Friday, May 27, 2016

June 2016 - The Sweetness of Tears

Hi everyone!

In June we will be reading the book "The Sweetness of Tears" by Nafisi Haji. Nafisa Haji is an American of Indo-Pakistani descent. She was born and mostly raised in Los Angeles—-mostly, because there were years also spent in Chicago, Karachi, Manila, and London.

Here's a Book Summary:

From Nafisa Haji, author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Writing on My Forehead, comes The Sweetness of Tears, an emotional, deeply layered story that explores the far reaching effects of cultural prejudice, forbidden love, and hidden histories on a young woman and her family.

A paperback original from a superb writer whose first novel was enthusiastically praised by Khaled Hosseini, bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, Haji, an American of Indo-Pakistani descent, writes with grace, heart, and wisdom about the collisions of culture and religion, tradition and modernity played out through individual lives.

We will be meeting in the Marina district at Union Street Coffee Roastery on Sunday June 12 at 4pm (different time than usual) to discuss!

Monday, May 9, 2016

May 2016 - Compañeras: Zapatist Women's Stories

Hi everyone!

Excited to read a book about indigenous women in Mexico through "Compañeras: Zapatista Women's Stories" by Hilary Klein.

Here's a Book Summary:

Guerrilla insurgents. Political leaders. Promoters of health and education. Members of economic cooperatives. These are just some of the prominent, everyday roles held by women in the Zapatista autonomous region in Chiapas, where women’s participation has proved indispensable to the creation and maintenance of an alternative, democratic society.

Compañeras is the untold story of the women of the Zapatista movement, gathered by longtime community organizer Hilary Klein. The Zapatista women’s own recollections of their lives, struggles, and critical involvement bring to light the tremendous transformation of gender roles that has occurred in this culture of revolution, and are instructive for everyone committed to examining how existing grassroots alternatives to global capitalism can guide the way toward justice, equality, and democracy.

See you in Sugarlump on Sunday May 22!