So, the week before COVID hit big in Portland, Amanda Bullock was giving me the run-down on some of her favorite novels before our 7am Flow Class. Fast-forward one week and BAM! We locked down and I started reading hard.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
With a love story as the backdrop, this novel takes you on a ride that explores what it means to be Black in America from the perspective of a Nigerian woman.
There There by Tommy Orange
This book starts out with a gut-punch that every American needs to feel before carving up next year’s Thanksgiving turkey! Indigenous perspective. Slam-poetry meets novel. So good. This book’s relentless cadence will keep you flipping pages faster and faster.
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Her writing is incredible! Set in Mississippi in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina this gripping driving unforgettable story that won’t let you put it down. Tender Gritty Family-bonds Poverty Racism. National Book Award Winner.
White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
A must for white folks
How to be Anti-Racist by Ibrem X. Kendi
The author’s journey to becoming anti-racist. The author reads it on audiobook
Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
A workbook for uncovering racism set up with daily reflections for 28 days
Sharks in the Time of Saviors
I was fully absorbed and totally ignoring everyone! Life in Hawaii/ Poverty/ Connection to the Sacred/Family/Identity/Belonging
George by Alex Gino
I read this aloud to my kids. So good! Transgender/Friendship/Elementary School
Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown
THIS BOOK IS IT!! I’m only on page 67 because I kept reading, re-reading, and reading again. I’ve highlighted, folded, and written in margins of almost every page! I’m reading it like I would eat expensive dark chocolate: take a nibble, let the words melt in my mouth, savor, linger, and pray that it seeps into my bones and never leaves me. The word "YES" reverberates in my soul over and over and over as I read.
Oregon Historical Quarterly SPECIAL ISSUE: White Supremacy & Resistance
It took a year for them to write this edition. It is so well put-together. Important information. This is my current read.
The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
I'm just starting this novel and I've heard great things!