It’s Jill Lepore’s contention in The Secret History of Wonder Woman that the superheroine has all along been a kind of “missing link” in American feminism—an imperfect but undeniable bridge between vastly distinct generations.
The Falling Sky is several things. It is the autobiography of Davi Kopenawa, one of Brazil’s most prominent and eloquent indigenous leaders. It is the most vivid and authentic account of shamanistic philosophy I have ever read. It is also a passionate appeal for the rights of indigenous people and a scathing condemnation of the damage wrought by missionaries, gold miners, and white people’s greed.