Review: Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope by Artisan Press

On January 21, 2017, millions of people gathered worldwide for the Women’s March, one of the largest demonstrations in political history. Together they raised their voices in hope, protest, and solidarity.
This inspiring collection features hundreds of the most eloquent, provocative, uplifting, clever, and creative signs from across the United States and around the world. Each is a powerful reminder of why we march.

Why We March was the perfect read to satisfy my need for more after having followed the Women’s March all over social media. As the blurb states, the signs featured in here will evoke all kids of emotions–from laughing to contemplating to clutching your heart, this collection will make you feel it all. Real talk, I ended up in tears I couldn’t hold back so many times it got alarming.

It was also a very quick read that I tried to saver, but found to be quite impossible when the following page is RIGHT THERE!! I kept turning to the next page and the next and next, until I unexpectedly reached the last one and was left bewildered as to why I completed it so quickly…

On that note, here are the many, many signs I loved in this collection:

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Without a shadow of a doubt, Why We March is a read I’ll come back to time and again, especially when in need for something uplifting, heartening and gripping. Oh, and quick warning: if you’re reading this before bed, like I did, be prepared for a thumping heart, pumping with adrenaline, and the sudden need to fight someone… that is to say: I LOVED it!! And I can’t stress enough how grateful I am that it exists.

ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication: March 7th, 2017

5/5 stars

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Review: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I picked this up after having listened to Seriously… I’m Kidding on audio and feeling in the mood for something similar to cheer me up while having that damned cold. Also known as: part-two-of-feeling-terrible-and-wanting-an-audiobook-to-cheer-me-up-when-I-don’t-have-the-energy-to-read-actual-words.

I don’t why it took me so long to realize that listening to memoirs on audio is a genius move. It made me rethink a lot past choices of reading the book instead of listening to it…
I feel like if I’d read Yes Please by myself, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it even one little bit.

But while I loved how the way the audiobook was constructed, I can’t ignore that I didn’t care for the contents of this book.
Amy Poehler is, of course, extremely privileged in numerous aspects, and I knew this going into her writing. However, it continually exasperated me how in one essay the author would address her privilege, but then completely disregard it in the next while complaining about her #whitepeopleproblems. I feel like she’s the definition of a White Feminist and/ or problematic fave. Not my fave, but still.
I’d really recommend reading this incredible article that takes the time to discuss the ways white feminists are hurting feminism.

That’s not to say that all the essays in Yes Please were bad–a number (two) of them weren’t… mostly because they weren’t focused on Amy Poelher. They rest just came off as extremely pretentious and high-key offensive (I feel like she genuinely believes that white people experience racism……..they don’t).

So I’d like to talk about the essays that made me think for awhile there that this book was going to go places:

Sorry, Sorry, Sorry:

By far, this was one of the most raw essays I read in this book. In Sorry, Sorry, Sorry, Poehler takes the time to discuss taking responsibility for past mistakes made. I was left truly speechless upon finishing it.

The funny thing is, before reaching this part, I was thinking of putting the book down; I wasn’t feeling that invested in it. At the last minute something compelled me to put on the audiobook while waiting for a movie to load… long story long, that movie was forgotten about for a couple of hours.

Not going to lie, I loved getting to read about Amy Poehler owning up to her ignorance and mistakes in this essay. Even more so for the fact that instead of putting the focus on herself, she lifted up the voices of those she hurt and gave them the platform to discuss and be heard in this book read by thousands and thousands.

I particularly loved this next part that was taken from an email Anastasia Somoza, one of the kindest souls I’ve read about, sent in response to Amy’s apology about the offensive SNL skit:

“That being said, Chris, Marianne, my family and I have worked tirelessly to make equal opportunity, the inclusion and positive portrayal of people with disabilities in society the norm rather than the exception. As such, I was upset more generally speaking, about the skit contributing to a severe lack of knowledge, awareness, understanding and empathy around disability. Too many people already fear, and are often disgusted or put off in other ways by disability and it saddened me to think of the impact the skit may have had in adding fuel to that fire.”

