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Monthly Book Suggestions > Free-for-all (January 2019)

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Mariah Roze (mariahroze) | 1377 comments Mod
What diversity book should we cover in January?

The past couple months we have covered the diversity topics: Gender Stereotypes, Mental Health, Abilities/Disabilities, Historical Event, True Crime, Immigration Status, race/ethnicity, LGBTQ+, religious practices and beliefs, classism, Ageism, Men & Masculinity, and Disease & Illness.

Before we start over again on choosing themes and topics for our Group Read we'll do a free-for-all for books. Suggest any book(s) that you believe covers a diversity topic and/or theme and share what it covers.

You have till 12/10/18.


message 2: by Robin (new)

Robin (robingregory) The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman by Robin Gregory
Would you be interested in a magical and mystical tale of a lonely disabled boy with healing powers who rankles his racist grandfather by befriending a secret, otherworldly clan? "The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman" is a haunting, visionary tale spun in the magical realist tradition of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "One Hundred Years of Solitude" or Laini Taylor's, "Strange, the Dreamer." Winner of 22 awards.


message 3: by Mariah Roze (new)

Mariah Roze (mariahroze) | 1377 comments Mod
These were sent to me:

The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter
"Eminent historian Nell Irvin Painter tells perhaps the most important forgotten story in American history. Beginning at the roots of Western civilization, she traces the invention of the idea of a white race—often for economic, scientific, and political ends. She shows how the origins of American identity in the eighteenth century were intrinsically tied to the elevation of white skin into the embodiment of beauty, power, and intelligence; how the great American intellectuals— including Ralph Waldo Emerson—insisted that only Anglo Saxons were truly American; and how the definitions of who is “white” and who is “American” have evolved over time."

Manliness and Civilization A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1880-1917 by Gail Bederman Manliness and Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1880-1917 (Women in Culture and Society) by Gail Bederman, Catharine R. Stimpson
"When former heavyweight champion Jim Jeffries came out of retirement on the fourth of July, 1910 to fight current black heavywight champion Jack Johnson in Reno, Nevada, he boasted that he was doing it "for the sole purpose of proving that a white man is better than a negro." Jeffries, though, was trounced. Whites everywhere rioted. The furor, Gail Bederman demonstrates, was part of two fundamental and volatile national obsessions: manhood and racial dominance."


message 4: by Jehona (last edited Dec 06, 2018 03:24AM) (new)

Jehona | 5 comments My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci My Cat Yugoslavia is a pretty weird book, but a good one. The story starts in Finland with a gay man picking up a lover for one night. Then we move back to Kosovo, in the 1980s, where a young woman discovers that nobody really cares about her learning or her dreams, they only want her to get an education so that she can get a better husband.
And so the two storylines of mother and son begin. Hers is a story of a woman dealing with her position as a second class citizen among her people because of her gender, while her people (Kosovo Albanians) are already second class citizens in Yugoslavia because of their ethnicity. His is the story of a young gay man dealing with the different identities his situation has set against one-another: he is gay but he is also Muslim; he is ethnic Albanian but he is also very Finnish (his parents emigrated when he was 2). There is also the interesting imagery of cats and snakes in the son's storyline. Also, a creepy scene of an exorcism which makes you think that it might be child rape. Slightly longer review


message 5: by Raymond (new)

Raymond | 85 comments Rising Out of Hatred The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Eli Saslow This book tells the story of the heir of the white nationalist movement and how, with the help of his diverse group of friends, left white supremacy for good.


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NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 137 comments Raymond wrote: "Rising Out of Hatred The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Eli Saslow This book tells the story of the heir of the white nationalist movement and how, with the help of his diverse ..."

Wow this sounds really good. I'm always interested in learning more about how people change. This book sounds perfect for this group, as it shows us how a person's hateful beliefs were changed. It gives us hope that it can be done. It also appears to show the power of peer pressure and support (for good or evil).


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