Today you’ll meet Phimy Truong and Erika Thi Benjamin, best friends who share both a passion for work that creates positive change in the world AND practically identical reading taste (as you’ll hear, one of their favorites is shared). Today we’re chatting about the book that taught them radical self-care, how literature has helped them dive more deeply into understanding of their heritage, fictional characters who move between cultures, and the community building work Phimy and Erika are doing in LA through their democracy-driven book club SisterInsider.
This episode covers SO much ground; I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.
Let’s get to it!
If you’d like to connect with SisterInsider, follow them on Instagram @sisterinsiderbookclub – their next LA meeting is on February 16th! You can also follow Erika Thi Benjamin at @northamerika, and Phimy Truong at @elephantwomxn.
Books mentioned in this episode:
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♥♥ Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, by Adrienne Maree Brown
♥ Do Not Say We Have Nothing, by Madeleine Thien
♥ The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga
▵ Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad
▵ A Passage to India, by E. M. Forster
• The Girl in The Picture: The Story if Kim Phuc, the Photograph and the Vietnam War by Denise Chong
• Becoming, by Michelle Obama
• The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
• Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence — From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror, by Judith L. Herman
• The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex, by INCITE!
• When They Call You A Terrorist, by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
• Her Body and Other Parties,by Carmen Maria Machado
• An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones
• Feed The Resistance: Recipes + Ideas for Getting Involved, by Julia Turshen
• Strange Weather in Tokyo, by Hiromi Kawakami
• The Boat People, by Sharon Bala
• A Place For Us, by Fatima Farheen Mirza
• Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi
• What We Were Promised, by Lucy Tan
Has a book improved your self-care routine? Tell us in the comments!