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So, I’m working on a nonfiction work about women and minority figures throughout history who have been forgotten due to their race, gender, sexuality, etc.

My goal is to bring light to these people but my question is- as a white woman- is it wrong for me to write about the lives of black, Asian, native, etc. people, even if it’s researched? I plan to try and only use sources written by that community and anyone in the book who is still alive I want to interview them.

I’m a bisexual woman, but I am white, which obviously gives me privilege and I don’t want it to come across as me trying to speak over authors who are POC.

I just know that as a white author I’m sadly, more likely to be listened to, and I want to use that to uplift POC. But I just want to make sure I’m doing it in the most sensitive way I can.

I’d appreciate the input from POC. With everything going on with the BLM movement I want to help shine a light on all the good minorities have done for the world.

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Finished June 4, 2020. Three stars.

Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship by Kayleen Schaefer

I am in the habit of declaring that I have no friends. This is, of course, factually incorrect, but I am so protective of the word “friend” because I think it means more than just someone I hang out with because we work together or have class together and get along. So much so that I’ve definitely gotten into arguments with people about whether we’re friends or not. It just seems like a disservice to call someone who I get along with the same term that I call my very best friend who is the one who bought this book for me. Roommates and friends have actually made fun of me for how often I start sentences with “My best friend Katelyn,” to the point that just the other day one of these friends said “I Know who Katelyn is, you can just say her name.” Ha, sorry. Anyways, my very best friend Katelyn bought me this book (at my suggestion) for Galentine’s Day a few years ago, a holiday that we’ve been celebrating since my sophomore year of undergrad.

The book itself is fairly straightforward, talking about, yeah, exactly what the title says, kind of the evolution of female friendship, including lots of TV shows and movies as examples of shifting attitudes. The author includes lots of personal info about herself, her friendships, and her past. There were some interesting things throughout, like the section about the “mean girl” and “queen bee” stereotype, and some really good discussion about friends being supportive of life changes/decisions, and also when friendships fall apart. I guess I just didn’t feel like anything was particularly groundbreaking, her research didn’t wow me, the tone was overall very conversational. 

It was a sweet book, and a good reminder that I’m grateful for all the women in my life I call friends, even if I forget to send them Galentine’s Day presents, only sometimes respond to their texts, or speak to them twice a year. 

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Attention Artists!

We will be launching Volume 7 on Saturday, June 20th at 6pm – 8pm (CST) via Zoom!

Join us for live presentations of artists’ latest work during our first online Zoom launch. We will be posting the link to join the event in the next week or so. Until then, our official website will be down in preparation for the new issue but will be back up on June 6th!  Artists, be on the lookout: check your email next week for your final results (don’t forget to check your spam folder, too)!

Thank you for your patience in these difficult times and until then, take care and follow us on Facebook (@ChachalacaReview), Instagram (@ChachalacaReview), Tumblr (@ChachalacaReview), and Twitter (@TheChachalaca) for upcoming news, announcements, and more.

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-The Chachalaca Review

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“The Feather Thief” by Kirk Wallace Johnson is a masterful and captivating nonfiction that perfectly blends story with information. On a dark night in November of 2009, Edwin Rist broke into the Natural History Museum of Tring, England, and stole hundreds of priceless exotic bird skins from within the museums private vault. But how did he do it? How did he become obsessed with obtaining these valuable feathers? It all started many years ago, with the art of Victorian Fly Tying.

The Feather Thief is one of my favorite books of all time. A true crime and historic book that, even if you aren’t interested in fly tying or exotic birds, is sure to thrill, interest, and captivate you from page one until the end.

“Little did I know, my pursuit of justice would mean journeying deep into the feather underground, a world of fanatical fly-tiers and plume peddlers, cokeheads and big game hunters, ex-detectives and shady dentists. From the lies and threats, rumors and half-truths, revelations and frustrations, I came to understand something about the devilish relationship between man and nature and his unrelenting desire to lay claim to its beauty, whatever the cost.”
― Kirk W. Johnson, The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century

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