Best-Laid Plans

Last night, she decided to leave off How the Word Is Passed. Even though it began strong, there was a scene where a white woman who’s just finished touring Monticello comes up behind a black member of the staff and hugs her, crying and saying, “I’m sorry for slavery.” Too much. That scene was just too much. While it’s all very well and good for white people to feel the burden of guilt and shame, she doesn’t think they need to go on and on about it. Because it’s not about How White People Deal.

She’s sticking with Conquering the Pacific: An Unknown Mariner and the Final Great Voyage of the Age of Discovery, by UC Davis Professor Andrés Resendéz, about a Portuguese mulatto whose naval exploits outdid Magellan’s but who never received the recognition he deserved.

She’s tempted to get Bewilderment from Gallery Bookshop. Her local library has about 86 holds on it. She perused the first few pages and it seemed interesting. Not overtly “message-y” (She hates message books)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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