Our June Picks: milk and honey + Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth

For the month of June, we are reading not one, but two books: Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth by Warsan Shire and milk and honey by Rupi Kaur. Both are poetry collections that touch on the traumas of love, loss, and family. The poems are raw and intimate; they provide readers a glimpse into the hardships that women often have no choice but to face.

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Our May Pick: Whipping Girl by Julia Serano

For the month of May, we are reading Whipping Girl by Julia Serano, a writer, poet, performance artist, activist, and biologist. From 2003 to 2012, she was a research specialist at the University of California Berkeley. Whipping Girl is a collection of essays detailing "Serano's own experiences as a trans dyke in the first decade of the new millennium," many involving trans-misogyny, a term she coined to describe what happens when transphobia and misogyny meet. Serano writes, "When a trans person is ridiculed or dismissed not merely for failing to live up to gender norms, but for their expression of femaleness or femininity, they become the victim of of a specific form of discrimination: trans-misogny."

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Our April Pick: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Our pick for April is The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. The book won the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award in 1985 and has sold over five million copies to date. Cisneros is a Chicago-born writer who is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico. She has received numerous literary and cultural honours and grants, including the American Book Award. 

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Our March Pick: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

From Goodreads:

Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips.

Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming--both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.

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