Monday, March 12, 2018

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist by Sunil Yapa

This bright cover contains an emotional slogan from the 1999 WTO protest in Seattle. This book follows a handful of characters, the main one being a young man who had run away from his cop stepfather in recent years, all of whose lives converge for a day at the protest. Told through alternating chapters, we find out each of their motivations for being at the trade meetings, on the job, on the streets, or with friends. By learning more about the humans behind such caricatures, it helps us understand how such a large event, built for the benefits of many, so quickly crumbled into a giant mess. This book contains violence. One reader might find the ending beautiful and poetic, another might find it incredibly heartbreaking. I hope you enjoy it.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try How It Went Down, by Kekla Magoon, The Rock and the River, by Kekla Magoon or Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Picoult]

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Recommended by Naomi S.
Eiseley Branch Library

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