ningerbil (ningerbil) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 25 and 26

25. Some Assembly Required, by Arin Andrews. This fulfills the challenge for reading a YA or middle grade book by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+. This is a moving autobiography by a young man who describes growing up feeling alienated by his own body, even from an early age, and his journey into transitioning from female to male. I would recommend this for high school age, either for those who may be experiencing the same conflicts, or those whose friends or family is transgender. I know it answered many of my questions; I only know a handful of people who are transgender (at least that I know of), and only two of them tolerably well. This is not something I, as someone who is comfortable being female, can relate to, but I'm glad I picked up this book because I think I can understand my friends' struggles at least a little better. There's laughter, there's sadness, there's many coming-of-age situations that anyone - transgender or cisgender (until this book I had no idea what that meant) - can relate to. I'm sure this is a book that will be challenged a good deal in libraries, particularly school libraries, for the main topic and for the frank talk about the surgeries and other sex-related issues. This is an important book, however, so I hope the challenges are met with a firm resistance.

26. Infamous Scribblers, by Eric Burns. I've long held that with the Internet giving everyone the equivalent of a cheap printing press, we have not seen a decay in news coverage and journalism. Rather, the internet hit the reset button, and everything old is new again. This book solidifies this view. Despair of the talking heads, pundits, half-truths and outright likes now? We have nothing on our Founding Fathers. Not saying we don't need to improve but the amount of vitriol that blazed from the first Colonial-era newspapers made my jaw drop at times. There was no such thing as fair, balanced reporting- indeed, the first newspaper editors wore their opinions and leanings like a badge of honor. Several, including Samuel Adams and James Callender, were not above making up their own truths for what they saw as the greater good. After the Revolutionary War, most (if not all) papers were either firm Federalist supporters or staunch Republican. This is a longer book but the pages flew by. It is both educational and entertaining. You will never see the Founding Fathers the same way. Burns portrays them here, their many warts and all. History buffs should definitely find a copy.

Currently reading: Still slowly working my way through The Hamilton Papers. Also have several books waiting for me at the library.
Tags: history, young adult

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