New BOOKS in the house! and thoughts.
All of these are library books. Usually, I am a ‘check-one-out-at-a-time’ kind of library patron. This time I splurged:
√ The Viking Portable Library of Dorothy Parker (I also listened to this for a double whammy reading experience)
The Orphans of Race Point by Patry Francis
(started) Tenth of December by George Saunders (because the Salon recommended it)
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen – YAY!! for my library book club.
Skinny Bitch Cookbook – is this the one you all are trying and posting photos on Instagram?!?!
(not shown) – The Aviator’s Wife. I’m still plugging along on this.
I denounce violence and racism and symbols of such: Put the Confederate flag in a museum. I also struggle with what seems like a call to legislate away evil. Laws will not make people be kind and respectful. Humans can suck. It’s all so scary and saddening and disheartening. But humans can be nice, too. Be brave, be kind, be courteous. Listen and learn.
Read Vasilly’s post and the links she includes for further reading. She has challenged me. My friend Debi also has questions and a mind to speak up.
For some reason, I receive the weekly Entertainment magazine and though it really isn’t keeping me knowledgeable about pop culture like it might, I did see a review of a book I had to add to my tbr:
I’m also reminded that I want to read more diverse books not only by diverse authors, not only fiction, but also nonfiction – historical and political. Suggestions are welcome. Sadly, the few books that I have on my tbr, I couldn’t find available at my library. I’m thinking I should buy them anyway, so that my purchasing power is distributed and highlights non-status quo channels. Here are a few:
May I suggest The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd for historical fiction recently read that features Denmark Vesey, a founder of Emanuel A.M.E.
My tears and admiration for the love and forgiveness demonstrated by the families of the nine dead in Charleston.