Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert - hosted by Julie @ JulzReads: Three ways to join in this week! You can either share three or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).
Reading About Race
Though it's been a couple of years, I must begin this post with Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The book has had a profound impact on the way I think about race and the racial issues facing our country today.
I read a few more books about race this year:
Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby IrvingIn this book, the author speaks very candidly about her awakening to race, racial issues, and her previous pattern of avoidance. She comes to realize that white IS, in fact, a race. This was a fascinating book... I've never read anything quite like it. It sent me in search of hard information... something more scientific and less subjective.
by Robin DiAngeloThis turned out to be just what I was looking for... not as personal, backed up by research. It also includes plenty of resources and suggestions for further reading. But before tackling those lists, I returned to memoir...
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor NoahThis is my book club's December selection... and fits in nicely with my theme. Noah talks about his childhood in South Africa during and after apartheid. This extended my "race in the US" scope, but kept me reading on topic.
Books I'd Like to Read
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
by Shannon Sullivan
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Can you recommend other books for my list?
Previous Be the Expert/Ask the Expert posts:
2017 - Books About Books
2016 - Supreme Reading (The Supreme Court)
2015 - Nonfiction Foodie Favorites