Thanks to Marsha for introducing me to this fun book review exchange. Can’t wait to learn about more great reads. In January, I’ve focused on non-fiction. The titles are Soul of an Octopus, Poet Warrior and It’s Not About the Burqa.
Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness (2015) by Sy Montgomery is a book about the cephalopods the author has known. She goes from thinking of them as interesting underwater creatures to considering several as friends. Montgomery finds that the octopus raise their tentacles in greeting and recognition once she visits them regularly. Fascinating observations by an excellent science writer. I would be interested in hearing more of her theories on octopus emotional expression through color changing.
Poet Warrior is United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s memoir told through poetry snd prose. Words have been her lifeboat in a stormy life. Despite the challenges of motherhood, supporting herself with her art, and living as a Native woman in US society, she has excelled as a person, a poet and a professor. Harjo’s wisdom runs deep. A must read for women writers and their friends.
My third book in January had the most controversial title; It’s Not about the Burqa, edited by Mariam Khan. This is a recent book of essays by 17 top notch Muslim women writers focusing on their own lived experience in English-speaking countries. Themes range from work, family, marriage, modesty, protest, politics, to head scarves and burqas. The comment that was a constant through the essays was that Muslim women who wear burqas or hijab are lightning rods for criticism, without people asking the women themselves what they think. The call for self-definition is a powerful one, and Muslim women like their non-Muslim counterparts deserve to decide for themselves. I learned a lot about Muslim communities in the UK and here in the USA. Recommended!
Ok, last night I realized that last Thursday was the date for the book share. Since I only discovered it this week, I’m sharing today. Next month I’ll be ready 2/17!
What are you reading this month? ¡Olé! –Rebecca