Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Salon ~ staying warm and reading

I completed a couple of books this week, both biographical and both about women.

Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race ~ by Debby Irving, 2014, race relations, 10/10
We white people should choose "conver-sation starters that have nothing to do with identifying a person by where they're from, what they do for work, or any other sorting and ranking criteria."  For example (from p. 215):  "So what was the most interesting thing that happened in your day today?"
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark ~ by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley, 2016, children's, 9/10
"You could say that Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life has been one disagreement after another. Disagreement with creaky old ideas.  With unfairness.  With Inequality.  Ruth has disagreed, disapproved, and differed.  She has objected.  She has resisted.  She has dissented.  Disagreeable?  NO.  Determined?  YES."
I don't seem to be focusing as much on Jürgen Moltmann's books as I had planned, though I'll catch up.  But I know I also need novels and memoirs in my life.  While working in the Crown Center's small library this week, I picked up a novel by Richard Russo.  And I got two books about Ruth Bader Ginsburg from the University City Public Library, the book for children that I read immediately (above) and the one for adults (shown here).

  • Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg ~ by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, 2015, biography
  • That Old Cape Magic ~ by Richard Russo, 2009, fiction (Massachusetts)
Okay, what else happened this week?  Ice happened!  We've had icy roads and sidewalks and trees in St. Louis for the last few days.  I glanced out my window yesterday morning and saw a woman getting up from the sidewalk after a fall.  Most of us are staying inside.  Our schedules changed at the Crown Center when the staff went home in mid-morning on Friday, and I still don't know if we'll have a memorial service today for Marilyn, who died recently.

Bloggers gather in the Sunday Salon — at separate computers in different time zones — to talk about our lives and our reading.


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

We had a bit of ice last weekend but it's been 70's ever since.

I'm not reading much fiction and I know I need to do so. I am reading Annie Proulx's new book, Barkskins, and it's huge. Maybe after that I'll read more fiction.

Here's my Sunday Salon.

Molly said...

The ice storm missed us in Kansas City. While I am a bit peeved that the forecasters created such a dramatic event (the Plaza closed at 7:00pm last night!), I am grateful we were spared treacherous driving and power outages.

I would be interested in learning more about RBG sometime. For now, my reading is focused on historical fiction surrounding Italian immigration

Helen's Book Blog said...

I was thinking about you and all the ice you're having--be safe! The two books you read sound interesting, especially the one about RBG. This week finds me planning the Women's March Santa Barbara. How the heck did that happen?!