Review of Waking Up White by Debby Irving

I am on a journey to better understand racism. I should have started by reading Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving. In clear, understandable stories and descriptions, she explains her journey to better understand racism and how white privilege played a role in her family’s successes. IContinue reading “Review of Waking Up White by Debby Irving”

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is an autobiography of Maya Angelou’s chaotic childhood from her first memories through the age of 16. She lived in more places with more people in parenting roles than I have had in a lifetime. She and her beloved brother, Bailey, were mostly raised by their strict, no-nonsenseContinue reading “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou”

Our Harlem

Marcus Samuelsson is an Ethiopian Swedish chef – he was born in Ethiopia but when he was separated from his biological parents during a civil war, he was adopted and raised by a Swedish family. He has accomplished so much as a chef –  opened highly acclaimed restaurants in New York City and other locations,Continue reading “Our Harlem”

Legacy and the Queen created by Kobe Bryant

I really don’t follow sports so I had to play catch up on the national – maybe worldwide – mourning for the loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the others who were involved in the terrible helicopter accident. I was quickly pulled in as I learned more about Kobe. He was a forceContinue reading “Legacy and the Queen created by Kobe Bryant”

Becoming by Michelle Obama

I had a hard time picking up this book. I thought that I knew a lot about Michelle Obama and that the book would fall flat for me. After all, she and her family lived in a fishbowl for all of us to watch for 8 years. I was wrong. What I didn’t know wasContinue reading “Becoming by Michelle Obama”

Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness

Grace Will Lead Us Home was horrific and painful at times, but also such an important book to read. This true story begins at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, where members of an evening bible-study group welcomed Dylan Roof, a young white man, to join their discussion. Roof opened fire on theContinue reading “Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness”