Sunday, October 4, 2015
Summer Reading List 2015!
One of the many reasons why I love being a teacher is having the summers free to read whatever I want!
The #1 reason that I read is to understand; I want to make sense of the world in which I live, and I want to understand and define my role.
The United States is racially charged right now, and people are writing their truth. There was no way that I could have the time off, and not partake of some of the literature and stimulating conversations that we are having today.
So, normally my summer reading list is light in order to give me a mental break, but this summer, I couldn't take a mental break while the literary world was crying out in response to the many questions that many of us are pondering.
Knowledge Is Power!!
So, in case you are interested, here is a list of the books that I read this summer:
Border War by Stanley Harold
Balm by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
Freeing Charles by Scott Christianson
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs
How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon
Losing my Cool: Love, Literature, and a Black’s Man Escape from the the Crowd by Thomas Williams
The Last Interview and Other Conversations with James Baldwin
Nobody Knows My Name by James Baldwin
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin