Category: Book Reviews

The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business

Author: Erin Meyer Topics: Cultural Diversity in the Workplace, Industrial Psychology, Interpersonal Relations, Global Business Relations Summary “You have two eyes, two ears, one mouth, and you should use them accordingly.” When Erin Meyer received this advice from a collaborator early in her career as an international relations consultant, it resonated deeply with her. Meyer […]

This Chair Rocks

Author: Ashton Applewhite Topics: Ageism in America, Aging, Discrimination  Summary “Aging is life itself, which is what makes it so damn interesting.” This Chair Rocks, Applewhite’s witty and compelling manifesto, strives to refocus our negative opinion of aging, debunking common fears and encouraging readers to celebrate aging. Ageism is defined as the “combination of prejudicial […]

No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement

Author: Joseph P. Shapiro Topics: Handicapped Civil Rights, Discrimination against the Handicapped, Government Policy, History of Individuals with Disabilities in the US Summary Anyone can face disability from a sudden accident or disease at any point. This frightening and humbling notion that we’re all “vulnerable to this misfortune” colors our attitude towards the disabled, even […]

So You Want to Talk About Race

Author: Ijeoma Oluo Topics: Race Relations, Intercultural Communication, Ethnic Studies, African American Studies, Political Freedom & Security, Civil Rights Summary “I started writing out of frustration,” Oluo begins with searing honesty, a tone woven throughout the book So You Want To Talk About Race. She continues,  “Frustration that there could be so many words to […]

In Defense of Witches: The Legacy of the Witch Hunts and Why Women Are Still on Trial

Author: Mona Chollet Topics: Feminism, Sexism, Gender Equality, and Historical Mistreatment of Women Summary Conjure to mind the first witch you remember. Are you someone who envisions old hags with warts, green skin, and black pointy hats? Perhaps a wise woman in the woods with her beautiful garden of herbs and remedies? Or a quirky […]

White Fragility: why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism

Author: Robin DiAngelo Topics: Racism, Race Relations, Whites Summary “White fragility?” some may ask, immediately guarded against the implications in the title of Robin DiAngelo’s book. With strength and patience drawn from her work as a consultant, trainer, and teacher of racial and social injustice, DiAngelo introduces us to the concept of white fragility or […]

How to be an Antiracist

Author: Ibram X. Kendi Topics: Anti-Racism, Psychological Aspects of Racism, Race Relations Summary Ibram X.Kendi opens How to be an Antiracist with this quote, “this book is ultimately about the basic struggle we’re all in, the struggle to be fully human and to see that others are fully human.” Told through an autobiographical narrative, historical […]

Hood Feminism: Notes From the Women that a Movement Forgot

Author: Mikki Kendall Topics: Feminism, African American Women Social Conditions, USA Race Relations, Inequality Summary A fierce call to grow beyond “peak white feminism and into actual feminism” Mikki Kendall’s book Hood Feminism addresses how less time needs to be spent “demanding validation”, calling attention to what makes you a good feminist and what you’re […]

Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design

Author: Kat Holmes Topic(s): Inclusive Design, Technology & Business, Social Integration, Social Marginality Summary Inclusion is a rarely utilized resource for creativity and innovation. In Mismatch, Kat Holmes educates readers on how implementing inclusive practices can shape the future of design and celebrate human diversity. Beginning with the basic understanding that designing for inclusion starts […]