Sunday, November 13, 2011

One of these things is a lot like the other...

Isn't it weird how sometimes you end up reading similar books without even meaning to? A few months back I listened to The Help on audio book, and saw the movie, then my mom picked that one for her book club selection. Which either I didn't blog about or I just can't find. But I'm sure you've heard about it. If not you need to climb out from under your rock.

And then I read a few other books but not too long ago I picked up a book that I had bought in the library sale room for .25. It was called The Penny. The Penny is about a young white girl who is being abused by her father and becomes friends with a black girl and her family in the time of the civil rights movement. There is a lot about the desegregation of schools and about how the whites and the blacks didn't hang out in each other's neighborhoods. It was a really good book, you should check it out if you haven't read it before.

Then the new book club group I'm in picked The Swan House to read. The Swan house is a story about Mary Swan. Mary Swan is a rich little WASP as she refers to herself several times in the book. Her artist mother is killed in a plane crash. After she dies she leaves quite a little mystery about herself, which Mary Swan works to uncover. While she is busy doing that she falls in love with a black boy (during the time of the civil rights movement).  It really is a great book.

So you see, I ended up reading three books about the civil rights period of time, all by chance. I have to say I'm kind of glad I was born after that was all over with. It seems like such a scary time to live.Pin It


Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

It was.
I remember riots in schools.
We moved to the burbs during that time. My father thought it would be safer. I, on the other hand look at it differently. I am a white person. It better for me no matter where I went in those days. I had it easy. It was an ugly part of our history and how we treat one another.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the recommendations! I remember seeing you blog about The Help not too long ago.

I'm reading Sister Wife right now. It's pretty good. It was in the Young Adult section. I love reading about polygamy (and watching Sister Wives). I think it's totally wrong, but it fascinates me!


Melissa G. said...

I did that very thing this summer, only the books I read were about the Holocaust. It' a strange feeling to read similar stories unintentionally, isn't it? I hope you loved "The Help." I read it at the beginning of summer (a kick off to my pledge to myself to read one book per week this summer) and it quickly became one of my favorites!

Mary~Momathon said...

I loved The Help! I read it about 2 years ago before they made the movie. I like books about the civil rights era, I'll have to check out your other recommendations. Thanks.

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