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ISBN: 9781632061423
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Published: Restless Books - March 14th, 2017

By Kirbie Bennett

Thursday, April 27, 2017 

In his debut work of fiction, Deepak Unnikrishnan immerses the reader into the whirlwind life of guest-workers in the United Arab Emirates. “Fiction has barely addressed the so-called guest workers of the Gulf,” Unnikrishnan states in the introduction. This collection of 28 short stories is meant to correct such oversight and exclusion. By infusing elements of absurdity that would make Franz Kafka smile with a magical realism evocative of Salman Rushdie, Unnikrishnan takes the reader down the rabbit hole of life as a guest worker in an empire, where identity becomes displaced within the never-ending borders and towers. MORE...

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ISBN: 9781849352444
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Published: AK Press - February 21st, 2017

Review by Kirbie Bennett

Fascism as an ideology and revolutionary movement is often viewed as vehemently pitted against the values of liberalism, democracy and multiculturalism, going to great lengths to dismantle institutions that promote such ethics. This perspective overlooks the historical tendency of fascism's ability to creep into left-wing and socialist movements. In his latest book, Against the Fascist Creep,  the journalist Alexander Reid Ross explores in-depth the "fascist creep" that left-wing movements for social justice have fallen prey to around the world since the late-nineteenth century when fascism came into being. MORE...

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ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

Review by Kirbie Bennett

In what is beign hailed as the "Black Lives Matter novel," Angie Thomas makes a bold debut into the Yound Adult literary world with her politically charged novel, The Hate U Give. The story focuses on 16 year-old Starr Carter, an African-American girl who witnesses the death of her friend Khalil at the hands of a white police officer. While processing the trauma of that experience, Starr witnesses the media demonize Khalil for his past involvement in gangs and drug dealing, implying the shooting was justified and his life didn't matter. Such biased media spotlight causes her to take a step back and ask whether or not she could come forth as the witness that would help bring justice to Khalil. MORE...

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ISBN: 9781627793810
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Published: Metropolitan Books - May 10th, 2016

Review by Kirbie Bennett

Long before “fake news” and “alternative facts” became topics of national discussion and face-palming, the linguistic theorist and social critic Noam Chomsky was offering up in-depth reflections on the way power-systems manufacture consent, creating necessary illusions to distract citizens from systemic inequalities and injustices. Chomsky’s critiques were especially aimed at liberal democratic societies such as the United States. Regardless of who is in power, whether Democrat or Republican, Chomsky argues that both parties serve to maintain the status quo of wealth accumulating at the top, while the gap between rich and poor widens, leading to apathy and erosion of democracy. MORE...


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ISBN: 9780802125392
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Published: Grove Press - January 3rd, 2017

Review by Kirbie Bennett

After recently making headlines for ending her contract with the publishing giant Simon & Schuster over a generous book deal with the hate-mongering alt-right figurehead Milo Yiannopoulos, the outspoken feminist writer Roxane Gay reaffirmed her position of being one who doesn’t hold back, despite the risks and loss. That commitment is reaffirmed once again in her latest work, Difficult Women – a collection of 21 short stories, giving voice to the pain, endurance and complexities of women; a voice often denied or dismissed in larger society. MORE...

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