Needless to say, Anastasia and Marianne completely shifted something inside of me. I’m eternally grateful that they were voiced in here.

Let’s Build a Park:

The one essay I was most exited about that talked about everything in regards to Parks and Recreation. Also, I’VE NEVER SMILED SO MUCH WHILE READING AN ESSAY BEFORE. I loved how you could truly feel the passion and appreciation Poehler has for her character, Leslie Knope, and everyone that worked on the show.

I was also interested in finding out more about my favorite power couple: Donna Meagle and Tom Haverford. And I did, in moderation, but I still did.giphyIf one thing, this made me realize a rewatch was in order. And maybe also picking up Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance very soon!


However, enjoying only two essays out of twenty-seven cannot save a whole book for me.
To be frank, I’m still a bit let down because I went into this with an open mind, but was reminded time and again how astoundingly obtuse the author could be. I mean, how can you spend twenty something minutes talking about something as important as supporting nonprofits, and then turn around and spend the last valuable minutes of your book talking about why you hate your phone and social media and how hard it is to constantly be on in…… tumblr_mi8s3bwsqc1r98adfo2_250I’m thankfully quickly getting to forget everything that was said in this book, which is kind of a blessing in disguise at this point.

2/5 stars 

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Review: Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres

“It always helps to think about other people instead of ourselves.”

I picked up this audiobook in hopes of it lifting up my spirits while I had a cold. And for the first two (out of three) hours it did its job. I laughed heartily while getting to forget for a minute that I was feeling awful. And two passages in particular really stayed with me.

One for being witty: “Do things that make you happy within the confines of the legal system.”

And the other for being relatable: “Leaning forward in your chair when someone is trying to squeeze behind you isn’t enough. You also have to move the chair.”

when-she-met-real-ellen-had-dance-offThere’s quite a few things I was to discuss, so let’s start with the things I enjoyed:

  • The comedic timing.
  • The author sharing details and the behind the scenes of her talk show, interviewing guests and how she needs to keep talking and talking and talking for hours.
  • how the audiobook had certain chapters that got background noises, such as beach waves, rain drops, casino noises…
  • DeGeneres repeatedly mentioning her want for a Nemo sequel.
  • when she talked about the environment, coming out, being happy, veganism, and becoming a cover girl.

But I feel like everything that was important was glossed over. Meanwhile, the topics that contributed nothing more than to pass the time were elaborated on more than necessary…
Real talk: you can quit listening after two hours because nothing meaningful is said after. We have chapters about:

  • math equations and counting to “help” the listeners fall asleep.
  • making up a dream where the listener is a reptile…
  • deciding to eat an apple instead of reading the chapter about text abbreviations… really?!
  • making strange noises with her mouth just for the audio listeners… I wish I were kidding, but I can’t make this shit up. I had to put the volume on low so my mom wouldn’t think I was actually listening to someone making weird noises in an audiobook.
  • also, on a totally separate note, I kind of hated how the author kept bashing social media and using the phrase “technology is destroying our social skills.” To quote this article, technology doesn’t make us less social; it just changes the way we socialise. And I’d recommend watching this brilliant episode from the show Black-ish discuss this topic as well.
  • And most importantly, her white privilege kept showing throughout without being examined…

Simply put, a lot of chapters felt like filler, which towards the end really got on my nerves. The more nonsense was said, the more fuming I got. And to be honest, this book doesn’t really contribute anything new or exiting about DeGeneres. If you didn’t read Seriously… I’m Kidding, you would know the same amount about the author by watching the talkshow.

I personally haven’t watched The Ellen Show in awhile, so the only thing that compelled me to pick up Seriously… I’m Kidding was my feeling ill and desperately wanting to distract myself of it. So I appreciate this read more for making me feel a little better rather than for its content.

2.5/5 stars

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