So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo | Nonfiction book review

“Our humanity is worth a little discomfort, it’s actually worth a lot of discomfort.”

I come to this book as a white woman from the poor South (🙋🏻‍♀️ Hi nice to me you) So it should come as no surprise that I’ve found myself struggle-busing my way through a lot of difficult conversations with various friends/family members —both “well meaning” and those definitely not.

So when Ijeoma Oluo opens this book with an argument that I’ve had at least a dozen times, I ~knew~ this was a book I needed and will shove into even more hands. She tackles everything from the “but what about poor white people/can’t we just solve poverty first?” in those first pages and goes on to intersectionality, privilege, microaggressions, the model minority, being called racist and so much more.

Oluo tackles everything in ways that are so personal to her. You hear her exasperation dealing with her white mother; her care in raising her son; her frustration when she struggles to be heard as a black woman writer. And at the same time explains things in a way so useful to a wider audience, in a memoir-guidebook mashup. She delivers her arguments passionately with a straightforward humor as if she was a friend grabbing your hand and saying “Yea, this if f*cked up but you can do this.”

These are conversations we should all be having, as we examine our privilege and blindspots and work on anti-racism efforts. And whether you start with the basics with this book, or pick up one like it (White Fragility, How To Be An Antiracist, My Time Among the Whites among others (I’ll be picking more of these up myself soon)), it’s worth sitting in our discomfort to try to make the world better one conversation at a time.

Quotes from “Dead Until Dark” by Charlaine Harris

Alexander Skarsgard and Anna Paquin as Eric Northman and Sookie Stackhouse in HBO's "True Blood." Photo credit: www.fanpop.com
Alexander Skarsgard and Anna Paquin as Eric Northman and Sookie Stackhouse in HBO’s “True Blood.” Photo credit: http://www.fanpop.com

I have some quotes for you. I know so many people, like my mother and I, are getting psyched up for the new season of HBO’s “True Blood.” In honor of next weekend’s premiere, I have quotes and will review the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, “Dead Until Dark” by Charlaine Harris. Continue reading “Quotes from “Dead Until Dark” by Charlaine Harris”

Quotes from “This is Where I Leave You”

My review of “This is Where I Leave You” will be up tomorrow. As always, here are a few quotes that I liked from the book.

I blame Hollywood for skewing perspectives. Life is just a big romantic comedy to them, and if you meet cute, happily ever-after is a forgone conclusion.

Love made us partners in narcissism, and we talked ceaselessly about how close we were, how perfect our connection was, like we were the first people in history to ever get it exactly right.

Childhood feels so permanent, like it’s the entire world, and then one day it’s over and you’re shoveling wet dirt onto your father’s coffin, stunned at the impermanence of everything.

Phillip is the Paul McCartney of our family: better-looking than the rest of us, always facing a different direction in pictures, and occasionally rumored to be dead.

You could fill an airlift to Africa with all the food generated by one dead Jew.

That last one is because I find it funny that I coincidentally read this book during Passover.

-K

Quotes from “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer

Wi-fi is out at my apartment so your post comes to you via my local library
Wi-fi is out at my apartment so your post comes to you via a campus library

I actually finished a book, you guys!

Granted, it’s not “1Q84” like I had originally planned — my library loan expired, but I’m back on the waiting list — but I’ve wanted to read “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” for a while now. I hate watching the movie and not knowing how it compares to the book.

Anyways, here are some of my favorite quotes from the book.

I’ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.

You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.

Everything that’s born has to die, which means our lives are like skyscrapers. The smoke rises at different speeds, but they’re all on fire, and we’re all trapped.

My full review will be posted tomorrow

-K

Quotes from “Steal Like an Artist” by Austin Kleon

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I’m still editing down my review of “Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative” by Austin Kleon. I’m taking one of his many tips: Know what to leave out of your work.

So, for now, here are some quotes from the book (that Kleon wrote, not those he included from others — which seem countless) that I enjoyed.

It seems contradictory, but when it comes to creative work, limitations mean freedom.

There’s magic in being surrounded by books…. It’s not the book you start with, it’s the book that book leads you to.

The great thing about dead or remote masters is that they can’t refuse you as an apprentice.

– K

Quotes from “The Illicit Happiness of Other People”

I just finished reading “The Illicit Happiness of Other People: A Novel” by Manu Joseph and I thought I would share some of my favorite quotes from the book before I post my review either later today (#latenightpostings) or tomorrow.

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But then the fate of shy people is that all their fears usually come true.

Ambition is the capacity for unhappiness.

“In this world, it is very hard to escape happiness.” – Unni Chacko

I’m very glad I chose this book to read first – stay tuned for my review.

-K