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October General Track

Temple of My Familiar

The Temple of My Familiar was published in 1989, and is thought to be a sequel to The Color Purple. It consists of multiple narratives that intertwine to explore a variety of concepts about history, society, and truth as the characters struggle to create identity. The author explores a world that is complicated and divided by race, gender, religion, political systems, and takes us on a journey as the characters endure spiritual transformation.

Author

Alice Walker

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Fall 2020 Complex Theory Track

Pleasure Activism

How do we make social justice the most pleasurable human experience? How can we awaken within ourselves desires that make it impossible to settle for anything less than a fulfilling life? Author and editor adrienne maree brown finds the answer in something she calls “pleasure activism,” a politics of healing and happiness that explodes the dour myth that changing the world is just another form of work. Drawing on the black feminist tradition, she challenges us to rethink the ground rules of activism. Her mindset-altering essays are interwoven with conversations and insights from other feminist thinkers, including Audre Lorde, Joan Morgan, Cara Page, Sonya Renee Taylor, and Alexis Pauline Gumbs. Together they cover a wide array of subjects—from sex work to climate change, from race and gender to sex and drugs—building new narratives about how politics can feel good and how what feels good always has a complex politics of its own.

Author

adrienne marie brown

Book of the Month Archive

July 2020

  • General Track: Such A Fun Age

Syllabus | Live Discussions | Author Chat

June 2020

    • General Track: Women of Brewster Place

Syllabus | Live Discussions

    • Complex Theory: Black Feminist Thought, Chps. 1 + 2

Syllabus | Live Discussions
Author Chat

May 2020

    • General Track: Hood Feminism
    • Syllabus | Live Discussions | Author Chat

April 2020

  • General Track: Homegoing
  • Syllabus | Live Discussions
March 2020
  • General Track: Eloquent Rage
  • Syllabus | Live Discussions
    Author Chat
  • Complex Theory: Black Feminist Thought, Chps. 11 + 12
  • Syllabus | Live Discussions
    Author Chat February 2020 January 2020
    • General Track: When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost Syllabus | Live Discussions: Mid-Read – Finale
    • Complex Theory: A Voice From The South, Part One Syllabus | Live Discussions: Mid-Read | Read Along

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