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: The ABC’s of LGBT+ by Ashley Mardell

This is one of the most important books I’ve found that addresses quite everything in regards to representing the LGBTQIA+ community. It begins with an introduction of a condensed version of the many terms and identities found in The ABC’s of LGBT+, which really, really helped a lot.

Going into this, I was personally looking forward to the abundance of new knowledge that would end up transforming my mind. I was also really appreciative of the personal stories “included from approximately 40 LGBTQIA+ people who so generously donated their time and efforts to support this project.” If you’re interested in learning about a diverse array of identities, please consider picking this book up!

However, this wasn’t really a read that I could consume in one sitting, so I skimmed some chapters that I’m hoping to look into again very soon. (But I did really love the parts on asexuality.)
So for now, I just wanted to mention that any book that includes illustrations (and gorgeous ones at that) will always impress me and then some:
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The ABC’s of LGBT+ was an truly insightful, revealing and consuming read that made me question and contemplate a lot. It was a great way to start the year.

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Review: Second Generation by Michel Kichka

This is an autobiographical tale in which Michel Kichka goes back over the significant moments of a childhood, an adolescence, and a life overshadowed by the Holocaust, from Belgium to The Promised Land, from nightmares to funny anecdotes, moments of joy and liberation.

Second Generation hit unexpectedly home at multiple parts for me, especially regarding Kichka’s childhood growing up in Belgium. It’s quite funny because I had just talked with my mother about how my school experience in Belgium went. And then I pick this graphic novel up a few hours later, and I see my reality depicted nearly the same through someone else’s eyes… Crazy how the world works sometimes.

So it goes without saying that Second Generation has taken a special part in my heart. But regardless of my sentimental values, this was also a genuinely great graphic novel that filled in a lot of blank spaces I had about the Holocaust, Judaism, and even life in general. Also, the humor thrown in here was so unexpected but greatly appreciated.

Here are some of the moments that made me either cry, laugh or something in-between:

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The only negative thing being that the pacing was a bit difficult to keep up with because of the time jumping, but other than that Second Generation was a spectacular take on family and intertwining histories that I’ll continue to reference (especially to my mom) and treasure for quite some time.

4.5/5 stars

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