Monday, May 08, 2006

Books

I haven't posted any books in a while so here is a catch-up.

32. Best American Short Stories 1994, edited by Tobias Wolf
I love these! R has a bunch and they never disappoint.

33. Best American Short Stories 2002, edited by Sue Miller

34. Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare by Dorothy Roberts
This is a very thoroughly researched and compelling book about the racism underlying the child welfare system in the US. Basically, Roberts discusses how black children are way more likely to be removed from their homes, and have their ties with their parents legally severed, than white children. She convincingly proves that this is because of racism, and not poverty or SES factors. I think this was a really important book to read, although I would have liked to see more from her about how to fix the problem.

35. The Woman at the Washington Zoo: Writings on Politics, Family, And Fate by Marjorie Williams
This book is a collection of essays by Marjorie Williams, a Vanity Fair and Washington Post write who covered Washington DC for many years, until her death from liver cancer. Many of the essays in the latter part of the book were totally amazing, and really stuck with me and I want to buy the book to read them again and again.

2 comments:

cloudscome said...

Just found your blog today. I want to read Shattered Bonds. I've heard about it before and it looks good.

Laurie said...

It is a very interesting book. If you read it, I'd be interested in seeing your take on it.