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  • Anuradha Bhagwati presents Unbecoming: A Memoir of Disobedience in conversation with JACLYN FRIEDMAN

    Harvard Book Store welcomes activist and Marine Corps veteran ANURADHA BHAGWATI for a discussion of her debut book, Unbecoming: A Memoir of Disobedience. She will be joined in conversation by JACLYN FRIEDMAN, author of Unscrewed: Women, Sex, Power, and How to Stop Letting the System Screw Us All. …

    Harvard Book Store welcomes activist and Marine Corps veteran ANURADHA BHAGWATI for a discussion of her debut book, Unbecoming: A Memoir of Disobedience. She will be joined in conversation by JACLYN FRIEDMAN, author of Unscrewed: Women, Sex, Power, and How to Stop Letting the System Screw Us All.

    About Unbecoming

    After a lifetime of buckling to the demands of her strict Indian parents, Anuradha Bhagwati abandons grad school in the Ivy League to join the Marines—the fiercest, most violent, most masculine branch of the military—determined to prove herself there in ways she couldn’t before.

    Yet once training begins, Anuradha’s G.I. Jane fantasy is punctured. As a bisexual woman of color in the military, she faces underestimation at every stage, confronting misogyny, racism, sexual violence, and astonishing injustice perpetrated by those in power. Pushing herself beyond her limits, she also wrestles with what drove her to pursue such punishment in the first place.

    Once her service concludes in 2004, Anuradha courageously vows to take to task the very leaders and traditions that cast such a dark cloud over her time in the Marines. Her efforts result in historic change, including the lifting of the ban on women from pursuing combat roles in the military.

    A tale of heroic resilience grappling with the timely question of what, exactly, America stands for, Unbecoming is about one woman who learned to believe in herself in spite of everything. It is the kind of story that will light a fire beneath you, and inspire the next generation of indomitable female heroes.

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  • H.M. Naqvi presents The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack

    Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed novelist H.M. NAQVI—author of Home Boy—for a discussion of his new novel, The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack. About The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack Winner of the inaugural DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, H.M. Naqvi follows his …

    Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed novelist H.M. NAQVI—author of Home Boy—for a discussion of his new novel, The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack.

    About The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack

    Winner of the inaugural DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, H.M. Naqvi follows his critically-lauded debut Home Boy with The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack, an enthralling novel about one unforgettable and gloriously unaccomplished man, his impending death, and the history and life of his bustling, shape-shifting city.

    Abdullah, bachelor, and scion of a once prominent family, awakes on the morning of his seventieth birthday and considers launching himself over the balcony. Having spent years attempting to compile a “mythopoetic legacy” of his beloved Karachi, the cosmopolitan heart of Pakistan, Abdullah has lost his zeal. A surprise invitation for a night out from his old friend Felix Pinto snaps Abdullah out of his funk, and saddles him with a ward―Pinto’s adolescent grandson Bosco. As Abdullah plays mentor to Bosco, he also attracts the romantic attentions of Jugnu, an enigmatic siren with links to the mob. All the while Abdullah’s brothers’ plot to evict him from the family estate. Now he must to try to save his home―or face losing his last connection to his familial past. Anarchic, erudite, and rollicking, with a septuagenarian protagonist like no other, The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack is a joyride of a story set against a kaleidoscopic portrait of one of the world’s most vibrant cities.

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  • Rachel Louise Snyder presents No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us in conversation with SUZANNE DUBUS

    Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning journalist RACHEL LOUISE SNYDER for a discussion of her latest book, No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us. She will be joined in conversation by SUZANNE DUBUS, the CEO of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center. About No Visible…

    Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning journalist RACHEL LOUISE SNYDER for a discussion of her latest book, No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us. She will be joined in conversation by SUZANNE DUBUS, the CEO of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center.

    About No Visible Bruises

    We call it domestic violence. We call it private violence. Sometimes we call it intimate terrorism. But whatever we call it, we generally do not believe it has anything at all to do with us, despite the World Health Organization deeming it a “global epidemic.” In America, domestic violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime, and yet it remains locked in silence, even as its tendrils reach unseen into so many of our most pressing national issues, from our economy to our education system, from mass shootings to mass incarceration to #MeToo. We still have not taken the true measure of this problem.

    In No Visible Bruises, journalist Rachel Louise Snyder gives context for what we don't know we're seeing. She frames this urgent and immersive account of the scale of domestic violence in our country around key stories that explode the common myths—that if things were bad enough, victims would just leave; that a violent person cannot become nonviolent; that shelter is an adequate response; and most insidiously that violence inside the home is a private matter, sealed from the public sphere and disconnected from other forms of violence. Through the stories of victims, perpetrators, law enforcement, and reform movements from across the country, Snyder explores the real roots of private violence, its far-reaching consequences for society, and what it will take to truly address it.

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