Absolutely beautiful. Luna's journey as a magic child to a young woman is warm and complicated. I really loved how all the pieces of her story fell toAbsolutely beautiful. Luna's journey as a magic child to a young woman is warm and complicated. I really loved how all the pieces of her story fell together. An incredible book with witches and dragons and a swamp monster, and of course, ordinary human love. ...more
"...It's easy to take the moral high road on a social issue when your personal commitment to the principals you espouse remains largely untested. It's"...It's easy to take the moral high road on a social issue when your personal commitment to the principals you espouse remains largely untested. It's easy to point a finger at the egregious violation of basic human rights going on elsewhere in the country and ignore the widespread, if less obvious, violations going on in your own backyard.
"Contemporary Minnesotans are often genuinely shocked to hear that there was active, ongoing slavery at Fort Snelling from the 1820s through the 1850s- and that as recently as the mid-1950s, black residents and visitors to Minnesota were refused service at restaurants and hotels, even in the downtown Twin Cities. Housing and job discrimination were as prevalent here as they were anywhere else in the country. White Minnesota is part and parcel of White America, after all, and is profoundly influenced by the same prejudice and bigotry that has been so omnipresent in the rest of the country. But up here in the cool blue North, there was no long, bitter history of blood on the soil between black and white, no multigenerational saga of mutual hatred and violence."
- David Lawrence Grant, "People Like Us"
As a white person in Minnesota, this is necessary and difficult reading. I am justly proud of my state. We are L'etoile du Nord, I tell people. Set your compass by us. We are urban and rural, but progressive. We are home to the largest Hmong population outside of Laos, and we have opened our boarders and our hearts to immigrants and refugees from all over the world.
But because I am white, I am blind, so blind, to the hardships faced by people of color.
This book is a glimpse into the racism that bleeds into even my beloved state. We are not perfect. We have a lot of work to do, reaching as far back as our relationship with our native populations, namely the Ojibwa/Anishinaabe and Dakota people that were here before us, who's trust in white settlers is continuously violated (I see you, Standing Rock, and I stand with you). We have a lot of work to do to include our black/African American neighbors, and of course, newcomers to the US from Somalia, from Syria, from any number of places. We have work to do with our Hispanic/latinx neighbors. More still work to do with our neighbors from Asian cultures, a blanket too big to properly describe the diversity that means (India, China, Japan, Korea, Laos, Vietnam, the list goes on and on).
This is a hard book to read. I went slowly, chapter by chapter, absorbing as much as I could. I sat with my own discomfort, reflected on my own experiences with people of color. I understand that no one voice can represent their entire community, so I feel called to listen more, to learn more, to act on what I have learned so far.
But mostly I feel called to elevate these very diverse voices.
This book hit me hard after a difficult election. I'm glad I read it when I did.
Though the weather here is very cold, my heart is warm, and it is open. I will do my best in the next four years and beyond to listen, learn, and act. ...more
I read this baby in like, 30 minutes on a train across the Cities. It was nothing, totally fluff. Cute fluff, but Rowell doesn't really have anythingI read this baby in like, 30 minutes on a train across the Cities. It was nothing, totally fluff. Cute fluff, but Rowell doesn't really have anything exciting to say about fan culture that is particularly revolutionary to those in the fandom.
That said, I like that for once, the person defending the Star Wars prequels is the boy, even if he didn't do an especially good job of it. Still pretty refreshing. But that's like, one footnote in the story.
If you like Star Wars (or even are obsessed with it like I am), this is a cute little fix, not harmful at all. Obviously written before VII, haha. Was there ever such a time? ...more
I wanted more ...depth from this. I am spoiled and have high standards for my fairytale origin stories. I still learned some lovely and good things frI wanted more ...depth from this. I am spoiled and have high standards for my fairytale origin stories. I still learned some lovely and good things from this book, but I also felt we spent too much time in Adams' head. I don't hold it against her, but... I wanted more of a connection between mer stories, not a description of every pearl earring she owned. I also wear a lot of pearls. It wasn't what I was expecting. ...more
Short humorous epistolary style summaries between characters that you recognize from your English classes. It made me miss the Toast a little less forShort humorous epistolary style summaries between characters that you recognize from your English classes. It made me miss the Toast a little less for the time it took me to read, only to miss it more once I was done. <3 ...more