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What We Read in October

29th Oct 2013

Kathleen Mostran
If you've finished all your books because you spent most of October hiding under the duvet avoiding dark mornings and hurricane force winds, don't panic! Here's a round-up of our fave books of the month, from craftivism to dystopian YA...

A Little Book of Craftivism by Sarah Corbett

The founder of The Craftivist Collective has put together a wonderful little pocket book detailing how she went from burned out activist to yarn-bombing, cross-stitching superhero. The book is filled with simple how-to guides so even beginners can learn how to take part in Craftivist Collective projects like mini cross-stitched protest banners and ‘Don’t blow it’ embroidered hankies to lobby MPs.

 

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

The third and final book in the New York Times bestselling Divergent series has landed, so does ‘the new Hunger Games’ live up to the hype? It’s getting a bit of a mixed reaction but still worth a read because the first book of this dystopian YA series – Divergent – is hitting the big screen next year, and this is definitely not the last you’ll be hearing of Tris and Tobias.

 

Salma Filming a Poet in her Village by Rajathi Salma and Kim Longinotto

From the age of thirteen, Salma was shut away by her parents, forbidden to study, and for almost two and a half decades faced a secluded life where she was unable to venture outside. During this time, she began covertly composing poems on scraps of paper, and managed to smuggle them to the outside world via an intricate system, eventually reaching a local publisher who printed them. Salma and filmmaker Kim Longinotto come together to tell the story of Salma’s extraordinary life, and the challenges they faced capturing it for Longinotto’s documentary film, Salma.

 

Talk Dirty to Me by Sallie Tisdale

When it was first published almost twenty years ago, Tisdale’s Talk Dirty to Me was one of the landmark feminist books of the 90s, weighing in on sex and sexual identity and challenging traditional feminist attitudes towards sexual politics. This new revised edition asks another generation to consider their attitudes to sexuality, from romance to sex work and pornography.

If none of these take your fancy, take a look at our top reviews this month, including Jhumpa Lahiri’s The LowlandThe Colour Master by Aimee Bender and Nostalgia Forest by Amy Cutler.

(Photograph by Kathleen Monstran)