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Nick Burka

Montreal

Review of Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times
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10 / 10

Review of Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times

Pros: Wonderful, insightful letters that contextualize our insane political situation.

Cons: Everyone hasn't read it yet. Read it now, and then we can talk!

Buy? Yes, I strongly recommend it.

I've personally been really struggling with the state of the world in the past year. It's not just the US election (though that's a big part of it), but just a larger feeling of unease with selfishness, greed, and anger that permeates so much of our society. The election has just ripped a poorly-affixed patch that was covering this reality for me, and increased my unease about what our future looks like.

This book came at exactly the right time for me. It builds on the idea of James Baldwin's "A Letter to My Nephew" with letters written to different people trying to explain where we're at in history and under the current US political climate. It's essentially what Ta Nehisi Coates did in "Between the World and Me" in shorter letters. The book is comprised of 30 letters written by insightful, empathetic, and vibrant authors, activists, and thinkers. The letters are both a reminder that what's happening isn't totally new, and that the situation isn't hopeless. It's advice told by people who have really wonderful context to speak the TRUTH and be REAL.

I really love this book. BIG recommendation from me.

I paid $21.95

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