Kramers Book Club Picks - February
“Society wants us to look for the approval of men in everything we do. Self-care is the radical act of dressing and living for ourselves.” —Ling Ling Huang, Natural Beauty
Natural Beauty by Ling Ling Huang: When our narrator's parents are left debilitated after an accident, she must leave behind her dream of playing piano for the high-end beauty and wellness store in New York City. Underneath all of the glitz and glamor and friendship, something sinister lurks. As she plied with products to slim her things, smooth her skin, and lighten her hair, something else is happening to her.
If We Burn: The Mass Protest Decade and the Missing Revolution by Vincent Bevins: Mass protests are supposed to bring about change; protests are a collective voice of the people telling their government demanding they be listened to. Yet from 2010 to 2020, more people participated in protests than at any other point in time, and yet we face no differences. In this book, Bevins asks the question how did so many mass protests lead to the opposite of what they asked for?