I have to say, I do kind of get tired of the kind of review that essentially says, "oh, the best parts of this are the 'exotic' bits, that will be fresh to the audience because they're so unusual, and the rest is old hat." What that kind of review says to me is that they're assuming the audience is white people.
Which is problematic in part because the non-white audience may well be less exposed to some of these ideas than the [upper-middle-class] white audience they have in mind, and in part just because -- well, why would you assume that? Why shouldn't the audience be mostly non-white, especially in such a diverse city as Chicago? It reminds me of the time my advisor asked who I intended my audience to be for Bodies in Motion, and I realized that I was hoping white folks would end up being just a small percentage of my audience -- that I was writing the book primarily to speak to the kind of people the book was about.
Anyway, the review irritated me. Maybe it's just sour grapes because she didn't like my pieces? Would be curious to know what others think.