Literary Remedies for when you're processing who you are
The Lies That Bind: Re-thinking Identity (Non-fiction) by Kwame Anthony Appiah
A wonderful deconstruction on identity and what makes identity, essentially a story that is rooted within us, so powerful. Appiah explores the contribution of nationality, race, gender and culture to a person's identity and the need to belong to a group that divides us versus finding the lowest common denominator which is that we are all human and sharing in our human experience should be sufficient to forge our identity.
A thoughtful book that reminds us that the identity that should bind us should be our human one rather than the labels that are enforced upon us, that can often be stifling, contradictory and unfulfilling.
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