Blonde Roots (Bernardine Evaristo)

No, this book isn’t about hair.  This is the other kind of Roots (note the italics)…except Evaristo has flipped the script.  What if, in some alternate reality, blacks had enslaved whites?  What – if anything – would be different?  And before you ask, this isn’t some alt-right “reverse racism” fantasy.  Rather, Evaristo shows that while … Continue reading Blonde Roots (Bernardine Evaristo)

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Middle Passage (Charles Johnson)

Middle Passage was not at all what I expected it to be.  I expected a historical novel about, well, the Middle Passage.  Which Middle Passage is, in the most basic sense.  But it’s also an adventure story, and a short-but-dense philosophical musing on race, identity and America.  In the end, the best description I can … Continue reading Middle Passage (Charles Johnson)

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Trevor Noah)

I had never heard of Trevor Noah until he took over The Daily Show from Jon Stewart.  (I’m not well-versed in the comedy world, so he was probably way better known than I realized.)  I don’t watch much TV, but I did watch some of his standup comedy on YouTube.  He’s funny, of course.  But … Continue reading Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Trevor Noah)