SarahMichigan (sarahmichigan) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books #3 and #4

Book #3 was "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" by Beverly Tatum. This book - written by an author with degrees in child development who has spent years teaching about the psychology of racism - is an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to be more active in working for social justice but who doesn't know where to start, or anyone who wants to talk more about race but feels uncomfortable doing so. Tatum examines the history of racism in the U.S., talks about how different groups experience it, how black, white, Asian, Latinos and Native Americans can work together for change. I think she does an especially good job of making the material accessible to white readers, helping them pass through the "liberal white guilt" stage into something more active and productive. There are a lot of great resources for further reading at the end of the book as well.

Book #4 was "Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro. This is the second book I've read by the author, and he's really good at writing what seems like a very simple story that is really complicated if you look below the surface. He's also really good at telling a story from a naive viewpoint, where the big realizations dawn very slowly over the course of the novel. The end was sad, but it followed from what came before, so it was satisfying. I liked this a lot, though not as much as "When We Were Orphans." I plan to seek out more by Ishiguro.

1. Blue Light [fiction- Walter Mosley
2. Titus Alone [fiction]- Mervyn Peake


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