BrownStyle Magazine’s Bookshelf: Top 5 Books To Read This November

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Happy November! As we come to the final chapters of the year, there’s no better time to cozy up with a hot cup of tea and a captivating book. Fortunately, the literary world has not disappointed. This month, we were introduced to a delightful selection of books that promise to cause conversation.

From profound explorations of mental health to tales of financial wisdom, this month’s bookshelf offers a diverse and intriguing array of titles. There are even books that encourage you to reflect on the power of community and our ever-changing relationships.

Check out BrownStyle Magazine’s Bookshelf below!

But Will You Love Me Tomorrow?: An Oral History of the '60s Girl Groups 

by Laura Flam

But Will You Love Me Tomorrow?: An Oral History Of The ’60s Girl Groups 

by Laura Flam

The girl group sound, made famous and unforgettable by acts like The Ronettes, The Shirelles, The Supremes, and The Vandellas, took over the airwaves by capturing the mixture of innocence and rebellion emblematic of America in the 1960s. 

As songs like “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Then He Kissed Me,” and “Be My Baby” rose to the top of the charts, girl groups cornered the burgeoning post-war market of teenage rock and roll fans, indelibly shaping the trajectory of pop music in the process. While the songs are essential to the American canon, many of the artists remain all but anonymous to most listeners. 

With more than 100 subjects that made the music, from the singers to the songwriters, to their agents, managers, and sound engineers—and even to the present-day celebrities inspired by their lasting influence–But Will You Love Me Tomorrow: An Oral History of 60s Girl Groups tells a national coming-of-age story that gives particular insight into the experiences of the female singers and songwriters who created the movement.

Wealth Secrets: A woman's guide to own and secure your financial future 
by Deborah Owens

Wealth Secrets: A Woman’s Guide To Own And Secure Your Financial Future

by Deborah Owens

It’s time to shatter the limitations of middle-class math and step into a world of true financial empowerment. In Wealth Secrets: A Woman’s Guide To Own And Secure Your Financial Future, Deborah Owens, America’s Wealth Coach, unveils the exclusive wealth-building insights of the one percent. 

Inside this book, you’ll uncover the closely guarded secrets that thousands of women have used to finally achieve the level of financial success they desire and deserve.

With high-net-worth strategies at your fingertips, you’ll retain more of what you earn than ever before. Wealth Secrets isn’t just about personal gain – it’s about creating a lasting legacy. 

Body rites: a holistic healing and embodiment workbook for Black survivors of sexual trauma 
by Shena J. Young

body rites: A Holistic Healing And Embodiment Workbook For Black Survivors Of Sexual Trauma 

by shena j. young, psy.d.

Body rites as a holistic healing journey, anchored in the practice of decolonizing healing and reclaiming body sovereignty, reaches back into indigenous roots and land-based healing. It centers on remembering as a means of survival.

This workbook is the first of its kind: a resource of rituals divided into four healing journeys for Black women, femmes, and nonbinary survivors of sexual assault. The experiential workbook moves beyond prescriptive self-help models by providing a gentle guide and liaison to explore the impact of sexual trauma on the mind, body, heart, and spirit. It is an invitation to heal holistically, drawing upon psychophysiology, lived body wisdom, trauma-informed embodiment practices, kinship and ancestral connections, and African spiritual practices. Most urgently, this book is a series of intimate conversations with your “self”; and remembrance that healing lives at the core of your intuition.

Decolonizing Therapy: Oppression, Historical Trauma, And Politicizing Your Practice 

by Jennifer Mullan

A call to action for therapists to politicize their practice through an emotional decolonial lens.

An essential work that centers colonial and historical trauma in a framework for healing, Decolonizing Therapy illuminates that all therapy is—and always has been— inherently political. To better understand the mental health oppression and institutional violence that exists today, we must become familiar with the root of disembodiment from our histories, homelands, and healing practices. Only then will readers see how colonial, historical, and intergenerational legacies have always played a role in the treatment of mental health.

This book is the emotional companion and guide to decolonization. It is an invitation for Eurocentrically trained clinicians to acknowledge privileged and oppressed parts while relearning what we thought we knew. Ignoring collective global trauma makes delivering effective therapy impossible; not knowing how to interrogate privilege (as a therapist, client, or both) makes healing elusive; and shying away from understanding how we as professionals may be participating in oppression is irresponsible.

Decolonizing Design: A Cultural Justice Guidebook 

by Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall 

A guidebook to the institutional transformation of design theory and practice by restoring the long-excluded cultures of Indigenous, Black, and People of Color communities.

From the excesses of world expositions to myths of better living through technology, modernist design, in its European-based guises, has excluded and oppressed the very people whose lands and lives it reshaped. 

Decolonizing Design first asks how modernist design has encompassed and advanced the harmful project of colonization—then shows how design might address these harms by recentering its theory and practice in global Indigenous cultures and histories.

A leading figure in the movement to decolonize design, Dori Tunstall uses hard-hitting real-life examples and case studies drawn from over fifteen years of working to transform institutions to better reflect the lived experiences of Indigenous, Black, and People of Color communities. Her book is at once enlightening, inspiring, and practical, interweaving her lived experiences with extensive research to show what decolonizing design means, how it heals, and how to practice it in our institutions today.

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