My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book is full of politics, but it's still funny and interesting. It tells the sides of things the public doesn't see. It also gives insider info on what the Obama administration was like.
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I restarted this one - I previously only got about 60 minutes in. It's a total of 19 hours long, narrated by Michelle Obama herself. After 3 hours & 30 minutes, Michelle has started high school.
Her voice is delightful, and her childhood recollections were really wonderful. High enjoyment at this point!
Here are some books by African American authors you may want to read:
Kindred by Octavia Butler: The first science fiction written by a black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she’s been given...
Beloved by Toni Morrison: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Toni Morrison’s Beloved is a spellbinding and dazzlingly innovative portrait of a woman haunted by the past. Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has borne the unthinkable and not gone mad, yet she is still held captive by memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Meanwhile Sethe’s house has long been troubled by the angry, destructive ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander: "Jarvious Cotton's great-great-grandfather could not vote as a slave. His great-grandfather was beaten to death by the Klu Klux Klan for attempting to vote. His grandfather was prevented from voting by Klan intimidation; his father was barred by poll taxes and literacy tests. Today, Cotton cannot vote because he, like many black men in the United States, has been labeled a felon and is currently on parole."
As the United States celebrates the nation's "triumph over race" with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status--much like their grandparents before them.
I actually enjoyed reading this book! I like the insights to her life before, during,and after being in the white house. Got a kick out of some of her thought process. But, also, I enjoyed the work she has done regardless what anyone thought of her. If this is the type of read you are looking for, then you should give it try!
Favorite book(s) of the month:
Becoming, They Called Us Enemy
Books started this month but haven't finished yet:
These Broken Stars, Solitaire
What a month. I didn't think I would get that much reading in but damn, I did good!!!!
I dnf'd one book, that has been on my tbr for the whole year that I never actually went back to and so I decided to just put it away. Maybe I will get back to it in the future. Who know LOL
Also this is my weirdest wrap up ever, what a weird mixture of genres.