Unraveled Wednesday, 10/21/20.

Joining Kat and friends on Unraveled Wednesday.

Knitting.

One of these weeks I will take a photo of the nearly finished BDJ currently on the needles. This is not the week.

Reading.

My nightly reading binge continues! I am enjoying it hugely (bigly?), but I have managed to sneak in a little knitting, too.

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda entertained me for a couple nights. It tells the story of two young women who go missing from a small town ten years apart. But the author tells the story in reverse chronological order, and I kept getting confused. 2-1/2★

I finished Elly Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway series with Dark Angel, The Stone Circle, and The Lantern Men and enjoyed them all. Now I must wait until she writes another one. She has a couple other shorter series that I may check out. In the meantime, I think I will start on Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope series. (Are we sensing a theme here? Middle-aged female protagists perhaps?) All of the Galloway series are at least. 4★

I read a bit more in So You Want to Talk About Race. I find I can only read a chapter or two before I am ready for some fiction. Still an excellent book, however. 5★

I prefer to learn about people, settings, history, and conflicts from fiction, so Such a Fun Age by Kylie Reid was right up my street. It is the story of an educated, upper-middle-class, determinedly liberal woman, her Black babysitter, and their relationship. It was sometimes uncomfortable reading because I automatically identified with said EUMCDL woman, and she was definitely not a someone the reader should aspire to be. It was an excellent way to parse the relationship between a White woman and her Black employee. 5★

Somewhere in the past week I also started The Threat: How the FBI Protects American in the Age of Terrorism and Trump by Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director who was fired by trump just hours prior to McCabe’s retirement. Very interesting, and a book I will dip back into between other books. It is on my iPad so no need to hurry through to return it to the library. 4★

I am currently about halfway through Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. It is nonfiction account of the author’s work in the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit law office he founded in in Montgomery, Alabama and dedicated to defending the poor, the incarcerated, and the wrongly condemned. The book is excellent and readable — Stevenson is a gifted storyteller — and highlights how our justice system routinely ignores the rights of some citizens. 5★

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5 Responses to Unraveled Wednesday, 10/21/20.

  1. gayle says:

    I thought you had already read the Oluo book, otherwise I would have recommended it! Sorry about that.
    Thanks for the heads-up about Ellie Griffiths – I’ve now read The ZigZag Girl and the first Ruth Galloway book with great enjoyment. Looking forward to continuing through the series! (And Ann Cleeves for after, you say? Good-o!)
    And thanks for the reviews of the other books as well! My booklist just grows and grows!

  2. Kym says:

    I love the Vera series! It’s a bit . . . chewier . . . than the Elly Griffiths series, I think. Enjoy! XO

  3. Ellen D. says:

    I am almost done with Just Mercy and it really makes me want to cry! Our country is just terrible when it comes to incarceration and especially treatment of African Americans, the poor, and the mentally disabled. It is dreadful what investigators and judges have gotten away with. I am so impressed with Bryan Stevenson and the amazing work he has been able to do saving innocent people from death row and helping reduce cruel sentences. So many changes are needed to the corrupt prison system and I hope we start seeing some of these changes with a new administration and changes in Congress.

  4. Kat says:

    I need to get back to the Elly Griffiths series, thank you for this reminder! And it looks like I need to get on the list for Andy McCabe’s book! 🙂

  5. I picked up an ebook copy of Just Mercy after seeing Stevenson’s chat with Oprah on her Apple TV+ show. I haven’t read it yet—still working on How to be an Antiracist—but I look forward to getting to it. I also really enjoyed Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race, but it wasn’t something I could read too many chapters of at once, either.

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