Brave Book Pairings

Brave Book Pairings is a subset of Be Your Own Hero where I pair two recent reads and discuss how they inform each other and how the combination makes for more than the sum of its parts. This link is where you can find all of the Brave Book Pairings posts in one place.1

From December 2022, “When you can’t un-see the patterns” pairs Women and Other Monsters: Building a New Mythology, by Jess Zimmerman with Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History, by Sam Maggs.

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When you can't un-see the patterns
You know how when you first notice something, a pattern of some sort, and then you can’t un-see the pattern, and you wonder how you could have possibly missed it in the first place? I experienced this not long ago when I attended a leadership retreat as part of a volunteer organization. One of the icebreaker questions was this…
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From October, 2022, “Brave Book Pairings: Indigenous Peoples’ Edition” pairs Tommy Orange’s There There with Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves.

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Brave Book Pairings: Indigenous Peoples' edition
I’m starting a new thing in Be Your Own Hero called Brave Book Pairings. I’ll pair two recent reads, dig into how they inform each other and how the combo makes for more than the sum of its parts. Reading is an inherently political act; what we choose to read and how we talk about it matters…
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