Whose Story Is This? Old Conflicts, New Chapters

Whose Story Is This? Old Conflicts, New Chapters

New feminist essays for the #MeToo era from the international best-selling author of Men Explain Things to Me. Who gets to shape the narrative of our times? The current moment is a battle royale over that foundational power, one in which women, people of color, non-straight people are telling other versions, and white people and men and particularly white men are tryi New feminist essays for the #MeToo era from the international best-selling author of Men Explain Things to Me. Who gets ...

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Title:Whose Story Is This? Old Conflicts, New Chapters
Author:Rebecca Solnit
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Genres:Writing
ISBN:Whose Story Is This? Old Conflicts, New Chapters
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:150 pages pages

Whose Story Is This? Old Conflicts, New Chapters Reviews

  • Raquel
    Oct 17, 2019
    An excellent collection about who controls the narrative in our culture. (Spoiler: Cishet white Christian men.) The only essay that didn't fit seamlessly into this collection was "Crossing Over," which was meant to accompany an art exhibit. Lacking the context of the exhibition visuals...
  • Shari
    Oct 18, 2019
    I think Rebecca Solnit is one of the great and necessary voices in America, and I want everyone to read her. These essays fill me with both rage and hope, and I guess we need both to survive this country. ...
  • Prashanth Nuggehalli Srinivas
    Nov 03, 2019
    Lovely read. Solnit writes in a rather simple language about profound concepts that draw both from history and social action. The book is a collection of her published essays but a strong connecting thread can be seen: that slowly and steadily newer (and earlier suppressed/oppressed) i...
  • David
    Oct 29, 2019
    collection of essays, mostly brief. I know I've sed this about other collections, so it's on me that i keep ignoring the advice, but probably better read one at a time, interspersing with other books. Read consecutively they are too similar. Even though the ostensible topic of each is ...
  • Jamie
    Sep 27, 2019
    Solnit is a balm for my world-weary soul. I read her Letter to the March 15, 2019 Climate Strikers on September 27, 2019, a climate strike Friday, which is a lot about Greta Thunberg. "Today you are what's happening. Today, your power will be felt. Today, your action matters. Today...
  • Tina
    Sep 23, 2019
    Another work which should be read by everyone, not only those who agree with Solnit's stance. This work is incredibly relevant, citing events as recently as March of this year. The question of "Whose Story Is This?" is an important one. White culture is diminishing and is predic...
  • Niklas Pivic
    Jul 28, 2019
    I see this as a 150-page long analytical monograph about sexism before, during, and after metoo. During my reading I took notes. I'd made exactly 150 notes when I finished, which says something about how this book engaged, horrified, and enthralled me. Solnit's writing style is quit...
  • Virginia
    Sep 15, 2019
    This is a collection of recent essays concerning the need for changes in the power structure of our society as a moral, practical, and inevitable imperative. She covers the voice that women, people of color, and the young are finding for themselves and for the planet. There is nothing ...
  • Leah Rachel von Essen
    Aug 25, 2019
    As always, Rebecca Solnit?s writing is rich, genius, and gorgeous. Whose Story is This?: Old Conflicts, New Chapters is an incredibly cohesive essay collection about who gets to be part of certain narratives: How do power and privilege impact knowledge and the politics of silence? Wh...
  • Nick Klagge
    Oct 27, 2019
    I love Solnit and will pretty much read anything she publishes, but when reading her collections I have the strong feeling that going cover-to-cover is the wrong approach. I usually see her LitHub essays when they come out (including some in this collection), and feel that that is a mu...
  • Zeeii
    Nov 03, 2019
    This book contains a series of essays around the feminist movement. With eloquence, urgency and compassion, Solnit appraises the voices of women, people of color and non-straight people that are emerging, why they matter, and the obstacles they face in making themselves heard. ...
  • Sharron
    Sep 18, 2019
    The first 13 essays in this collection were stellar. Powerful and thought provoking, they warrant 5 stars. However, the 6 that follow didn?t measure up. Good, yes, but not as insightful and illuminating as those which preceded them. Hence, the 4 star rating. Get the collection though...
  • Howard Bryant
    Oct 18, 2019
    I love Rebecca Solnit. She?s one one the clearest, cleanest writers. Her perspective is fierce, which centers her writing. She doesn?t attempt to be all things, answer all questions. She has a point to make, while still being energized by a future that can seem desperate. Her faith...
