Most Important Lessons from Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch

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I recently finished listening to the audiobook of Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch, an exploration of what it means to be mixed-race in Britain that is both broad and deeply personal. A traditional, analytical review felt as though it would somehow detract from the invaluable messages that are at the core of this book. With that in mind, I am instead going to list the 5 most important lessons that I took away from reading Brit(ish).

Talking Across the Divide by Justin Lee: Equip Yourself to Challenge Prejudice

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Rating: 3 stars

Category: Non-fiction

Synopsis: We're living in a time when it can feel like we're on completely different planets from some of the people we encounter - from bigoted grandparents to politicians on the news. In Talking Across the Divide, Justin Lee provides practical advice on bridging this seemingly uncrossable chasm.

It's time to have some difficult but meaningful conversations, and maybe even make the world a little better in the process.

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata: Offbeat Celebration of Non-Conformity

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Rating: 3 stars

Category: Literary fiction


Keiko Furukura has worked in the same convenience store for eighteen years. She feels at home in the store with its comforting daily rhythms, but those around her are pushing her to move on in her career, get married, have children. Tired of their interference, Keiko decides, at last, to give "normality" a shot...with disastrous consequences.

Archive Nostalgia: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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As Halloween creeps ever closer, I have dug up my spookiest book review from the archival crypt...

Dorian Gray is a beautiful, striking young man - the darling of London society. When a friend paints his uncannily lifelike portrait, Dorian is struck by a moment of vanity and fear. In terror of age and degradation, he strikes a bargain that will allow him to remain in youthful beauty forever. Only the cherished portrait will bear the marks of age, excess and sin.