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Book club discussions are 1.5-2 hour moderated conversations with a maximum of 10 participants per session.
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All About Love
By bell hooks
From the publisher: “The word ‘love’ is most often defined as a noun, yet we would all love better if we used it as a verb,” writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provocative and intensely personal, renowned scholar, cultural critic and feminist bell hooks offers a proactive new ethic for a society bereft with lovelessness - not the lack of romance, but the lack of care, compassion, and unity. People are divided, she declares, by society’s failure to provide a model for learning to love.
Last Quarter's Read
The $16 Taco
By Pascale Joassart-Marcelli
Having “discovered” the flavors of barbacoa, bibimbap, bánh mi, sambusas, and pupusas, white middle-class eaters are increasingly venturing into historically segregated neighborhoods in search of “authentic” eateries run by—and for—immigrants and people of color. This interest in “ethnic” food and places, fueled by media attention and capitalized on by developers, contributes to gentrification, and the very people who produced these vibrant foodscapes are increasingly excluded from them.
Geographer Pascale Joassart-Marcelli traces the transformation of three urban San Diego neighborhoods whose foodscapes are shifting from serving the needs of longtime minoritized residents who face limited food access to pleasing the tastes of wealthier and whiter newcomers. The $16 Taco illustrates how food can both emplace and displace immigrants, shedding light on the larger process of gentrification and the emotional, cultural, economic, and physical displacement it produces.
Additional Past Readings
Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (And the Next)
By Dean Spade
Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation
By David L. Eng &
The Color of Law
By Richard Rothstein
Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America
By Marcia Chatelain
As Long As Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice
By Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Ants Among Elephants
By Sujatha Gidla
How to Kill A City
By P.E. Moskowitz
Edited by Alice Wong
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