All posts tagged: Social Issues

Review: An American Marriage

The Stats Title: An American Marriage Author: Tayari Jones Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; 1st Edition edition (2018) Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Contemporary, African Literature, Literary Fiction, Social Justice Trigger Warning: Rape, Incarceration I bought An American Marriage as a part of my January Book of the Month club box.  All opinions are my own. The Review A year into their marriage, Celestial and Roy are excited about their future. Roy is a young business executive in charge of selling textbooks, and Celestrial is an artist about to make it big. All they want is a beautiful child to share their joy. However, everything goes array when, on a trip to visit Roy’s parents, the cops rip Roy out of their hotel room and arrest him for a crime Celestial knows he did not commit. Faced with 12 years of imprisonment, Celestial struggles with the idea of attempting to maintaining a marriage. Instead, she seeks comfort in her childhood friend, and Roy’s best man, Andre. But, when Roy’s conviction is overturned after five years, Celestial must decide …

Review: Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race

The Stats Title: Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race Author: Reni Eddo-Lodge Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus (November 7, 2017) Genre: Non-Fiction, African Literature, Ethnography & Ethnology, Social Issues, Essayist Trigger Warnings: Discrimination & Race, Hate Crimes I want to thank my friend Taylor F. for doing a complementary sensitivity read on my review of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race. If you are in search of a sensitivity/beta reader, I highly recommend her services. Drop me an email at byairandland@gmail.com and I can get you in contact with her. The Review In February 2014, journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge posted an article titled Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race on her blog. She expressed her frustrations regarding the emotional disconnect white people have regarding the discussion of systematic racism, and how she would no longer discuss the narrative as a means of self-preservation. What Eddo-Lodge did not expect was that she “inadvertently written a break-up letter to whiteness” (xiv). Even though the blog post was never …