Books of Empowerment

This week Audrey’s Corner provides book recommendations from Sacred Heart students Jillian Reis, Ayasha Cantey, and Kailey Blount with themes of social justice and empowerment.

“What My Mother And I Don’t Talk About” by Michele Filgate

Michele Filgate’s “What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About” found me in a time of reflection. Home for the summer, memories of childhood followed me down familiar roads. Filgate’s short story collection is an ode to memory. It is a cathartic read. A reflection of our most complicated of relationships. Fifteen authors share varied stories of the women who gave them life, giving readers space to reflect on our own. In a time where motherhood is too often politicized, “What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About” humanizes the experience of womanhood. – Kailey Blount ‘23

“A Time To Kill” by John Grisham”

The book “A Time To Kill” by John Grisham is a heart-wrenching story that follows the path to justice. This book forces you to question ethics to determine if two wrongs make a right. Does the color of one’s skin change the level of justice someone deserves? This book gives you a lens into a world filled with hatred and chaos. But could looking at the world through a different lens change it all?

A 10 year old black girl is brutalized by two drunken white men. The men believed they did nothing wrong. With a corrupt justice system that was bound to let them walk, the father of the little girl decided to take justice into his own hands. – Ayasha Cantey ‘25

“DPS Only!” by Velinxi

“DPS Only!” is a graphic novel about a young girl, in the shadow of her popular esports champion brother, becoming a professional player while learning about how women are treated in the industry. This book pushes for female empowerment in a subtle way and in an area where women are rarely highlighted if at all. Esports and gaming can be a lot of fun, but for women who want to make a living from it, it also comes with a lot of ridicule and harassment. The book is also a graphic novel which is a genre that is overlooked as being more for children, so it is refreshing to see the medium used to talk about more serious topics. – Jillian Reis ‘23

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