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text 2016-12-01 15:16
November 2016 Reading Wrap Up
Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street - Michael Lewis
Injustice: Gods Among Us #11 - Tom Taylor,Tom Derenick
Superman: Earth One - Shane Davis,J. Michael Straczynski
Vixen: Return of the Lion (2008-) #1 - Gwendolyn Wilson,CAFU
Vixen: Return of the Lion - G. Willow Wilson,Cafu

November was dominated by comic book reading - I needed comfort reading and comics did the trick. I then went on a non-fiction tear, which is still going.

 

5 stars

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Liar's Poker by Michael Lewis

 

4.0 - 4.5 stars

Injustice/Gods Among Us #11 by Tom Taylor and Tom Derenick

Superman: Earth One #1 by J. Michael Stracyznski and Shane Davis

Vixen #1 and #2 by Cafu and G. Willow Wilson

 

3.0 - 3.5 stars

Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? by Alan Moore and Curt Swan

Aquaman (The New 52 series) #6 and #7 by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, and Joe Prado

Secrets of a Gentleman Escort (Rakes Who Make Husbands Jealous #1) by Bronwyn Scott

The Flash, Vol 1: Move Forward by Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul

 

2.0 - 2.5 stars

Information War by Nancy Snow

Birds of Prey #1 by Christy Marx

Riders on the Storm by Grant Morrison

Batman: Year One by Frank Miller

Big Girls Don't Cry (Dundee, ID #6) by Brenda Novak

 

.5 - 1.5 stars

Busted: Life Inside the Great Mortgage Meltdown by Edmund L. Andrews

Teen Titans #24 by Dan Jurgens

 

DNF

Hearts in Flight by Patty Smith Hall

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2016-11-30 23:07
Review: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates

The short collection of essays from the author to his 15 year old son is both profoundly personal and universal. Coates even comments on that universality early in the book when he mentioned that the woman and girls in his childhood neighborhood probably had more fears (such as making it to adulthood without their bodies being violated) than he did. There will be some paraphrasing of Coates ideas in the book when I speak to my daughter about navigating this world.

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text 2016-11-17 13:43
TBR Thursday* - Haven't Done One In a While
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future - Bill McKibben
Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street - Michael Lewis
Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Busted: Life Inside the Great Mortgage Meltdown Hardcover - May 22, 2009 - Edmund L. Andrews
George Friedman: Flashpoints : The Emerging Crisis in Europe (Hardcover); 2015 Edition - George Friedman
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right - Jane Mayer
Information War: American Propaganda, Free Speech and Opinion Control Since 9-11 (Open Media Series) - Nancy Snow,Greg Palast

Since the night of the US elections, I haven't been able to muster much enthusiasm for fiction or reading in general. At the library today, I went a little overboard on the non-fiction, but I am hoping these bring me out of my reading funk.

 

1. Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Ill McKibben

    The basic premise is think and act locally.

 

2. Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street by Michael Lewis

    My third Lewis work of the year. He is going on my best of year list.

 

3. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Too many people love this for me to pass it up. It is a National Book Award winner.

 

4. Busted: Life Inside the Great Mortgage Meltdown by Edmund L. Andrews

    I think we are still feeling the effects of the mortgage crisis/Great Recession.

 

5. Flash Points: The Emerging Crisis in Europe by George Friendman

    I feel I need more insight into geopolitical hot spots as I see another war in the US's future. I plan on reading more books (different regions) like this, but it is a start.

 

6. Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer

    This is a contender for GoodReads Best of the Year 2016 for non-fiction.

 

7. Information War: American Propaganda, Free Speech, and Opinion Control Since 9/11 by Nancy Snow

   I picked this one up off of OverDrive.

 

*meme created by Moonlight Reader

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review 2016-11-17 00:00
Between the World and Me
Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates Wow, is this guy pissed off. But he has a right to be. Those of us who grew up in and still live in Dick and Jane land have no idea what it's like for the folks we have intentionally barred from our Dream World. Mr. Coates tries to tell us.

From as early as he can remember, he was afraid for his body. It might be thugs on the streets when he was a young boy making his way to school. It might be his parents whose primary form of discipline was "the belt". Later on, the cops in Prince George's County who were notorious for stopping and occasionally killing black men (this long before we ever knew about Ferguson, MO; but operating similarly to Ferguson's oppressive pattern). He found occasional respite from this fear at The Mecca, Howard University, and later on, in Paris.

The book is written as a long letter to his son. It explains Coates' quest to understand the world around him and also to warn his son of the stacked deck facing all people of color in the U.S. Our country's wealth is basically derived from the plunder of black lives, first in the enslavement of black people, later in the Jim Crow system; then we had red lining, wherein "those people" were kept out of our "Dick and Jane" neighborhoods (but charged extra to live in their own); and so on to Ferguson, where "those people" were stopped, frisked and ticketed to make up for any short-falls in the city's budget. One could go on.

Interesting to me is that Coates grew up in Baltimore, a neighborhood not all that far from the fancy church I attended whilst growing up. I'm sure we drove past Coates' neighborhood pretty much every Sunday, albeit some 20 or 30 years before he was born. I had no clue about these issues going on. Out in my "Dick and Jane" land, life was idyllic. Yeah, our fancy church did some afternoon reading programs for the city kids, but we never had a clue as to how horrible their lives might be, nor how our lovely suburbs had, to some extent, been financed on the backs of "those unfortunate people". Gah!

But, I still don't know what to do, other than try to find ways to convince my ignorant in laws that their vote for Trump has already begun reversing the meager gains we've made over the past 40 or so years regarding civil rights. "We're gonna fix inner city crime by re-instituting "stop and frisk". I tell ya, it's going to be great. " Sheeesh!
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text 2016-06-01 15:01
Huge book haul...
Shylock Is My Name (Hogarth Shakespeare) - Howard Jacobson
Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman - Lindy West
Black Widow Forever Red (A Marvel YA Novel) - Margaret Stohl
Phase Two: Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Marvel Cinematic Universe) - Alex Irvine
Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth - A.O. Scott
Marvel's Captain America: Civil War: The Art of the Movie - Marvel Comics
Transformers Robots in Disguise: Autobot World Tour - Steve Foxe
Captain America: Dark Designs Prose Novel - Stefan Petrucha
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History - Bret Witter,Robert M. Edsel

Employee appreciation days=cheap books. 

 

Me having money+employee appreciation days=me indulging in hardcovers.  I've already read the Ant-Man, Iron Man, and Avengers novelizations I got.  I'm considering picking up a hardcover version of Age of Ultron because I think they're prettier in paper, but I also hate spending money twice on the same book.  (I have to stop by B&N anyway later today, so I'll probably pick it up.)

 

I think there are a couple others, but I forget what they are.  I'm in the middle of mowing the lawn, and I'm taking a break because I was overheating.   I don't feel like getting up and double checking.  

 

I also kinda am eying a couple about animals: Heart of the Lion and American Snake.

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