I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim (Review)

Most of the contributors to this collection were new to me, which turned out to be a great thing. I love being exposed to new voices! And the writers showcased in I Speak for Myself are definitely worthy of the attention.

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The Girl Who Was On Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy (Review)

I have to admit that I had mixed feelings about The Girl Who Was On Fire as a whole. There were some essays that I absolutely loved, and some that just fell flat for me. Overall, I felt like there was way too much time spent analyzing the “reality television” angle. I could’ve figured out a lot of that myself, without being told by essay after essay after essay! One or two might have sufficed for that aspect of the trilogy.

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One Big Happy Family: 18 Writers Talk About Polyamory, Open Adoption, Mixed Marriage, Househusbandry, Single Motherhood, and Other Realities of Truly Modern Love (Review)

A year or two ago, I spotted a copy of this book in the bargain section of a local Chapters, and immediately snatched it up. I don’t know why it was marked down to bargain pricing, but my only regret is that I didn’t get around to reading it sooner.

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Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak (Review)

This collection of essays is one of my favourite pieces about contemporary North American Muslim women. I’ve read it once before, a few years ago (before I converted), and liked it just as much upon re-reading it today.

Each of the women in this collection reflects upon her mixture of identities – American, Muslim, and sometimes others – and how this mixing of identities has shaped some part of her life.

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Talking to God: Portrait of a World at Prayer (Review)

I originally bought this book because of the gorgeous pictures – a variety of photographs of people praying around the world. While I still enjoyed the photographs during my actual reading of the essays, I found myself drawn in even more by what the contributors had to say.

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