I wanted to note that I turned off my Twitter account. If you haven’t seen me on there, that’s why. I eventually used my account to like political posts and jokes, realizing later that I may not want those “likes” to be recorded on the internet (I can’t think of anything offensive that I liked, but I have become hyper aware of faculty facing student backlash more and more recently in the news for their ideas shared online). I’m okay with interacting mainly on my blog page for now and may rejoin Twitter in the future solely for book talk.
On the first day of the year, I laid out my 2018 reading goals.
Here’s what’s on the list for May:
#1 Fat Fiction: Losing It by Lindsay Faith Rech
Brief Description: “Everyone thinks Diana Christopher is losing it. . . . All Diana wants is to be normal—but life for this 32-year-old waitress is anything but. . . . An unlikely friendship with her 93-year-old neighbor gives Diana the courage to shed the bulky barrier she has put between herself and the world, and soon, she’s getting attention from a certain pool-playing god at a local singles bar. But after the unspeakable happens, Diana begins to examine her past and finds that losing it is the only way she can truly be free.”
#2 The Oldest Book Shelved: What Begins With Bird: Fictions by Noy Holland
Brief Description: “Holland creates an exhilarating tension between the satisfactions of meaning and the attenuated beauty of lyric, making her fiction felt as deeply as it is understood. . . . The poetry of her images, powerful but immediately absorbed, can bring consciousness to a standstill . . .”
#3 Newest Book Shelved: Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair
Brief Description: “. . . [The] tale of Jean ‘Stevie’ Stevenson, a young black woman growing up through the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. . . . Stevie is a bookworm, yet she longs to fit in with the cool crowd. Fighting her mother every step of the way, she begins to experiment with talkin’ trash, ‘kicking butt,’ and boys. With the assassination of Dr. King she gains a new political awareness, which makes her decide to wear her hair in a ‘fro instead of straightened, to refuse to use skin bleach, and to confront the prejudice she observes in blacks as well as whites.”
#4 Random Pick: Liberating Minds: The Case for College in Prison by Ellen Condliffe Lagemann
Brief Description: “Anthony Cardenales was a stickup artist in the Bronx before spending seventeen years in prison. Today he is a senior manager at a recycling plant in Westchester, New York. He attributes his ability to turn his life around to the college degree he earned in prison. Many college-in-prison graduates achieve similar success and the positive ripple effects for their families and communities, and for the country as a whole, are dramatic. . . . Liberating Minds argues that it is imperative, both for prisoners themselves and for society, that access to higher education be extended to include the incarcerated.”