Queer: A Graphic History, is a book by cartoonist Julia Scheele and Activist-Academic Meg-John Barker. It is both complex and simple, informative and questioning, funny and deep. It even manages to make those like theorists Michel Foucault and Judith Butler easy to understand if you’ve struggled in the past to get by their terminology!
Our most recent Book Picnic took place on Friday 20th and as usual was filled with exciting new recommendations.
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give tells the story of Starr, who witnesses her innocent best friend Khalil being shot wrongfully by police in her home of the “ghetto” of Garden Heights, and how she struggles to find her identity between her home and the suburban high school she attends. It describes how she handles her grief and how she deals with the legal enquiry to his death as the only witness to the incident.
Go your Crohn Way is, in the Scottish author Kathleen Nicholls words, a gutsy guide to living with Crohns disease and aims to ease those diagnosed with, or expected to be diagnosed with, crohns into dealing with the reality of the condition. It is not a self help guide but assures those reading that yes…Crohns […]
Book review – “Being Emily” by Rachel Gold (Bella Books 2012) – available from Glasgow Women’s Library I was sniffing about the fiction section of the library while waiting to go into a meeting, not particularly looking for a book but curious to see if there was anything new and interesting. I noticed “Being […]
Once the first page is opened you can’t put it down. An absolute treasure of a book.
The next book for the Reading Group has arrived! The book is called ‘Khadija; The first Muslim and wife of Prophet Muhammad’ which explores the birth period of Islam with a focus on one of the most prominent and respected Muslim women in history. Addressing her devotion and her leadership roles in Mecca, this […]
This is not an epic climb to a summit, it is a savouring of sleep on the heather of a sun warmed mountainside, of a gentle communion with foals and plants and rivulets.
This book is like no other that I have ever read. It sucks you in with its intensity and uniqueness. Even the above description feels inadequate but I am sure other readers will enjoy it.
The book is life-affirming rather than depressing, and reminds us to cherish each moment we’re alive.