya Umoja Noble

Most conversations about racism in America focus on individual acts and people. Was LuAnn wearing blackface as Diana Ross racist? When white people use the n-word ironically is it racist? Is Steve King of Iowa racist? (Yes, yes, and yes.)... Continue Reading →

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