Still chipping away at Stamped from the Beginning which is a good read, but heavy, and I took a break to try some shorter stuff, just to finish something.
This book was short? It was less of a book and more like a ramble? Like, if you met someone at a bar and they were just like “What is lying?” and had clearly just taken a class in ethics (or binge watched ‘The Good Place’). I didn’t feel like I heard anything new in this book but it is a good jumping off point for discussion.
This was a very personal and honest story that Glidden shares with us. It centers around her coming to terms with thinking she knows it all and realizing that she doesn’t. I think it is a problem a lot of us have when it comes to looking at issues in other countries and societies. She points this out at the end of the book – that it is much easier to look elsewhere and say how easy it would be to solve a problem than looking at our own country and what needs to be fixed.
This book made me realize how little I actually know about the story of Israel and Palestine. I feel the need to do some research, maybe not to try to solve the problem, which is clearly complex and layered, but to have a better grasp on what is at stake when people talk about steps forward.
Lisa Brown says in the end notes of the book that she was always fascinated by Freak Shows and researched them a lot as a teen and adult. In this story, she balances a story of found family and a group of people who struggle to feel like they belong all the while showing the abuse and prejudices people forced into the profession had to endure.
A good read for tweens/teens who are interested in this strange part of history, who like stories about trying to fit in and find yourself in a world where everyone thinks they already know you.
The book was okay, if you like politics and listening to people talk about politics, but those politics are from a galaxy far far away, then this is the book for you!
It was interesting to hear about Padme and her handmaidens and their relationship to one and other. I really would have been happier with just a book all about Sabe though, which was what I thought we were getting when the whole slavery plot line came up.
The epilogue though. I want THAT book please.
I read this for Star Wars Book Club
What did you read this month?