It's a longstanding struggle. Some of the best books...the ones that move or influence us the most, can be the hardest to write about. This is not a new concept, and I've written about it here before, so I won't recap, but it's definitely time that I shared another batch of these books with you.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is all over the interwebs, and for very good reason. Framed as a letter to his son about being black in America, Coates's book is so wonderfully written and so affecting. Basically, I want to give it to anyone I know on Facebook who inflames me with their claims that the Confederate battle flag is a-ok and if Americans understood what it really means, we'd all be ok with it too. aaaaabullshitchoooo! This one really drove home the feeling of fear not only inherent in protecting the black body, but also the fear for one's children in a society such as ours.
Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist is a book I read in fits and starts. These essays are really great for dipping in and out of if you're in a slump, and Gay's attitude and snark, her intelligence and wit, make this one a great read. Entertaining and insightful. I love the acknowledgment that we all have hypocrisies within us, but it's reaching a level of understanding and objectivity that can help us be more understanding, sensitive individuals.
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit was one of those books I highlighted the hell out of. I even screenshotted and Instagrammed some of it. It's built around her essay, "Men Explain Things to Me," and is complemented by six other pieces that deal with violence against women, silence, and the ways in which sexist practices degrade and chip away at women. There's a lot packed in here, and this is one of those books I'll re-read in the future. It also came at a good time...when I was having to listen to a lot of mansplaining and ridiculousness in my own life.
What have you avoided reviewing because you couldn't quite come up with the words? Books too good to write about?