Speak. connect. Act. Vote. 50 celebrated Americans Tell You WhyCelebrated Americans--from Adrian Grenier to Amber Tamblyn to Hayden Panettiere to Alice Walker-- share their compelling perspectives on voting and civic involvement in this one-of-a-kind book. Guest edited by actress America Ferrera, this collection of more than fifty essays and unique pieces explores topics rSpeak. connect. Act. Vote. 50 celebrated Americans Tell You WhyCelebrated Americans--from Adrian Grenier to Amber Tamblyn to Hayden Panettiere to Alice Walker-- share their compelling perspectives on voting and civic involvement in this one-of-a-kind book. Guest edited by actress America Ferrera, this collection of more than fifty essays and unique pieces explores topics ranging from "The First Time I Voted" to "Why the Personal is Political," all straight from the pens of public figures you know and admire. Read it--and then join them! Declare yourself....
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Declare Yourself: Speak. Connect. Act. Vote. More Than 50 Celebrated Americans Tell You Why Reviews
Reviewed by Candace Cunard for TeensReadToo.comThis book, directed at teens on the edge of the voting age, is brimming with essays by people who can't wait to tell you why you should vote. The "celebrated Americans" of the subtitle include everyone from athletes to movie stars to entertainment journalists, and for the most part, they all say the exact same thing: your vote really does count. Some of the essays were better than others. The most enjoyable are those by authors who reveal something of their personal experience with voting and the political process. One contributor writes about the old lady he's seen working at polling places in his area for years; another writes about the vote her father cast for FDR that could have gotten him killed, since as a black man in the south he was practically forbidden from going to the polls. My favorite essay in the entire book was Meg Cabot's defense of feminism, which she correctly defines as the desire for men and women to have equal rights, and which she points out has very little to do with wearing (or not wearing) bras, or shaving (or not shaving) one's legs. For the most part, the contributors refrain from affiliating themselves with a specific political party, but a clever reader could easily decode their covert references to specific issues and make a good guess about where they stand. The contributors fall short when they begin to deliver platitudes, and at times the essays read like everything you've ever been told about why you should vote. The main shortcoming of the book is hinted at by James Kotecki in his essay, "The Cynical Revolution." And that is: would someone who is actually apathetic about voting pick up and read this book? To this, I add a second question: if they did, would they be lucky enough to open up to one of the essays that's good enough to convince them to vote? Overall, DECLARE YOURSELF is more likely to act as affirmation for those teens who've already made the decision to be voters. It does contain resources for people who think that voting means more than just casting a ballot on election day. The back of the book lists contact information for groups, organizations, political action committees, and others that readers may wish to contact. It also lists tips for getting involved in politics on the local level and offers a glossary of terms the aspiring politico needs to know. It might not be the way to convince teens that voting is the cool thing to do, but it's reassuring to know that someone's making the effort to reach out to the age group with the lowest representation in the polls and get them to do something about it.
I loved this book. It talked about voting and why you should vote, who to chose as the right candidate. They asked about 50 people to write about voting in this book so I got a different perspective from each of them. One person said most people they knew who did not vote said that there vote was like a drop in the ocean and I remembered one of our Christmas cards that we made had a quote by Mother Teresa "What we do is less than a drop in the ocean but if it were missing the ocean would lack something". When I thought about it more that really made me think about what I do effecting the earth. I got very connected to this book and think almost anyone can read this and enjoy it.
This from the point of many actors, singers, and authors. it makes you think on how yu want to view life and decisions you make. it shows how after many struugles someone might go through they can still be succesfull.
I loved Henry Rollins' part in the book. Basically, its important to vote. If you don't..don't whine/complain!! You didn't choose!
OK, so I actually haven't read the other essays in this book yet, but newly on Amazon, May 20th, one of the essays is by me.Others are by less important writers (clearly) like Maya Angelou.
it persuaded me to vote in the future