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Post by Fazzier » 17 Jun 2019, 11:47

[Following is a volunteer review of "DeFacto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland" by Judy Juanita.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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DeFacto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland is a non-fiction book written by Judy Juanita. The author–an American poet, playwright, and novelist–uses this book to tell the story of women who rose beyond the debilitating states of their tumultuous lives, ‘making a way out of no way, and nurturing those who have been forgotten or discarded.’ Some of the themes in this book are racism, poverty, family life, religion, and mysticism.

The author begins by telling the story of her childhood life, staying in Oakland, California. She paints the picture of how racism had taken root in the region, and how joining the Black Panther Party during her college days helped her to envision viability in revitalizing and connecting to her community rather than fleeing in the mainstream, corporate America. The author also tells the story of women who could hustle too hard, even to the extent of breaking the law, just to make both ends meet for their families. Besides, the author looks at various female authors such as Carolyn M Rodgers, Sonia Sanchez, and Ntozake Shange who paved the way for the black arts out of their 'literary courage.' On the other hand, there is part toward the end of the book that deals with mysticism. Peter Thorpe, a playwright who recently died, makes psychic visitations to Faith (pen name). I enjoyed the ‘trilogue’ that ensued thereafter.

This book is well-structured, well-written, and skillfully organized. In particular, I liked how it was formatted as it was appealing to the eyes, and this created in me a good impression of the book that lasted throughout my reading experience. Also, it takes the forms of poems, essays, and letters (emails). I liked this diversity as it broke for me the monotony usually brought about by one writing method. Citations of the works of a renown medium, Allison DuBois, and a link to a website containing information about psychic powers, may also appeal to readers who are fascinated by mysticism.

What I liked the most in this book was the part that was dealing with the mystic powers. I was appalled by the things Faith was capable of doing when in a trance-like state. For instance, she was able to teach intuitively without using any book and, also, cook and bake from scratch having had no prior knowledge in the area. Since I'm not well-conversant with how psychic powers operate, this part heightened my curiosity in the book as well as mesmerizing me. It is also in this section of the book that I was engrossed the most to the extent of barely noticing the passing of time.

All in all, there is nothing I disliked about this book. It was exceptionally edited since I did not find any typographical or grammatical errors. I'm, therefore, glad to award DeFacto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland by Judy Juanita 4 out of 4 stars. The story is both inspiring and educative. I highly recommend it to readers who would like to know about the history of how the black arts evolved. Also, it may appeal to those who are fascinated by mystic powers.

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Post by Prisallen » 21 Jun 2019, 16:22

I have to say that the parts on mystic powers intrigue me. I've never known anyone with the powers so I have to say I am a little skeptical. However, I would like to learn more. As a whole, the book sounds like it was very well written. Thank you for a superb review!

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Post by Fazzier » 30 Jun 2019, 07:17

Prisallen wrote:
21 Jun 2019, 16:22
I have to say that the parts on mystic powers intrigue me. I've never known anyone with the powers so I have to say I am a little skeptical. However, I would like to learn more. As a whole, the book sounds like it was very well written. Thank you for a superb review!
Indeed those parts are so fascinating. You'll be intrigued by all the things ‘Faith’ is capable of doing when using mystic powers. Thank you so much for the comment!

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Post by Janalyn101 » 30 Jun 2019, 09:21

I too am interested in the psychic aspect of this book. This was a great informative review and I really appreciate the time you took to be so detailed and yes informative, LOL! Although there was no mention of Langston Hughes who was a four father of black arts. I’m sure you didn’t mention everyone in the book. Also, the comment about how he knew women who has to so hard they broke the law, as if saying it is OK to break the law because they are hustling. I too had to make ends meet and didn’t break the law. People these days or two for giving up things that are unforgivable. That’s like saying they are not smart enough to know better it’s so therefore should be forgiven they are smart enough to know better! I know that wasn’t the stance you took and that you were just mentioning it. I am just one of those people who read into things and upset myself, LOL! Thanks for the very good review I cannot wait to read this book.

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Post by Nivi Gideon » 30 Jun 2019, 13:17

I love books of this nature and your review makes this a must read for me! Wonderful review!

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Post by Jaime Lync » 01 Jul 2019, 14:27

The title of this book kinda threw me off, but thanks to your review, I might give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

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Post by kdstrack » 04 Jul 2019, 12:03

I enjoyed your interesting review. I tend to stay away from psychic themes since one can never be sure where this ¨power" is emanating from. You give a good description of how the author's experiences affected her ideology. Great review!

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Post by Fazzier » 05 Jul 2019, 05:43

Janalyn101 wrote:
30 Jun 2019, 09:21
I too am interested in the psychic aspect of this book. This was a great informative review and I really appreciate the time you took to be so detailed and yes informative, LOL! Although there was no mention of Langston Hughes who was a four father of black arts. I’m sure you didn’t mention everyone in the book. Also, the comment about how he knew women who has to so hard they broke the law, as if saying it is OK to break the law because they are hustling. I too had to make ends meet and didn’t break the law. People these days or two for giving up things that are unforgivable. That’s like saying they are not smart enough to know better it’s so therefore should be forgiven they are smart enough to know better! I know that wasn’t the stance you took and that you were just mentioning it. I am just one of those people who read into things and upset myself, LOL! Thanks for the very good review I cannot wait to read this book.
Thank you so much for the comment. I understand the book contains many controversial topics, and I'm glad the psychic aspect of the book makes want to read it. I hope you get the chance to read it.

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Post by Fazzier » 05 Jul 2019, 05:47

Nivi Gideon wrote:
30 Jun 2019, 13:17
I love books of this nature and your review makes this a must read for me! Wonderful review!
Go for it! I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did. The author has really taken her time in making this book appealing to readers. Thank you so much, Gideon, for reading my review and commenting!

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Post by Fazzier » 05 Jul 2019, 05:51

Jaime Lync wrote:
01 Jul 2019, 14:27
The title of this book kinda threw me off, but thanks to your review, I might give it a try. Thanks for sharing.
I'm glad my review has given you a perspective of the book, and that you might give it a try. Thank you so much, Lync, for your comment!

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Post by Fazzier » 05 Jul 2019, 06:05

kdstrack wrote:
04 Jul 2019, 12:03
I enjoyed your interesting review. I tend to stay away from psychic themes since one can never be sure where this ¨power" is emanating from. You give a good description of how the author's experiences affected her ideology. Great review!
I also tended to stay away from psychic themes but, nowadays, I do read them just out of intellectual curiosity. However, due to my spiritual background, I cannot go to the extent of learning how to practice mysticism . Thank you so much, kdstrack, for your comment!

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