This was a book from earlier in the year for my book club. The one thing j can say is that purchasing this caused Amazon to recommend "Dear White PeopThis was a book from earlier in the year for my book club. The one thing j can say is that purchasing this caused Amazon to recommend "Dear White People"; I watched the movie and loved it. This? It couldn't keep my interest and I put it down. I picked it up this week while on a business trip and finished it because I hadn't read a book this month and need to keep up with my reading challenge. I couldn't tell where she was going with the book and what the point was. I could relate to some of the stories about her Sengalese family, because traditions from many African countries are similar to those of the Caribbean. I could relate to some of her awkwardness as I too am an awkward black girl (can't dance; fashion style was less than nonexistent when I was in high school; my mom didn't want me watching R-rated movies or listening to rap) - but you wouldn't want to read a book about that....that's what this was. Maybe it's because I'm old. Lol. Nope!!! You can do much better. Dear White People - go for it!!! :-)...more
Interesting collection of stories. Some of them were quite humorous, while others left me feeling pensive. It wasn't what I'd expected, but I'm not suInteresting collection of stories. Some of them were quite humorous, while others left me feeling pensive. It wasn't what I'd expected, but I'm not sure what exactly I'd expected. :-)...more
Well, I would like to give this 3.5 stars, but you can't with Goodreads, so I didn't downgrade him. :-) It's not that I didn't like it - I did. He's aWell, I would like to give this 3.5 stars, but you can't with Goodreads, so I didn't downgrade him. :-) It's not that I didn't like it - I did. He's a very good writer, very vivid storytelling, and I listed to it as an audiobook and he was the narrator - so I enjoyed that. I also enjoyed very much the section about his time at Howard - as with most Howard grads I know, they view their time there with something akin to fanaticism. The book revisits the Prince Jones murder, and reminded me how easily we forget the bad things that have happened, and continue to happen to black people at the hands of the police, and how, given that Prince died in 2000, nothing much has changed. He reminded me that I need to get up and act.
People on Amazon have given it bad reviews because he's an atheist. Lol. He makes no secret of that. I actually picked it up because he's an atheist. People also don't like the fact that he doesn't feel that the 9/11 police and fire officers are heroes. Everyone's entitled to their opinion. Give it a read - I think you'll appreciate it. He's definitely hot on the circuit right now....more
I inhaled this book over the last two nights. It's amazing, powerful, eyeopening, guilt-inducing, makes-you-angry, makes-you-cry. Bryan Stevenson descI inhaled this book over the last two nights. It's amazing, powerful, eyeopening, guilt-inducing, makes-you-angry, makes-you-cry. Bryan Stevenson describes his work seeking justice for the oppressed as he tells the stories of several prisoners for whom he and EJI sought release from prison (for wrongful convictions) and reduction in sentences (for horribly cruel and unusual punishments, especially those forced on children). The details of prison life are horrific. The details about law enforcement in Monroe County, AL, and their complete disregard for justice will sicken and disgust you. But the book will leave you hopeful. EJI has done and continues to do AWESOME, AWESOME work, and their success shows that if we keep fighting, we CAN implement change, a little at a time. One of my favorite sections in the book is when Stevenson contemplates giving up, after the Supreme Court denied a stay of execution for one of his clients, and he had to share this info with the man, about an hour before he was scheduled to be executed. His discourse on brokenness and why we ALL need to acknowledge that we have received mercy and therefore should be quick to extend it should change the mindset of anyone who reads this.
Read this!!! With the current climate in our country regarding police shootings and #blacklivesmatter, and people wondering whether there is still a need to talk about race, this book will show you that race and poverty will never go away. Let's just stop pretending that they will, and instead, look for ways that we can, like EJI is doing, do something about them....more
The book is titled "The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace" - so you know he's going to die. But you spend the entire book rooting for him and wishThe book is titled "The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace" - so you know he's going to die. But you spend the entire book rooting for him and wishing that he wouldn't make the choices that eventually led to his death. It's very easy to be judgmental and say "what a waste", but what can I, as a child who took her first plane ride at three months, and hasn't stopped flying since, and had a mother who worked at the schools I attended so she could be there to chauffeur me to all of my extracurricular activities, and a dad who worked and was around in our lives - what truly can I saw to Rob Peace about how he should have lived? This book should inspire all of us to do whatever we can to battle the poverty and crime that continues to destroy our brilliant black boys. I cannot imagine the amount of interviews Jeff Hobbs had to do to complete this book. It speaks to the testament of Rob's friends and family that they were willing to share his story with us. Read this one....more
This was a quick read. It's a look at the political career of Mitch McConnell - starting with his elections in high school and college and moving on tThis was a quick read. It's a look at the political career of Mitch McConnell - starting with his elections in high school and college and moving on through his career in Kentucky and Washington, DC. It's a sad book in a way, because it explains some of the reason we can't seem to have any cooperation between the parties on Washington, DC. When someone's goal is to make sure the president doesn't succeed, just because he is from a different party, even if his policies help Americans, I think we are nearing the point of no return. It is also distressing to see now much influence people and organizations with money have on what happens in Congress. ...more