MeTooTitle: #MeToo – Essays About How and Why this Happened, What it Means and How to Make Sure it Never Happens Again

Author: Laurie Perkins

Pages: 154 Pages

Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books

The Blurb

Currently #1 on Kindle’s Feminist Theory best-seller list  Also #1 on Kindle Political best-seller list.

More than 16 million people had posted their #MeToo story and support against sexual harassment by mid-October as a reaction to Rose McGowan’s brave admission that she had allegedly been raped by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.  A groundswell of reaction to and exposure of this sexual predation was unleashed that has spread throughout Europe and beyond. New revelations of unacceptable behavior in every industry break every day as people come forward in response to the viral #MeToo posts. Protests are scheduled such as the “Take back the Workplace” Hollywood march in November of 2017, and legislation is being drafted in New York and California to finally change the way things have been for far too long.

This is the turning point. Things are going to change.

This is a historic moment and it needs to be memorialized, passed around and passed on. Although social media is a fantastic means of igniting a fire, it needs to keep burning, like a torch.

So Riverdale Avenue Books, a woman-owned leading hybrid publisher, is putting its money, words and power, behind this and publishing this collection of 26 essays from people who understand want to make this change, and we, as a society, have got to figure out a way to drive that change forward.

So pass this book around. Share it with your sons, brothers, fathers, your daughters, sisters and mothers, your co-workers and friends.  Read passages to them, if they won’t read it for themselves. Leave it on the desk of someone who should know better.

Help us make this movement more than a hashtag.

The Review

It is hard to ignore the #MeToo campaign that is circulating with more fervency in light of the recent Harvey Weinstein sexual allegation and if I am honest when I saw that there was a #MeToo book I was sceptical. I initially thought that a writer had jumped on the bandwagon to make a pretty penny but when I looked into it and saw that it was a non-profit release I realised that I was wrong and that this is a book to take seriously.

Editor, Lori Perkins has compiled a series of writing from men and women about the #MeToo cause. Some of the essays are personal accounts and others reactionary. At times it can be quite hard to read as some writers don’t hold back when it comes to their own experiences of sexual assault. What is clear is that #MeToo is an important book and the campaign is not one to be forgotten in a hurry.

#MeToo – Essays About How and Why this Happened, What it Means and How to Make Sure it Never Happens Again by Lori Perkins is available now

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3 Stars

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil YapaThe Blurb

A heart-stopping debut about protest and riot…

1999. Victor, homeless after a family tragedy, finds himself pounding the streets of Seattle with little meaning or purpose. He is the estranged son of the police chief of the city, and today his father is in charge of one of the largest protests in the history of Western democracy.

But in a matter of hours reality will become a nightmare. Hordes of protesters – from all sections of society – will test the patience of the city’s police force, and lives will be altered forever: two armed police officers will struggle to keep calm amid the threat of violence; a protester with a murderous past will make an unforgivable mistake; and a delegate from Sri Lanka will do whatever it takes to make it through the crowd to a meeting – a meeting that could dramatically change the fate of his country. In amongst the fray, Victor and his father are heading for a collision too.

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, set during the World Trade Organization protests, is a deeply charges novel showcasing a distinct and exciting new literary voice.

The Review

There are certain types of novels that just do it for me; I love multi-perspective narratives whereby every character is linked in some way. Fortunately for me Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa was exactly that type.

The story of Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist centres on the riots that took place in Seattle in 1999 during a World Trade Organisation summit. It highlights the positives and negatives from both sides of the argument. Our main characters all have agendas and at various points of the narrative you both agree and disagree with them vehemently.

Take, for example, Park: the rogue policeman. Throughout the novel you are presented with a man of the law – who, as a society, we assume will be a good fair person. Yet his brutality and bullying nature makes him unlikable, terrifying even. However, we learn that he is a hero. One who has sacrificed his own life to save children in another riot.

This is a brilliant skill and I love books that usurp your original opinions about a character or a theme. Jodi Picoult is that master of this and I think, based on the fact that Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist is Sunil Yapa’s debut novel, that Picoult may have someone snapping at her heels.

This is a brilliant book and is set to make waves this year.

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of aFist by Sunil Yapa is available from February 4th 2016.

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