  • Sarah
    Oct 08, 2019
    4.5 rounded up Rebecca Solnit's latest essay collection is perhaps best surmised by the author herself in the acknowledgements: This book is, in a sense, transcripts of my side of some conversations with the society around me as it undergoes tumultuous changes, with the changemak...
  • Daniel Kukwa
    Sep 20, 2019
    A few of the entries made me mutter "too many words", and one or two made me angry because they were too short (and I was just getting into them). However, those minor irritants don't spoil the overall quality of this excellent reflection on current issues. There are one or two ideas i...
  • Rachel
    Sep 11, 2019
    This collection lacks focus. The essays bleed into one another, but there?s no overarching through line aside from, I guess, Go Feminism? She?s writing about the storm while standing in the eye of it, which is probably not the best viewpoint. I presume this was to coincide with the...
  • Morgan Schulman
    Sep 11, 2019
    Thanks to edelweiss for the advanced reader?s copy A summary and synthesis of some of the best feminist ideas of the Trump era. Solnit is one of our times? great intellectuals, and her voice is needed. Few people could lay out all of this misery that we have lived under for the ...
  • Anosh
    Oct 12, 2019
    Educational and motivating essays! ...
  • Claire
    Oct 26, 2019
    Solnit's writing is poetic and pointed. Most of the essays are about women's issues, but there are other issues related. Two were especially interesting: "Unconscious Bias Elected the President" (I no longer have the book in hand--that isn't the exact title.) And the essay about abusiv...
  • Katie Bruell
    Oct 17, 2019
    This book made me hopeful, made me furious, made me think, and made me laugh. Rebecca Solnit is so brilliant. ...
  • Kazen
    Sep 09, 2019
    4.5 stars I love that Haymarket is publishing Solnit's essays each year, and this collection is a bumper crop. She's at her best when discussing gender and #MeToo is a big theme here, as well as how movements for change get started, and how the affect that change over time. Many ...
  • Tanya
    Jul 07, 2019
    My first encounter with Solnit was her acclaimed feminist essay collection Men Explain Things to Me, the titular piece contained therein being (in)famous for having coined the word "mansplaining". I haven't kept up with her work since, although her later collections are all on my virtu...
  • Beachesnbooks
    Jun 30, 2019
    Review to come! I received an ARC of Whose Story is This? from the publisher at BookExpo. ...
  • Dipali
    Jul 14, 2019
    ** A copy of Whose Story is This? was provided by the publisher and Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review ** Every time I read anything by Solnit, my first thought is "I hope I can write this eloquently and beautifully one day." With this collection, she's cemented her place a...
  • Ruby
    Oct 21, 2019
    "This country has room for everybody who believes that there's room for everybody. For those who don't-well, that's why there's a battle about whose story it is to tell." "It is an old truism that knowledge is power. The inverse and opposite possibility-that power is often ignorance...
  • Katie
    May 28, 2019
    Thank you to the publisher and to Edelweiss+ for this Advanced Reader Copy! Get excited, y?all! Rebecca Solnit is back with yet another collection of essays that speak to our current cultural and political moment with grace, eloquence, long-sighted wisdom, and hope. Climate change...
  • Alyssa Foll
    Sep 06, 2019
    Another autumn, another collection of essays by Rebecca Solnit. I could get used to this rhythm! Solnit's collection of essays in "Whose Story Is This" focuses on women, immigrants, and the earth (think climate change) -- stories that we usually discount or people that some may move ...
  • Michelle Grady
    Oct 04, 2019
    hmmm, this is the first time I?ve really felt that some of her essays missed the mark. Especially in the one about unconscious bias, she mentions how many white men voted for Trump and how many black women voted for Clinton, but left out entirely that 52% of white women voted Republi...
  • Kate
    Sep 03, 2019
    Solnit does it again! This essay collection is brilliant and insightful. She tackles political to personal with such grace. In these essays Solnit writes about our current culture, politics, climate change, social and cultural change and more. I found her outlook and optimism on large...
  • Theresa
    Sep 20, 2019
    Solnit writes short essays on feminism and current events. The theme throughout this collection is the power of being heard and who has it. She describes the struggles women have had, in several arenas, to be heard and taken seriously. She focuses attention on sexual harassment/assault...