Franzen recognizes that in order to create checklists that you actually stick with, they need to fill a need beyond "getting things done." They need to help you live the kind of life you want to live.
What I liked about Sister Outsider is that it wasn't written for me as a straight, white woman.
Finally, maybe the best part of this book is the distinct voice of George Takei coming through the whole thing.
I finished the book and came away feeling like I needed to create something, or call my mom, or have a good cry, and that is what good poetry does.
Rao made a brave, important choice to focus her work on women, and in many ways, this risk paid off.
Cat and Nat keep it real about the impossibility of motherhood perfection, but they do so with a lot of sensitivity.
We are terrified of being meaningless cogs in a machine that is actively destroying the world. But as Hank so eloquently shows, fame is not the answer to these problems.
As a Gemini, I'm used to being pegged as a two-faced bitch, which isn't exactly incorrect, it just lacks any and all nuance. The Astro Poets bring that nuance back.
Fiction about women supporting women? A cast of characters that is almost entirely POC? Nuanced discussion of international adoption and the trauma of assimilation? Yes please.
My first thought when I finally bought the book was “Oh yeah, this is gonna fuck me up.”