A last minute text from a friend had me sitting at Gish Jen’s book launch last night. Gish is a local Cambridge author and has launched all her books at The Harvard Book Store. Gish had me with “Don’t like it, Don’t read it!” She has reached a point in her life where she is taking risks and not worrying about what the critics will say.
A novel born out of Trump winning. As someone in the crowd said “we can now thank him for one thing!” The Resisters is about a family set in the future known as AutoAmerica with a big brother that is part artificial intelligence, part internet, and part human. There are two classes, the Surplus and the Netted. Technology is becoming part of our life more than we may like to accept and certainly more than we know. It is everywhere and we can not escape it. Gish confronts the worries we have as a parent, as a citizen, and everything we feel in the air. It is all this, as well as a baseball novel about Gwen, a talented female pitcher from the Surplus with a golden arm who is recruited for the Olympics to face ChinRussia.
I’m looking forward to diving into The Resisters! I am told it is unsettling, loving, and funny. It is dystopian and utopian. It is now! I hope you are curious enough to check out Gish Jen. She is a gem of a lady!
It’s becoming more difficult to find fact based information when it particularly pertains to your body. So much information, but is it opinion or fact? Who is the source and do they have an angle? In the world of influencers and celebrities, why are they trusted? I am in the fact camp. Wanting information from credible sources with a background in the field. Our bodies are complicated enough!
I have ordered and received Dr. Jennifer Gunter’s book, The Vagina Bible. It’s a damn good one. If you have a daughter, this book could be a good resource for you.
If you haven’t heard of Dr. Jennifer Gunter then let me share her with you. Dr. Gunter is a OB/GYN and a pain medicine physician. She specializes in women’s health with years of schooling and experience. Most recently, she has come into the headlines for her science based, no nonsense information about women’s health especially around some suggestions that have been made on Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop website. Jen attacks the myths and claims with facts. Just for the record, I have nothing against GP. She has built her brand and has a very loyal following. She sells the “perfect life” but I don’t believe she truly connects with the average woman. You need a big bank account to play in her world. But this is just my opinion. She is her own person and with all do respect, we all need to be our own person. I pretty much only stalk Goop for recipes. There are some good ones!
For your reading pleasure, here are two bits written by Dr. Jennifer Gunter. Just google her name and you will see plenty of articles from this rock star (ignore the f bomb that she drops in one of the articles). Draw your own conclusion. Put Away The Jade Egg, An Open Letter
Over the past few years I have joined my mother-in-law in attending the UNICEF Boston Lunch Series. Today, Alan Gratz, the author of Refugee was the guest speaker. He believes that our children will be the change makers. They are the future. He is absolutely correct. Alan spoke about his book and the power of putting a face to a story. That is how the power of change can begin. How else can we begin to connect to the statics and reports that we see daily in the news. I consider myself fortunate to be living a happy and healthy life with no true problems in comparison to what a refugee experiences. What is my part? What can I do?
I can start by sharing this book. It is a book that we as adults should pick up and read. It is a book that needs to be shared with our children. Alan wrote this book for children, primarily for the middle school years. The stories in the book are real experiences of refugees. I am greatly appreciative of his commitment to educating our children though his books. Educating ourselves on what is happening around us and beyond is a beginning. Our future depends on our efforts. We can do more and we can do better. We need to care.
I am looking forward to experiencingRefugee with my eleven year old son. I am so happy to share that my son already knew of the book and has dug right into it. Exposure is critical followed by conversation. Alan shared with me that the audio version is also a powerful way to experience his book.
Words from today: Powerful, Compassion, Empathy, Question, Educate, Open your minds, Care