On My Bookshelf: Kaia Stern
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING? Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison.
WHAT DREW YOU TO IT? An interest in truth telling, faith, and religion taking on the properties of an empire.
FAVORITE BOOK FROM CHILDHOOD AND WHY YOU LOVED IT. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. I loved the illustrations, how the mother helped with the wet socks, and how the boy thought and thought about his adventures in a pink bathtub.
MOST PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO HEAR YOU’VE NEVER READ... The directions for various appliances in our home.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BOOK TO ASSIGN TO CURRENT STUDENTS AND WHY? adrienne maree brown’s Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Words because it inspires us to think about transformation in new ways.
WAS THERE A FAVORITE BOOK YOU ASSIGNED TO STUDENTS WHEN YOU WERE TEACHING IN PRISONS? Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis. I assigned this book because it invited students to rethink the ways we punish and to reimagine justice. I especially appreciated conversation about her final chapter, “Abolitionist Alternatives.”
FAVORITE PLACE TO CURL UP WITH A GOOD BOOK? Near a fireplace or in a patch of sunlight.
NEXT UP: Danielle Sered’s book, Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair.