With the new year, came a renewed commitment to reading, learning, and growth. As always, there was a great variety in my books this month. Enjoy!
Beyond the Messy Truth
After the polls closed on Election Night 2016, Van Jones created a stir with his on-air comments, accurately calling Trump’s election a “whitelash”. Now, in a major commentary on this devastating election, Jones explores all the factors that created Trump and this situation, and the ways that our country can come back and understand one another again. Full of personal stories and helpful resources, Beyond the Messy Truth can help us all in this deeply troubling time in our country and world.
From Abraham to Obama: A History of Jews, Africans, and African-Americans
Ephraim Isaac & Harold David Brackman
As a Jew of Color, the conversation about interactions and relationships between Jews and Black people have always been of interest to me. But this book is a winding and comprehensive historical look at Jews and Black people in a historical context, beginning with the Bible, African history, and time in the United States.
Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe
This one is definitely one of those books that I would not have picked up if it wasn’t for my book club, but I’m so glad I did! People might know the movie, but the book is a powerful and fascinating story about two women, one who’s struggling with middle age, and one who is wistfully telling her life story about growing up in a small town in the South. Full of adventure, relationships, and plenty of southern charm, you won’t want to put this book down!
The President’s Club
Michael Duffy & Nancy Gibbs
Established as a semi-joke by Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover at Dwight Eisenhower’s inauguration, the Presidents Club is full of secrets, laughs, alliances, fights, and, most importantly, a high regard for the office of the President of the United States. Among all of these pages, you’ll read about Eisenhower’s hovering influence after his time in office, Nixon’s goal of reviving his credibility, the relationship between the Bushes, the rivalry between Clinton and Obama, and so much more. It’s a long read, but well worth it!