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Human Book List: April 24

Book Title Book Description
Mission (Outta) Control: Barrios Sin Barreras

The story of a girl raised in poverty in SF’s Mission District by a Single Mom, Single Aunt, and Single Grandmother dodged gangs, drugs, and pitfalls of the streets. She takes what she learned in the business/finance world to build a bridge between the real world and education.

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Poet Laureate She is the Poet Laureate of San Mateo County. Her job is to celebrate and elevate the literary arts and make poetry more accessible to people in their everyday lives. But what does this mean? To find out more, check out this human book! Aileen is widely anthologized and is the author of two poetry collections and three chapbooks. She is also the publisher of Paloma Press and the editor of the online lit mag, MiGoZine. Sign up
Western Identity, Eastern Flavors: Growing up with South Asian She is a Bay Area Native; born in San Francisco, where her parents planted their Pakistani Roots. Growing up in a Western world with Eastern influences can attribute a medley of notes within an individual character. When the two cultures collide it can also be like mixing oil and water. So, what is it like to embrace both simultaneously? How do identities within these cultures conflict? And what do both of these worlds have in common for a woman? And more particularly, for women in pursuit of a pathway and future conventionally unorthodox for women (i.e. Engineering)? Sign up
A titleless book A trilingual book of Japanese, English, and Spanish. A Sociologist, a labor organizer, a dancer, and a mother; abhors individualism of America because her soul is shaped by the respect to the community, the collective, and social solidarity that she still carries in her blood since her childhood. Still, she fled Japan because of the shackle of the patriarchy she could not stand. Questioning, challenging, and fighting is what her father taught her, and what she teaches her daughter. Sign up
Legend of Latin Rock’s Rise From Darkness Into The Light This story covers the life of a up and coming musician who's life was afforded great opportunities to live a childhood dream of being a famous rock and roll star. He went from playing parties, high school dances, and festivals to headlining in Carnegie Hall, singing on American Bandstand with Dick Clark to rubbing shoulders with some to the great artist of the 70's. There was the glamorous life of luxury, often chauffeur-driven limousines to fantastic takeoffs in jets. These were the benefits of being a rock star. But for this legend of Latin Rock, the price he was to pay far exceeded his pay scale. One of the bitter fruits of his successful life was the ability to indulge and over indulge in activities that darken the soul and begin to extinguish the light of peace and happiness. The taste for music escaped his lips and the appetite for drugs and alcohol became his love and desire. With over 20 years of fighting with substance abuse, he managed to see a glimmer of light through the darkness and found his way out of the abyss." Sign up
Ser Educada- The New Mestiza From an intersectionality framework, this queer Chicana shares the cultural and educational work to navigate societal systems of power and privilege and the invisible borders that surround them. It is among the Borderlands, that Latinx women become experts at being a part of both worlds, home community and the academy. It is a space where the intersecting parts of one's identity come into full view and are honored. In this New Mestiza Consciousness, as Anzaldua describes, there is strength in the recognition of the sheer effort it takes to overcome barriers and obstacles that continue to oppress women of color, especially in the spaces of work and society. Ser Educada is a theoretical framework that analyzes the space in which Latinx women identify as "educada" from a home community lens with being "educada" in the academy, and how it informs this Chicana's perspective as a parent, a wife, a daughter, an educator, and a leader. Sign up
Never Tell Me the Odds She arrived in the United States when she was nine years old. Her life drastically changed during her sophomore year of high school when she found out she was undocumented. She faced bullying, threats, and severe harassment due to her status. Although there was no financial aid available to undocumented students when she graduated from high school, she insisted on pursuing higher education. On her journey, she developed her passions for music, art, dance, color guard, and serving her community. She worked three jobs throughout her undergrad but never gave up. She has since received her Bachelor's degree and has been featured in the New York Times. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree MA in Human Rights and continues to be an advocate for the undocumented community. Sign up
I Really Do See Things Differently I have monocular vision and have done many things to overcome limitations and stereotypes. Learning to turn physical and psychological limitations, into challenges to overcome and being creative in doing so. Continuing to do the things I did before I lost vision in one eye and new activities as well. It has been a journey, which continues on to new adventures. Sign up