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Drawing vibrant connections between the colonization of whole nations, the health of the mountainsides and the abuse of individual women, children and men, Medicine Stories offers the paradigm of integrity as a political model to people who hunger for a world of justice, health and love.


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Drawing vibrant connections between the colonization of whole nations, the health of the mountainsides and the abuse of individual women, children and men, Medicine Stories offers the paradigm of integrity as a political model to people who hunger for a world of justice, health and love.

30 review for Medicine Stories: History, Culture and the Politics of Integrity

  1. 5 out of 5

    Aurora Morales

    South End Press sent out a call for manuscripts to selected writers in late 1997 or early 1998. I was in the middle of finishing my book Remedios, and consulted my other and collaborator about whether to take it on. She said to do it, but not worry, to write a B+ book not strive for A+. As a result, I wrote it easily, without anxiety, and have been astonished at how widely it is read, quoted and used by young activists exploring the politics of trauma and healing, the meaning and uses of histori South End Press sent out a call for manuscripts to selected writers in late 1997 or early 1998. I was in the middle of finishing my book Remedios, and consulted my other and collaborator about whether to take it on. She said to do it, but not worry, to write a B+ book not strive for A+. As a result, I wrote it easily, without anxiety, and have been astonished at how widely it is read, quoted and used by young activists exploring the politics of trauma and healing, the meaning and uses of historical memory and other issues I write about in this essay collection.

  2. 5 out of 5

    William Lawrence

    "But abuse is the local eruption of systemic oppression, and oppression the accumulation of millions of small systematic abuses." "But abuse is the local eruption of systemic oppression, and oppression the accumulation of millions of small systematic abuses."

  3. 4 out of 5

    cj

    Medicine Stories serves up a hefty dose of soul-stirring wisdom that empowers us to dream up new futures. Morales' ability to capture such a well-rounded scope of interconnected histories and ideas had me head-nodding and poetry-snapping until the very last page. (Note: Originally published in the late '90s, so expect some dated language here.) Medicine Stories serves up a hefty dose of soul-stirring wisdom that empowers us to dream up new futures. Morales' ability to capture such a well-rounded scope of interconnected histories and ideas had me head-nodding and poetry-snapping until the very last page. (Note: Originally published in the late '90s, so expect some dated language here.)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Drick

    Aurora Levins Morales, a long time feminist and anti-racism activist has put together a series of essays that are poignantly written and speak of both the personal and political experiences of oppression in an integrated way. Born to a Puerto Rican mother and a Russian Ashkenazi Jewish father, Morales explores and extends her multiple identities as Latina, Jew, a woman of privilege, a woman of color, feminist and abuse survivor. In her first essay she draws a connection between abuse and oppress Aurora Levins Morales, a long time feminist and anti-racism activist has put together a series of essays that are poignantly written and speak of both the personal and political experiences of oppression in an integrated way. Born to a Puerto Rican mother and a Russian Ashkenazi Jewish father, Morales explores and extends her multiple identities as Latina, Jew, a woman of privilege, a woman of color, feminist and abuse survivor. In her first essay she draws a connection between abuse and oppression that is stunningly clear in its simplicity. As she tells her own stories - medicine stories, that is stories of healing - you hear your own story reflected. She deals with racism, sexism, abuse, language, privilege, sexuality and many other topics in this thin but potent book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alisa

    Aurora Levins Morales writes with such intimacy that the reader feels her strength, her resilience, her story that I finished the book inspired to write. She reminds us that the practice of our cultures is revolutionary and a needed tool to resist the "other" placed upon each of us. A short book, but take your time to take in each essay. You will not regret it. Aurora Levins Morales writes with such intimacy that the reader feels her strength, her resilience, her story that I finished the book inspired to write. She reminds us that the practice of our cultures is revolutionary and a needed tool to resist the "other" placed upon each of us. A short book, but take your time to take in each essay. You will not regret it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    This book changed the way I looked at healing, complex intersectionality, and trauma. I've read it so many times...and never have it too far from my fingertips. x This book changed the way I looked at healing, complex intersectionality, and trauma. I've read it so many times...and never have it too far from my fingertips. x

  7. 5 out of 5

    Clivemichael

    Inspiring reflections on cultural influence. Well articulated. “Earth-centered cultures everywhere held our kinship with land and animals and plants as core knowledge, central to living. The land had to be soaked with blood and that knowledge, those cultures shattered, before private ownership could be erected. It wasn’t just theft.” “…it is no longer useful to…keep defining and elaborating our understandings of the exact nature of racism, sexism, class and sexual orientation as if they ever opera Inspiring reflections on cultural influence. Well articulated. “Earth-centered cultures everywhere held our kinship with land and animals and plants as core knowledge, central to living. The land had to be soaked with blood and that knowledge, those cultures shattered, before private ownership could be erected. It wasn’t just theft.” “…it is no longer useful to…keep defining and elaborating our understandings of the exact nature of racism, sexism, class and sexual orientation as if they ever operated in isolation. “Love is subversive, undermining the propaganda of narrow self-interest. Love emphasizes connection, responsibility and the joy we take in each other. Therefore love (as opposed to unthinking devotion) is a danger to the status quo and we have been taught to find it embarrassing.”

  8. 5 out of 5

    Miko Lee

    A series of thoughtful and well researched essays around healing and transformative justice. Love the topic areas focused on areas from curanderas to class, privilege and radical pleasure. From the eyes of a progressive brilliant biracial middle class Puerto Rican Jewish American.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Debmeinke

    For a book written over 20 years ago, the topics and the author's views are still terribly relevant to the world today. White people have chosen not to learn much, sadly. For a book written over 20 years ago, the topics and the author's views are still terribly relevant to the world today. White people have chosen not to learn much, sadly.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mills College Library

    814.54 L6658m 2019

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tucker

    Grapples with big issues in a way that is hopeful and empowering.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Some of the best essays about organizing, trauma, strategy, justice and identity that I’ve ever read. Anyone who does social change work needs to definitely pick this up!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    My favorite book on why history is so essential. The Historian as Curandera is an amazing essay. Morales urges us to view history as a way to build hope for marginalized folk, making for better movement building. She also argues that we embrace the complexity of our own personal histories as well as those of our peoples.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tanuja

    I want to memorize and live Every. Single. Word.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sascha Altman-DuBrul

    this is my current guidebook to life

  16. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    I didn't get too far into this before I had to return it but what I read was fantastic. Will definitely pick it up again soon. I didn't get too far into this before I had to return it but what I read was fantastic. Will definitely pick it up again soon.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Colin

    Omg. So amazing. Everyone should read this book!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Law

    Almost a year later, the copy I reserved at the library finally came in (along with Brian Selznick's Wonderstruck, which I reserved a day or so ago). Almost a year later, the copy I reserved at the library finally came in (along with Brian Selznick's Wonderstruck, which I reserved a day or so ago).

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    like new inscription inside

  20. 4 out of 5

    Masha

  21. 5 out of 5

    Erica

  22. 5 out of 5

    Hollie

  23. 5 out of 5

    S. Ayleen Edwin

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ariel ryan

  25. 5 out of 5

    Janiece Murphy

  26. 5 out of 5

    Steph

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bita

  28. 5 out of 5

    Qazi Gulfam

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dolores Muniz

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jonah Aline

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