The Bookshop Chronicles

Chapter 51: Meet My Friend, Melissa Ahmed

September 28, 2021

Here's what I want you to do. You trust me, right? I'm not going to ask to to dance in the street singing New Kids in The Block in your underwear, come on.

I want you to listen to this episode and then SHARE IT. This conversation with Melissa Ahmed is too good not to share. She is an avid reader, mother of 2 young girls, a Homeschooling teacher, and advocate for social justice, a feminist who seeks to intelligently raise the bar for women, and a Muslim. She was homeless for a period of time in her young life, and she has always turned to books as her safe place, her refuge and ally against a hard world. Melissa and I have become friends at the bookstore and I cannot imagine the space without her. She believes strongly, loves fiercely and fights daily. I am so grateful for you, Melissa. Thank you for sharing some of your story with me and for being my Friend. xo


Books Discussed:

Starlight Tour: The Last Lonely Night of Neil Stonechild   by Susanne Reber

That Was Then, This is Now   by S.E. Hinton

No Promises in the Wind  by Irene Hunt

Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls   by Jessica Diarmid

Five Little Indians  by Michelle Good


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Podcast theme music created and performed by the incredible Kerri Bridgen.

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