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The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism by Barry Sanders
The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism

Beriah, June 22, 2009

This is the most sobering book I have ever read! Sanders does a valiant job researching the notoriously aloof U.S. military. From fuel consumption to the use of depleted uranium he takes the reader through the unthinkable. A must read for everyone!
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A Mercy: A Novel by Toni Morrison
A Mercy: A Novel

Beriah, December 25, 2008

This svelte novel is minimalistic like a needle. You will be pierced before you realize what took place. Don't underestimate it.
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Violence: Big Ideas/Small Books by Slavoj Zizek
Violence: Big Ideas/Small Books

Beriah, September 30, 2008

What I really appreciate about Zizek is that he brilliantly uses metaphors, historical examples, and pop culture references to explain his very deep points. He avoids relying on academic jargon. In this book he challenges the reader to reconsider the source of subjective violece (i.e. a person killing another person) as stemming from an overarching objective violence (the capitalist structure and even the threat of violence). Whether you are drawn to this book by the subject matter, or the author, you will not be let down. What will happen is that you will be pondering Zizek's notions long after you are done reading.
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Paradise by Toni Morrison

Beriah, August 2, 2007

From the onset this novel is enthralling! As usual Morrison creates imperfect, but loveable characters who interact in a way that raises important racial, political, social, religious, and gender issues. Dropping the reader into the future she then backtracks in order to tell how things could have gotten so far out of hand. I find it almost impossible to rank Morrison's novels with one another, since they are all above the majority of novels by other authors. However, I would rank Paradise pretty high--just under Beloved. I know she was given the Nobel Prize, but I wish we could distinguish her further feeling as I do that her works surpass many of the others even in that lofty crowd.
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American Dreams by Sapphire
American Dreams

Beriah, January 2, 2007

While it is true that Sapphire is not writing anything unknown, it is also true that what she is writing is extremely personal. Her voice and her poetic honesty are a rare beauty. One gets the sense--that is hard to locate in contemporaries--that Sapphire wrote these poems for herself, regardless of audience or publication. Truth is beauty and beauty truth!
The title poem "American Dreams" is a bold revitalization of its predesessors i.e. Ginsberg's "America." If Sapphire is remembered for nothing else I hope this single gem of a poem becomes cannonical!
Reviews seem to be very mixed, but love her or hate her you should definately READ this stellar poet!
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