It’s been hard to read anything this week other than scripts for calling my representatives to yell about something or the other, but I managed to get some done. Let’s do it:
Inbox (Books Acquired)
The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly— My favorite writer of middle grade books about Filipina girls growing up in the south? All by Erin Entrada Kelly. Ok, the only middle grade books about Filipina girls growing up in the south that I know about are by Erin Entrada Kelly, but really I love them, and just pulled this one out of the library. It’s about two sisters, abandoned by their father and living in poverty in Louisiana with a step-mother they don’t get along with, and the stories they tell themselves to survive and cope.
Outbox (Books Finished)
White Trash: the 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg— Finally got through this beast on audio, and I absolutely recommend it to anyone confused by the way white people voted against their own best interests and for the oppression of their neighbors to put 45 in office. It is apparently something lower class whites have done on these shores for 400 years: sacrifice themselves and others in order to move up a social ladder we like to pretend isn’t real here because we thought we were fleeing so much of it when we left the British Empire. Alas.
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
The Pleasures of Cooking for One by Judith Jones— I’ve been single for over a year, and my ex and I split custody of our kids, so I’m all by myself for dinner time half the time. I haven’t shaken the habits I have for cooking for four, so I inevitably end up eating leftovers all week (boring) and wasting some (unethical and not thrifty, which I do want to be). I picked this up at the library when I was looking for cookbooks for one, and I loved how the introduction makes the point that cooking for yourself isn’t a waste of time, that if you cook for people because you love people, that should extend to yourself. I’m looking forward to diving in!