After a series of memoirs about illness–then my octopus palette cleanser–I went back to social justice.
So You Want to Talk About Race Ilejeomo Oluo
I loved this book. I was invested in, not only what she was saying about racism and micro-aggressions, but about how it has affected her own life as a black woman. No matter how much you think you already know, you either don’t know as much as you think you do, or you will forever need refreshing – there’s just too much to remember and think about and understand to get it all the first time around. We have to keep reading and listening.
They Said This Would Be Fun by Eternity Martis
This book focuses on university life and the racism and micro-aggressions found there as a young black woman. It was an eye-opener for me about how black women are viewed sexually. She also goes into her family and how she has struggled with her own identity as a black woman raised in a South Asian family.
Shame on Me by Tessa McWatt
This book starts with a simple question that the author was asked by her teacher in elementary school: “What are you?” Except this question is not so simple. McWatt has a complex multiracial background, which she explores as she tries to answer the question of “what” she is. Each chapter examines a different part of her body in relation to how the world views these body parts racially. Beautifully written and thought-provoking.
I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron
At this point, I needed something lighter, maybe even funny. I enjoyed I Feel Bad About My Neck many years ago, so I gave this one a try. It did the trick – typical Nora Ephron.
All Together Now by Alan Doyle
This is Alan Doyle’s third book, and I haven’t yet read the first two. But now I want to listen to them rather than read them. I loved hearing him read; with his Newfoundland accent, expressions and emotion, he’s a born storyteller. Each chapter is a story about something that happened in his life, whether it be while on tour with his band or as a boy with his parents and siblings. I got a kick out of his story about being in a movie with Russell Crowe. Now, if only I could get Alan Doyle to read me a story every night before bed…
If you don’t know who Alan Doyle is (or Great Big Sea)–or even if you do!–take a minute and watch this.
Son of A Critch by Mark Critch
I enjoyed listening to Alan Doyle so much that I moved on to another Newfoundlander–Mark Critch–and oh how I laughed. This is another book made so much better by having the author read it to you. He’s telling you the story of his life and he makes himself sound hilariously ridiculous. The best part is the voices he gives to his parents who play a big part in the book. I don’t think I’ll ever forget them. He has a new book out and I’ll be looking for it on audio!
For those of you who don’t know Mark Critch, here he is with our Prime Minister in 2017.
For a very special treat, here are Mark Critch and Alan Doyle together!
Do you ever fall into any obvious reading patterns? What have you been listening to?