AnnieCannons 2021 Holiday Reading List

Have a little time off over the holidays to read a book or two? Here’s a list of books AC staff, graduates, and trainees are reading with links to Goodreads. We’ve got something for everyone! From self-help transformational reads, historical studies on racism, and an intro to eastern spiritualism, to a powerful, tragic and beautiful memoir of a Korean woman surviving tragedy and forging her own identify and a beautiful children’s book, we hope you find something of interest. What are you reading? Post it and tag us on social media and we’ll check it out!  Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour For fans of Sorry to Bother You and The Wolf of Wall Street—a crackling, satirical debut novel about a young man given a shot at stardom as the lone Black salesman at a mysterious, cult-like, and wildly successful startup where nothing is as it seems. There’s nothing like a Black salesman on a mission. An unambitious twenty-two-year-old, Darren lives in a Bed-Stuy brownstone with his mother, who wants nothing more than to see him live up to his potential as the valedictorian of Bronx Science. But Darren is content working at Starbucks in the lobby of a Midtown office building, hanging out …

Ethical Storytelling Initiative: “Mari”

*Mari is a 34-year-old “grateful woman in sobriety” who loves thrifting and supporting slow fashion and sustainability. She also loves sudoku puzzles and, even before joining AnnieCannons, had “an affinity for coding since early Myspace days.” Yet, rather than pursuing her love for code, Mari found herself fighting addiction and an eating disorder at the age of 15, conditions that stemmed from sexual trauma. By the time Mari was a high school senior, she was living on her own. It was during this time period when she met someone who recruited her into “the life.”  Mari is not alone. Evidence shows that addiction, among other risk factors, can increase an individual’s vulnerability to being trafficked, and is used as a “tool of coercion” by traffickers to entrap and control their victims. At the same time, substance use disorder can serve as a lifeline for victims’ survival, and a means to help them cope “with the physical and psychological traumas of being trafficked.” Mari concurs, recalling that her addiction and eating disorder “helped me to disassociate from the person I had to be in order to survive.”  By the time Mari discovered AnnieCannons, she had already gotten out of the life, …