The essays offer a dialogue, a discourse on questions that deserve a look | Way of life


What do you think ?

You surely have opinions; everyone does it these days. You have ideas about this and that, you have thought about it a lot and you know how you feel. It’s nice to have made a decision. Now you can move on and maybe with these great books you can also see what other people are thinking …

If it seems like pop culture is dominating our lives these days, well, you’re right. Author Nichole Perkins agrees, and in her book “Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be” (Grand Central Publishing, $ 17.99), she writes about how the Internet, wealth, television, racism, misogyny, health issues, and beauty standards for black women affected her in the new millennium. It might sound like a serious rant, but it’s not … not entirely; Perkins shares his thoughts on a few dark topics, but even on these pages, it’s crisp, relatable, and witty, giving readers plenty of reason to argue and plenty to nod in agreement.

No doubt, you have a lot to say on race issues in 2021, so why not take another perspective? Read “Don’t Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender, and Body” by Savala Nolan (Simon & Schuster, $ 26.00).

As the child of a black and Mexican father and a white mother, Nolan knows what it’s like to live a life that isn’t: neither black nor white, neither rich nor exactly poor. She knows what it’s like to struggle with body image issues, financial insecurity, and racial myths. She is well aware of what society – both black and white – expects from black women in their feelings and appearances. She writes about motherhood and how racism affects it from the birth of a child. And she writes about her own story and about her white ancestors who enslaved her family’s black ancestors. Savor these essays. To discuss.

And finally, you can learn a lot about what someone thinks from the stories they tell. Keep this in mind while you read “Give My Love to the Savages: Stucks” by Chris Stuck (Amistad, $ 24.99).

The life of a black man in America is truly something: you could be racially called out for one minute, and find yourself on the frightening end of too much attention from a white woman in another. You try to live your life without disturbing anyone, but someone is inevitably disturbed. You stay in your own lane until someone (or something) hits you head-on. You wonder why white people do the things they do, but one day you might find yourself doing them too.

Family, masculinity, love, and life in American society are just a few of the intrigues of these tales. They will give you food for thought and a laugh.

If these essays aren’t quite what your head and heart want, be sure to contact your favorite librarian or bookseller. They have lots of other books available and they will help you find the essays and stories you need to know.

What do you think ?

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