This series is beautiful and moving, informative, uplifting, and vitally important. It was so when the series was conceived and begun, but moreso in tThis series is beautiful and moving, informative, uplifting, and vitally important. It was so when the series was conceived and begun, but moreso in the intervening years as little by little the progress outlined in these books, forged by the civil rights movement decades ago, is being whittled away.
I hope to see a day when this is merely history and not a warning, a call to vigilance. These books should be required reading in public schools across the nation. Representative John Lewis is a living national treasure, the last living legend of the 20th century civil rights era. That makes him sound like Captain America, and in a way he is, except he's real.
March covers John's early life and the beginnings of his involvement in peaceful protest. He embraced nonviolence fully then and continues to do so today. March rightfully and clearly outlines the events and the atmosphere that lead to the need for the March from Selma to Montgomery, and the marches that preceded it.
The March continues today, as voting rights have been turned back, as hate and bigotry have once again moved to the forefront of our nation and government. Let this be our guide to resistance. The moral arc of the universe is long (the key word here), and it bounces as it tends toward justice. But it only moves there if we will it.
A final note on the wonderfully expressive art. The storytelling is clear, and the style is very reminiscent of African-American styles that sprang from the era, but seems strongly influenced by manga art styles as well....more
I liked the book, more Abby's portions than her co-writer (who couldn't set her personal agendas aside long enough to simply tell Abby's story).
I follI liked the book, more Abby's portions than her co-writer (who couldn't set her personal agendas aside long enough to simply tell Abby's story).
I followed the end of Abby's adventure "live" as it was unfolding online. It was engaging and she's an amazing young woman who will likely do whatever she sets out to accomplish.
The book gives background to Abby's family, life and prelude to her trip, then covers her journey. In a way, her attempt to circumnavigate the world solo is s miniature Moby Dick, complete with nautical details. (The fanaticism parallel is there too though not from Abby of course but her co-author.)
As interesting as Abby's story and her account are, Lynn Vincent brought the narrative down and made this a months-long chore to read.
Having read Abby's blog, I had a feel for her unfiltered voice. She's intelligent, passionate about her family and sailing. She is a woman of string faith, as well, but Vincent pushes this to extremes and brings the family's faith to the forefront to pelt the reader with it at every opportunity. (There are even some of Abby's own passages that feel edited or directed by Ms. Vincent.)
Oddly, Vincent also takes a defensive stance, almost apologizing for the family while presenting them. Where Abby's vice is forthright and direct, Lynn is practically whiny. This is not the way any of them have been portrayed not presented themselves on Abby's blog.
I'm pleased to have bought the book and am sure that Ms. Sunderland (and the rest of her remarkable family) will go far. But I think I'll avoid any other books written or co-written by Sarah Palin's ghost writer....more