At its core, The Book of Tea is about Zen, Taoism, and chado, or teaism. Originally written in English in 1906, this work is more importantly a protest. Okakura pushes back against imperialism, colonization, capitalism, and Western caricatures of "The East." This book is a pleasant and unexpected riot! [Clover]
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As a queer, non-binary, neurodivergent, half-Filipinx, abuse survivor, I'm drawn to books written by and for queer, BIPOC, and marginalized folx. I absolutely love sci-fi, fantasy, manga, and comics. Growing up, I watched Star Trek TNG and Voyager weekly and recorded terribly dubbed anime on VHS. These are also the genres that include people like me. I am also a voracious reader and will read anything and everything, especially if it's about growing food and foraging.
This book is community, connection, an embrace, a bedtime story, a social examination, a meditation, a scientific discourse... It's more than survival of our collapsing planet and society. It is hope, forward thinking, and possibility. It's what we need right now, these Black feminist lessons from marine mammals. And it's one of the most healing books I've read. [Clover]
Return to Neverland, but make it a queer romance (that also removes all the problematic racist bits from the original)! The story's clue is in the title: Peter Darling. And if you're a Captain Hook fan, you're gonna love this romance! I knew this book was gonna be good when I read the dedication:
This book is for every villain who ever inspired a queer awakening, and for every queer child who ever saw a piece of themself in the enemy.
It's also for Simone, who is definitely a villain of some kind.
I wish I had this book nearly a decade ago when I was diagnosed with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. C-PTSD is a psychological disorder that occurs with prolonged, repetitive trauma over the course of years in a context where there is little to no escape. I found myself on an eerily similar journey with Foo, who provides a personal and thoroughly researched account of her healing journey. Be sure to give yourself space to heal and process this memoir. And as Foo promises, there is a happy ending. [Clover]
I'm always on the lookout for genderqueer stories, and this manga is a RIOT! High school, family, and society have a hard time accepting Ryo's gender. The only time Ryo feels like himself is when he wears his favorite clothes and fashion brands. It just so happens that the class delinquient, Jin, has similar style and tastes. Watch these two unlikely friends "bite back at the world" as they make their own fashion brand!
"Mutual Aid is the radical act of caring for each other while working to change the world."
Dean Spade's book is a great guide for activitsts, organizers, and community members of all experience levels. How can you help your community? How can you support already existing groups working to protect our most vulnerable? How do we build strong sustainable structures, projects, and goals? [Clover]
So much of our modern cuisine comes from Turtle Island, or the New World. Why doesn't the US have more indigenous cuisine? Learn about this dark history while re-connecting with the land and their stewards. De-colonize your palette. [Clover]
Ever want a Jane Austen novel, but heroine moves to the country side to becomes a witch instead of falling in love? Well look no fruther than Lolly Willowes! This book came highly recommended from my friend and tea extraordinaire @FridayTea. She knows I'm always looking for witchy Ace representations, too. [Clover]
The City We Became crafts together modern-day NYC with a super hero fantasy twist, sprinkiling in real talk about colonization, police brutality, gender identity, immigration, etc. with a dsash of Eldritch horror. Note, Jemisin does not shy away from the racist horros of Lovecraft and Eldritch. Buckle up for a WILD ride! [Clover]