When Everything Old Is New Again: Life of a Klansman, pp. 186 – 187

Great progress! Self is now halfway through this absorbing book. The Civil War is over, time to rebuild. Not so fast, say plantation owners near New Orleans.

One day, Paul Fazende is out of his house, walking a field of vegetables and fruit, carrying a gun. Before the war, a man walking his garden did not carry lethal force. Now, some whites wear holsters, and they are angry. Near the strawberries, Fazende encounters a black man, Lew. He is a former slave, and he is foraging. Fazende does not like trespassers. He lifts his gun and shoots Lew. Fazende tells a judge he thinks Lew “was stealing my watermelons.”

A government agent files a report that says Paul Fazende is “in the habit” of shooting at blacks who come near his house. Lew, the foraging man, is hit and wounded, but he will recover. It is assault with intent to kill, perhaps, but the referee in the case, a Justice Nandain, who is white (there are no black judges), does not jail Paul Fazende for attempted murder. He jails Lew for attempted theft.

2020 Reads: The List So Far

The books below took her through a tumultuous year. Books are listed in the order in which she read them:

  • Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion, by Jia Tolentino
  • Stories of Your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang
  • Someone Who Will Love You In All Your Damaged Glory, by Rafael Bob-Waksberg
  • The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison
  • I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith
  • The Run of His Life: The People vs OJ Simpson, by Jeffrey Toobin
  • TheChildren of Time, by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
  • Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
  • Leviathan Wakes, by James S. A. Corey
  • Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us, by Frans de Waal
  • Caliban’s War, by James S. A. Corey
  • Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family, by Robert Kolker
  • Abaddon’s Gate, by James S. A. Corey
  • The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, by David Wallace-Wells
  • Cibola Burn, by James S. A. Corey
  • Her Protector’s Pleasure, by Grace Calloway
  • The Snakes, by Sadie Jones
  • The Shadow King, by Maaza Mengiste
  • First: Sandra Day O’Connor, by Evan Thomas
  • Colonel Chabert, by Honorée de Balzac
  • The Charterhouse of Parma, by Stendhal
  • In West Mills, by De’Shawn Charles Winslow
  • Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy, by Larry Tye
  • Your House Will Pay, by Stephanie Cha
  • Heaven, My Home, by Attica Locke
  • Bread and Salt: Stories, by Valerie Miner
  • The Prince of Mournful Thoughts, by Caroline Kim (Winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize)
  • Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy, by Edward Ball

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