Summer reading from the Clayman Institute: August picks

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Summer reading from the Clayman Institute: August picks

For August, we recommend "Traveling With Spirits," "This Bridge Called My Back" and "Wishful Thinking"

by Gender News staff on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 1:34pm

SALLIE student readingWith a wide range of picks for August, the Clayman Institute suggests sampling both fun and inspirational fiction and non-fiction for stimulating discussion. Each month this summer, we’re recommending thought-provoking books to interested readers. For August, we suggest “Traveling With Spirits,”  “This Bridge Called My Back," and “Wishful Thinking."


book cover"Traveling With Spirits"

Valerie Miner

Valerie Miner's novel follows her strong female protagonist, Dr. Monica Murphy, on a sweeping journey from Minnesota, to the busy streets of Delhi, to the rural mountains of Moorty, India. As readers follow Monica’s travels, they also follow her emotional and spiritual growth as she learns about Indian culture, customs, religions and history while discovering even more about herself, her values and her connections to those around her. "Traveling With Spirits" is an exciting, nuanced novel about trespassing, welcoming and the ever-precarious luck of the innocent.




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"This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color"

Cherrie Moraga & Gloria Anzaldua, editors

Originally published in 1981, "This Bridge Called My Back" is a landmark of women of color feminism. Through personal essays, criticism, interviews, testimonials, poetry and visual art, the collection explores, as co-editor Cherrie Moraga puts it, “the complex confluence of identities—race, class, gender and sexuality—systemic to women of color oppression and liberation.” The reissued fourth edition contains a new introduction by Moraga, along with a previously unpublished statement by Gloria Anzaldúa, and visuals by artists of the period. "Bridge" continues to reflect an evolving definition of feminism that can help us understand the changing economic and social conditions of women of color around the world.



book cover"Wishful Thinking"

Kamy Wicoff

Co-founder of one of the world’s largest communities for women writers,, and co-founder of publisher She Writes Press, Kamy Wicoff (former Clayman Institute advisor) has just published her first novel, "Wishful Thinking." Described by Christina Baker Kline, author of "Orphan Train," as "a Trojan horse of a novel, delivering incisive social commentary while it entertains and delights you," Kamy's delightful debut is a modern-day fairy tale in which one woman learns to overcome the challenges and appreciate the joys of living life in real time.