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The Hate U Give

There has been a lot going on in our country and I want to educate myself more and want to be strongly anti-racist. I like to read so I figure books would be a good place to start (on my own at least). And there are plenty of lists out there with recommendations. A group from college started a book club and we’re starting with a non-fiction, so I figured I’d go ahead on my own and read this novel I’ve heard so much about.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is technically fiction. The events portrayed did not happen to the author nor is it about any specific real person. It is however based on many actual events that have occurred for many years. A young black man being shot by the police for no reason is all too common a headline. Or, in a lot of cases, doesn’t even get a headline. In the book, the main character, Starr, is with her friend when this happens and she is the only witness. It happens in a “bad” part of town. She is sixteen years old. Starr’s life is thrown into a tailspin which is not made better by the fact that she attends a private, mostly Caucasian high school. So her friends there don’t know and wouldn’t understand.

I cannot imagine having to deal with something like this. And I will never understand how the Black community feels every time this happens. When this happens over and over. It makes me feel angry and sick, so I cannot imagine how the communities where these atrocities happen feel. Obviously not all police are bad. But something has to change for them to be held accountable when people are killed for no reason and for them to not automatically resort to deadly force. And this story is not afraid to make the situation feel more complicated. No one is perfect but that does not mean they deserve to die.

We have to do better. I want to do better. I know there’s not a whole I can do on my own, which makes me feel very helpless. But hopefully educating myself and having conversations helps in a small way. If everyone did the same, imagine what could happen! Definitely check out this book. It’s an emotional read but pretty quick and worth every minute. We watched the movie as well, and while it is powerful and emotional, the book is obviously better (as usual). But if you’re not a book person, at least check out the movie!


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The Silver Star

This was a great, quick read and a welcome hiatus from the historical fiction I seem to keep picking up! The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls takes place in the early ’70s, following a family made up of Charlotte, the mom, and her two daughters, Liz and Bean (nickname for Jean). Charlotte disappears occasionally and this time the girls make their way from California back to Virginia to Charlotte’s small hometown of Rye. They find their uncle in the large family house and ultimately end of staying there a while.

The story hits on a lot of issues and is a little heavy at times, but keeps moving along and seems to be fairly accurate of small town life at that time. There are major class issues between the higher ups of the cotton mill, the main employer of the town. Race issues abound as the high schools desegregate. Pride issues flare as the the girls break tradition of their family being at the top of the totem pole, at least for appearances sake. And a major justice issue of one man taking advantage of anything and everything because of his race, gender, and position of power. But does he get what’s coming to him? You’ll have to read to find out!

Again, this was a great quick read – I think I sat down 3 times from start to finish. Great for small reading breaks to break up the monotony of working/living/being at home 24/7. Enjoy!


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Peachtree Road Race

This year was my third time running the Peachtree Road Race, the largest 10K in the world. Yes, the world. It takes place on July 4th every year in Atlanta. Although running is something I do regularly, training in the summer is difficult, especially this year. Between traveling, moving to a new condo, moving offices, and more traveling, running just hasn’t been at the top of the priority list. But to register for the Peachtree you have to enter the lottery in February/March. In the spring I’m thinking “running! yeah! all the races!” and also that I would surely know someone to run with. Well, I got a number, but couldn’t find anyone to run with in my start wave (I somehow didn’t have any great race times to submit from 2014 and they will NOT let you move up). The weather was not looking good on race day, but let’s be real, I wanted the shirt. And for this race you get your shirt at the end of the race.

Long story short, I got up and made it to the start line. Waited around for my wave to start (not a ton of fun by yourself). And as soon as my group got to the start line, the rain started. And it rained. And rained. And rained. The good news was that it made me run the entire race – having not really trained other than a few 3-4 mile runs – in my best time for this race!

This is a really fun race, rain or no rain, friends or no friends. I highly recommend it – even if you’re not a runner, don’t you want to say you completed the largest 10K in the world?! Plenty of people walk it. Or if you do want to run, just hit me up and I’ll likely be running!