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This One is All About Words

A post to catch up on reviews (some long overdue in fact).. And each of today’s featured books are something to do with words, so yes, this one is all about the words, literally!

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Books About Words


Book Info

Title: Anti-Racism (Words of Change series): Powerful Voices, Inspiring Ideas
Author: Kenrya Rankin
Publishers:‎ Sasquatch Books (23 Jul 2020)
Genre: Reference | Teens & YA Books
Source: NetGalley digital review copy

Activist and author Kenrya Rankin centers diverse and new voices alongside anti-racist leaders of the past for a bold and prescient collection of quotes to spark change, offer encouragement, and move readers to action.

My Thoughts

First of all, I have to say I love the concept of the book, a collection of inspiring quotes that you normally might not see or hear. I also appreciated that Rankin includes quotes from people across the board; from those we all know like Serena Williams and Barack Obama to others we might all not know well or be familiar with like Deepa Iyer and Ellen Pence; people across borders and ages. It is inspiring, colorful, and powerful, interspersed with photos of the personalities. Don’t forget to read the brief bio of every quoted figure at the back of the book.

This book is a great intro to people we need to know and to get inspired by their thoughts on race, color, creed, and how we can change things for the better.

When I picked this book, I knew it would include quotes but did not realize it was only quotes. Given that the book is intended to be such, it serves as a wonderful introduction to people, ideas, and concepts, and to inspire its readers to learn and understand more. It will certainly be even more wonderful if the book categorizes the quotes by their core ideas and include short essays by the author/others for each section. Also, including the bios of the people along with their quotes will definitely make it more impactful and informational.

All in all, this first in the Words of Change series is one to check out, and bring about a world of change!!!

Get it here: Amazon || Book Depository || Bookshop || Indiebound

The Book of Nonexistent Words

Book Info

Title: The Book of Nonexistent Words
Author: Stefano Massini/Translated by Richard Dixon
Publishers:‎ HarperVia (October 5, 2021)
Genre: Words, Language & Grammar
Source: NetGalley digital review copy

The Book of Nonexistent Words is a beautiful collection of linguistic origin stories wrought from the mind of an internationally renowned storytelling icon. Massini effectively liberates our human capacity for using language creatively and shows how we can embrace storytelling to fine tune our way of being in the world. Massini encourages us to be imaginative; if the language in the dictionary cannot adequately match the reality of the here and now, we must create new words that ring true.

My Thoughts

This book is a delight, well, if I have to say it in the simplest of terms, that is. However, if I had just an iota of Stefano Massini’s talent for making up new words, I would use them to describe the uniqueness and the wonder of this book. From the epigraph and the really cool, must-read introduction to the wondrous journey through the alphabet, this book is a romp.

You know that feeling we all have one time or the other – the one where the words we know simply won’t do for a specific feeling or situation?? Well, Massini has definitely felt that way too, and he says so in that introduction. He then tries to make do for the shortcoming (of the perfect word) letter by letter, chapter by chapter. Each chapter relates a story or few from history (sometimes more recent and at others ancient history), and wraps up with a made-up word inspired by the story(ies).

Did I enjoy the stories or the resulting neologisms? I am not sure, since I am definitely in a delightemma (my attempt at a made-up word)!! If you love language, words, history, or simply strange or interesting tales, or enjoy brilliant writing, then this book is for you.

You can get it here on Amazon or here at Book Depository

My Words Flew Away Like Birds by Debora Pearson

Book Info

Title: My Words Flew Away Like Birds
Author: Debora Pearson
Illustrator: Shrija Jain
Publishers:‎ Kids Can Press (October 5, 2021)
Genre: Children’s Fiction/New Experiences Books (4 – 8 years, and up!)
Source: NetGalley digital review copy

A poetically told immigration story that fosters understanding and beautifully articulates how the desire to belong and the need for human connection are universal. Beautifully written in engaging and accessible free verse, this poignant story offers a powerful lesson in empathy for children everywhere.

My Thoughts

This is such a sweet, heartwarming, tugging-at-heart-strings, sweet (I have said that already, I know, but) read.

Get it here: Amazon || Book Depository || Bookshop || Indiebound

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And Now, the End of This Post

Dear reader. so that is it for this post! Hope you pick up one of these books for yourself and/or for loved ones. I would love to hear your thoughts on them when you read them. Also, as always, I welcome all and any thoughts, comments, suggestions, and recommendations from you.

4 thoughts on “This One is All About Words

  1. Thanks for all your book suggestions! I have experienced some mild forms of discrimination being a minority here in the US, and I would definitely want to be empowered by the Words of Change book.

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