A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one. – George RR Martin
A History of the Baltic States by Andres Kasekamp
I’ll let y’all in on a small secret: I’m currently considering applying for a Fulbright grant to conduct research in the Baltics. So, I’m brushing up on my Baltic history, which has generally been neglected by the European scholarship, despite its loooooooong and rich history. Stay tuned for a review, if obscure histories are also your thing!
Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape by Susan Brownmiller
First published in 1975, Susan Brownmiller’s book about rape was widely credited for bringing a previously taboo topic into the spotlight and for launching a process of reshaping public attitudes about rape. The book remains as relevant and potent today as it was 40+ years ago, presenting a body of multidisciplinary research on the subject from tackling the biological aspects of rape to examining the history of rape as a tool of war. I don’t expect this to be an easy read, but I think that it is an important work — and here I hesitate to say “for any woman” or “for any activist,” because, truly, it is important for any human being. You can expect a thorough review when I’m finished. [Update: I haven’t given up on the book. However, given the subject matter, it is something I prefer to read in small doses.]