Torrey Maldonado, Pico Iyer, and Faitth Brooks
On the Podcast: Torrey Maldonado, Pico Iyer, and Faitth Brooks

In this episode, meet teacher and author Torrey Maldonado, author of Hands, writer Pico Iyer, author of The Half Known Life, and activist, social worker, and writer Faitth Brooks, author of Remember Me Now. Press play to hear the personal reasons these authors were inspired to write their books.

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Trev would do anything to protect his mom and sisters, especially from his potentially violent stepdad. Rather than live scared, Trev starts learning to box. But everyone isn’t a fan of his plan, because Trev’s a talented artist, and his hands could actually help him build a better future. Ultimately, Trev knows his future is in his hands, and his hands are his own, and he has to choose how to use them.

Author: Pico Iyer
Read By: Pico Iyer

Paradise: that elusive place where the anxieties, struggles, and burdens of life fall away. In The Half Known Life, traveling from Iran to North Korea, from the Dalai Lama’s Himalayas to the ghostly temples of Japan, Pico Iyer brings together a lifetime of explorations to upend our ideas of utopia and ask how we might find peace in the midst of difficulty and suffering.

When Breonna Taylor was killed, her police report was virtually blank. Feeling as if she was suffocating in the silence, anti-racism educator and activist Faitth Brooks wondered, “Would the world care about and remember me if I was killed?” In Remember Me Now, which is part manifesto, part love letter to Black women, Faitth grapples with this answer, charting the story of her activist grandparents and ancestors, as well as chronicling her own journey as the first-generation suburbs kid who becomes an activist and organizer herself.

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