How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram x. Kendi

51W5SGVOqGL  More like what is an antiracist…..  ****

While the title implies a “how to”, the book is more of a “what is”. The author, through his own personal struggle, defines what is a racist and what is not extremely well. The book was an eye opener for me and has me re-evaluating my own beliefs and attitudes. Prior to reading this book I would have said I was not racist, which I now know is a racist comment.

This book is a must read especially in the current climate of our nation. Kendi pulls no punches about the discussion of racism and his message is that much stronger as he narrates his own battle with becoming an antiracist.

My only negative comment is in the title which makes the book fall short of expectation. While Kendi defines antiracist and gives some pointers in to how to be one, I feel there could have been more practical suggestions toward that end.

This one gets four stars, and I highly recommend.

Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump

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Not enough and not much……..   **

While everyone was hoping that this would be a book giving us more dirt on DJT, from that perspective it is a disappointment. It is, however, a look into just how messed up the heirs of Fred Trump are and how Mary’s father, Freddy, was mistreated.

The insights into the environment he grew up in may help explain DJT’s mindset, but as the author points out does not excuse them. The information is not new. She does amplify the fact that no one, even today, has confronted DJT about his actions. The fact that others can so easily use him is both sad and scary. The fact that his enablers do not confront him is even sadder. One of the best points Mary Trump makes is the “normalizing” of DJT by the media and others that has allowed him to become who he is.

This is a book that spends too much time whining about the mistreatment of Freddy Trump. It is very repetitive and her psychological insights are simplistic. If DJT was not the current president, this book would never have been written nor, if so, would not have been noticed.

This one gets two stars. I read this because I have a need to get information first-hand, but would not recommend it.

 

 

 

 

A Book of Bones by John Connolly

51C4u4LYFuL        Thank you John Connolly……… *****

After being disappointed by some of my favorite authors recently, it was great to see Connolly not falter.   This is another amazing book in the Charlie Parker series, each one better than the last.

A large part of this one gave me chills while other parts brought on a range of emotions from sadness to elation. Connolly is a master at weaving the macabre with noir and here he shines.

This is a read that drew me in and didn’t let go until the last page, and even then I am not sure it did.  This one gets a full five stars.