Book reviews: Making Faces & Face Forward

The covers of Making Faces and Face Forward, by Kevyn Aucoin. They both feature close ups of a made up woman's face.

In case you think I only read serious non-fiction, here are some entirely frivolous books I’ve read recently. Making Faces and Face Forward are instructional makeup books by the now deceased, internationally renowned makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin.

A black and white photo of a 30s Style man in tux with moustache and glam blonde haired woman.
Amber Valletta as Gable and Lombard. Most images from Pinterest.

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Book reviews: Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia & Growing Up African in Australia

I thought I’d share some more book reviews with you from my Instagram account (@siobhansimper, if you’re interested). Black Inc. books have been publishing anthologies in a Growing Up…In Australia series. The first published was Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia, and there have been many more after this (Growing Up African, Queer, Asian, with a Disabled anthology on the way too!). The first two I’ve read (Growing Up Aboriginal and Growing Up African) have been such fantastic reads that I’m determined to finish the series!

 

A book entitled

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More book reviews: Dark Emu, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race & Algorithms of Oppression

Over on Instagram, I’ve been reviewing some books I’ve read lately. I realise not everyone follows me on that platform, so here’s my latest book reviews. My current reading is focused on non-fiction anti-racism work, which these reviews reflect.

 

Book cover: Dark Emu, Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident? by Bruce Pascoe. Cover art is an artistic rendering of an emu's head with piercing stare.

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Book review: Ask Me About My Uterus & Doing Harm

My ability to read books comes and goes, but definitely spends more time in the “gone” category! At least compared to the regular nightly reading I used to accomplish with ease. Two books I completed sometime last year were Ask Me About My Uterus by Abby Norman and Doing Harm by Maya Dusenbery. Both books were about women’s experiences of chronic illness, written by women with chronic illness. They approached the topic from entirely different angles, which made for little overlap between them. Continue reading “Book review: Ask Me About My Uterus & Doing Harm”