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CATALYSTS FOR CHANGE

HOW NONPROFITS AND A FOUNDATION ARE HELPING SHAPE VERMONT'S FUTURE

An entertaining and warmly human history.

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A study of how various nonprofits have brought about progressive change in the state of Vermont, as told through the story of a former nurse and foundation founder.

Wilhelm anchors his account of the varied work of Vermont foundations and other nonprofit organizations by focusing on the inspiring story of Claire Lintilhac. She moved to the state in 1958 after having received training as a nurse providing various maternity services for poor people in China. She brought this hard-won experience to Fletcher Allen Health Care, Vermont’s largest hospital at the time, and her later creation, the Lintilhac Foundation, which focuses on a range of health and environmental issues. She went on to work with other nonprofits on causes involving land conservation, responsible journalism, and many other topics—including, most centrally, maternity and child health care concerns. Wilhelm goes into granular detail about the history of the foundation’s early years and personal stories of those associated with it; he also shades in Lintilhac’s own personality, giving the book a prominent emotional element: “There was something radiant about her,” says Mary Gibson, a nurse who worked with her. “She just emanated compassion and kindness.” The narrative broadens to chronicle the spread of natural-childbirth advocacy in Vermont, among other issues. Although Wilhelm spends a bit too much time on Lintilhac’s personal story, he makes the rest of the book feel winningly personal, with engaging profiles and affecting black-and-white photos from various sources. Wilhelm also does a smooth, confident job of extending his story into unlikely corners of state history, as when he provides an account of Benedict Arnold’s lost gunboats.

An entertaining and warmly human history.

Pub Date: March 29, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-57869-082-4

Page Count: 310

Publisher: Rootstock Publishing

Review Posted Online: May 4, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2022

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WHAT THIS COMEDIAN SAID WILL SHOCK YOU

Maher calls out idiocy wherever he sees it, with a comedic delivery that veers between a stiletto and a sledgehammer.

The comedian argues that the arts of moderation and common sense must be reinvigorated.

Some people are born snarky, some become snarky, and some have snarkiness thrust upon them. Judging from this book, Maher—host of HBO’s Real Time program and author of The New New Rules and When You Ride Alone, You Ride With bin Laden—is all three. As a comedian, he has a great deal of leeway to make fun of people in politics, and he often delivers hilarious swipes with a deadpan face. The author describes himself as a traditional liberal, with a disdain for Republicans (especially the MAGA variety) and a belief in free speech and personal freedom. He claims that he has stayed much the same for more than 20 years, while the left, he argues, has marched toward intolerance. He sees an addiction to extremism on both sides of the aisle, which fosters the belief that anyone who disagrees with you must be an enemy to be destroyed. However, Maher has always displayed his own streaks of extremism, and his scorched-earth takedowns eventually become problematic. The author has something nasty to say about everyone, it seems, and the sarcastic tone starts after more than 300 pages. As has been the case throughout his career, Maher is best taken in small doses. The book is worth reading for the author’s often spot-on skewering of inept politicians and celebrities, but it might be advisable to occasionally dip into it rather than read the whole thing in one sitting. Some parts of the text are hilarious, but others are merely insulting. Maher is undeniably talented, but some restraint would have produced a better book.

Maher calls out idiocy wherever he sees it, with a comedic delivery that veers between a stiletto and a sledgehammer.

Pub Date: May 21, 2024

ISBN: 9781668051351

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: March 5, 2024

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2024

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BEYOND THE GENDER BINARY

From the Pocket Change Collective series

A fierce, penetrating, and empowering call for change.

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Artist and activist Vaid-Menon demonstrates how the normativity of the gender binary represses creativity and inflicts physical and emotional violence.

The author, whose parents emigrated from India, writes about how enforcement of the gender binary begins before birth and affects people in all stages of life, with people of color being especially vulnerable due to Western conceptions of gender as binary. Gender assignments create a narrative for how a person should behave, what they are allowed to like or wear, and how they express themself. Punishment of nonconformity leads to an inseparable link between gender and shame. Vaid-Menon challenges familiar arguments against gender nonconformity, breaking them down into four categories—dismissal, inconvenience, biology, and the slippery slope (fear of the consequences of acceptance). Headers in bold font create an accessible navigation experience from one analysis to the next. The prose maintains a conversational tone that feels as intimate and vulnerable as talking with a best friend. At the same time, the author's turns of phrase in moments of deep insight ring with precision and poetry. In one reflection, they write, “the most lethal part of the human body is not the fist; it is the eye. What people see and how people see it has everything to do with power.” While this short essay speaks honestly of pain and injustice, it concludes with encouragement and an invitation into a future that celebrates transformation.

A fierce, penetrating, and empowering call for change. (writing prompt) (Nonfiction. 14-adult)

Pub Date: June 2, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-593-09465-5

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Review Posted Online: March 14, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2020

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