SOCIAL SCIENCES

Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution

Crown Archetype. Mar. 2019. 272p. ISBN 9781984822987. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781984823007. SOC SCI
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The "era of ignition" is actress/author Tamblyn's term for the time following a crisis, when dramatic but ultimately positive changes take place. Her new book is divided between a recounting of her own "era of ignition," when she began exploring paths outside of acting, and the one she feels the country is currently undergoing in the wake of political upheavals and nationwide feminist activism. The strongest chapters touch on personal matters—Tamblyn's fears of mothering a daughter in the current world, her part in the #TimesUp movement, her struggles to find industry support for her first directorial work. And though the material in the wider-focused chapters will already be known to readers familiar with current discussions on feminism and intersectionality, the author's passion for her chosen topics is palpable, and she's to be credited for including minority voices (Airea D. Matthews and Meredith Talusan) in the chapters focusing on race and gender.
VERDICT The overall content might be well-trodden territory for some, but Tamblyn's fervor and willingness to lay her own thoughts and emotions bare make this a powerful read for anyone ready to take a deeper look at issues facing women today. [See Prepub Alert, 9/10/18.]

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