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Tiny Imperfections

At one point during college I entertained the idea of a career in private school admissions. After reading this book I am kind of glad I did not go that route! Tiny Imperfections by Alli Frank and Asha Youmans, although fiction, is based in the authors’ personal experiences. Josie is an admissions director at a high end west coast private school, deep into admissions season, and also deep into college decisions with her daughter. The story covers a lot of important and interesting topics about parenting, work and supervisor relationships, race, and romance.

There were times I really liked Josie and times I really disliked her. In her work role I liked her sense of self and not being willing to be taken advantage of, which was difficult, especially from her supervisor. But she complained of being treated poorly at work then turned around and did the same thing with her daughter. Many would argue that a parenting relationship is very different from a employee/supervisor relationship, but I think the same lessons can be taken from both. Granted I’m not a parent so I won’t try to act like I know how I would react to my daughter’s college and career desires differing from what I want for her. But those were the moments I didn’t agree as much with Josie.

Anyway, the book was great. It was mostly predictable but it still had a few surprises – enough to keep the intrigue alive. Check it out!

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How to Be an Antiracist

I’m very grateful to have a book club of women who all strive to be better and support each other in that goal. We are focusing on the issue of racism and how we, as individuals and as a group, can try to make the worlds around us a more equal and just place.

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi was not the most engaging read, I’m not going to lie. And most of it left me feeling hopeless and powerless. There was a little hope at the end, but for the most part it read like a thesis with personal anecdotes. Kendi spends each chapter discussing the different kinds of racism, which was definitely informative. I agree that the first step is to recognize how we are antiracist, both as individuals and as a society. My main takeaway was that the racist policies and policymakers should be the main focus of an antiracist’s energy, not focusing on individuals within a race. To recognize what policies and policymakers you support, vote for, encourage, and help implement (both consciously and unconsciously). And to think that there is not a deeply rooted culture of racism in this country and that every person is given the same opportunity and treatment is just ignorant.

Right now, I feel like my job is to research every person I am considering voting for. What are their views on issues and policies that are inherently racist: healthcare, housing, jobs, police brutality and oversight. And no, there will not be any candidate for any position who is perfect. And no, I do not automatically vote for someone based on party. I will vote for either side if a candidate is working for equality and justice and yes, antiracism. And I challenge everyone to do the same. Forget party affiliations and don’t focus on just one hot button issue. Take the time to look at the candidates and what they actually want to accomplish. And then take the time to vote.

Either racist policies or Black inferiority explains why White people are wealthier, healthier, and more powerful than Black people today.”

Ibram X. Kendi

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The Vanishing Half

This was an excellent book. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett was intriguing and entertaining. It spans many decades and shows a family split apart by societal norms and expectations. The Vignes twins grow up in a rural southern, black community with all light-skinned residents. When they run away as teenagers to try to make it on their own, one of the twins realizes she can pass as white and decides to leave her family and the life she knows to pass for good. The story follows the twins separate lives and the lives of the daughters they each have, who end up crossing paths. Does the truth come out? And how does each twin handle it? I don’t want to give too much of this one away because I really think you should read it. Enjoy!