Cheryl Strayed had hit rock bottom, and then had managed to find a crevice in that rocky bed to sink herself even further into the despair of grief and regret. With nowhere to go and no one to help she made the single most impulsive decision of her life – she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. Alone.
How many times have you, either as a woman yourself or as someone talking to a person with double X chromosomes, heard phrases like ‘Oh I can’t do DIY, I’m not strong enough, or ‘I want to go for a run but it’s going to be dark soon’. The world we live in was designed by men, for men and as a result, is inherently biased against women. From power tools which are designed by default for the average male handspan to medication that was only ever tested on XY chromosome mice, and to urban planning which throws obstacles into the working woman’s life, this book exposes why ‘I’m sorry I’m just really bad at xyz’ should actually be ‘I’m sorry but this thing was not designed for someone like me.’
No turning back is a masterpiece of a work by journalist Rania Abouzeid who spent six years collecting these impactful stories from Syrians on all sides of the war. In mid 2013 the UN abandoned trying to count Syrian casualties due to difficulties in verifying the information, estimates put the death toll at 500,000 and half of the population is displaced. This book is history in its purest form, and Rania’s dedication to capture these stories is awe inspiring.