Hello friends, followers, and general bloggers! Hope you all are well and enjoying your thanksgiving break, because I sure as hell am!! It’s important to recognize that the roots and implications of Thanksgiving and Black Friday are incredibly problematic and perpetuate a culture that continues to disregard the Native American people and depend on mass consumption and waste. But even while being consciously aware of that, food and books are my weakness– and this weekend I got both in excess.
So fuck Christopher Columbus, fuck the colonizers, fuck the XXL Keystone Pipeline, fuck the government who’s trying to pass a tax plan that will continue to reward the richest in our society at the expense of the poor, fuck all the bullshit– and let us take a small moment to focus little things to be grateful for in this world. AKA for me: stuffing, apple pie, and my book haul this season!
So without further ado, here’s a small update on my bookshelf since the summer.
Books that I got for my English 1PA tutoring job where the professor decided to center her entire class around food and veganism (And on that note, just guess how many papers I had to help with this quarter about factory farming…. A hint? Too many.)
- Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
Books that I got at the Graduate Student Association fundraiser on campus where grad students were selling books related to their fields of study for less than $4 and I went wild in the Labor Studies section:
- The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David K. Shipler
- Are Worker’s Rights Human Rights? by Richard Paul McIntyre
- Breaks in the Chain: What Immigrant Workers Can Teach America About Democracy by Paul Apostolidis
- Archæology as Political Action (California Series in Public Anthropology) by
Books on craft for my first upper division fiction class which I’ve actually been quite enjoying and have felt very inspired by! (Even though it’s 18 pages of work a week, and this week we have to write a 5-8 page paper on this craft book along with that, and I’m stressed but who cares!):
- Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy
And lastly, books that I decided to #TreatMySelf to in honor of Black Friday, even though I’ve done nothing notable to deserve this kind of splurge:
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays by Scaachi Koul
Young Jane Young: A Novel by Gabrielle Zevin
Political Fictions by Joan Didion
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows: A Novel by Balli Kaur Jaswal
Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid
The Animators: A Novel by Kayla Rae Whitaker
BIGLAW: A Novel by Lindsay Cameron
And that’s everything! Soon I’m going to need to add a new bookshelf to this list simply because the one I’ve had for 10 years can’t hold everything anymore! Let me know if you’ve read any of these, or if you have any recommendations that I should look out for (Black Friday and Cyber Monday are still young, you know…)!
Anyways, as always, thanks for stopping by!