June 2019: The Quest for a Better Future

This month focuses on people striving to make a better future for themselves and their children.

LITE READER

  • The Parisian signed (Isabella Hammad)

  • Isabella Hammad’s author’s note

  • You’re Saying I Have a Choice With My Body? (Ali Nugent)

  • Women Producers Selection Blend (Electric City Roasting Co.)

BOOKWORM

  • The Parisian signed (Isabella Hammad)

  • Isabella Hammad’s author’s note

  • You’re Saying I Have a Choice With My Body? (Ali Nugent)

  • The Other Americans (Laila Lalami)

  • Women Producers Selection Blend (Electric City Roasting Co.)

Books

The Parisian
Isabella Hammad

In her debut novel, Plimpton Prize winner Isabella Hammad illuminates a pivotal period of Palestinian history through the journey and romances of a man who studies in France during WW1 before returning to Palestine at the dawn of their battle for independence.

“Looking back over the years I spent writing this novel, I see I had a fixation on the condition of feeling in-between. I had grown up in a family of people who lived that way, mixing cultures, never quite here, never quite there. Later I understood that this is in many ways a classic immigrant experience. For those who end up living in a culture different from their native one, assimilation can be difficult, and, if achieved, can obscure important parts of the self. Returning to their home- lands, immigrants often find they no longer feel at home there either.” - Isabella Hammad

The Other Americans
Laila Lalami

Through the perspectives of nine alternating narrators, Lalami threads together an account of a Moroccan man’s journey to America and the life he toiled to build after his arrival. This novel seeks to tackle xenophobia and draw conclusions about American identity.

The Other Americans is a timely and powerful novel about the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant—at once a family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story, informed by the treacherous fault lines of American culture.

Author, Isabella Hammad

Author, Isabella Hammad

Author, Laila Lalami

Author, Laila Lalami

You’re Saying I Have a Choice With My Body?
Ali Nugent

The topic of abortion is certainly a sensitive topic, but nonetheless, it’s important that we all have access to the facts so we have the best opportunity to make the decision that aligns with our lifestyles and personal beliefs.

“I wrote this zine in response to the harmful and inaccurate information that Rock For Life was disseminating to a malleable audience. While Rock For Life has backed down in the pro-life efforts, the sentiment of anti-choice still permeates in states like Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio.” - Ali

Coffee

Women Producers Selection Blend - RAOS & CODECH Co-ops
Electric City Roasting Co. - Throop, PA

Electric City Roasting Company is owned and operated by people who truly care about coffee, in every capacity. Their dedication to excellence starts with sustainability, and their direct trade relationships with sustainable partner farms increases the percentage at which farmers and millers get paid.

This coffee selection is from a women farm co-op and has notes of almond, milk chocolate, mild citrus, and a sweet finish.

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