People gift me books so theres no lack of any selection. Usually there are 3 books (at least) 'on the Go' - Fact, Fiction and Inspirational.
This last book I watched Oprah mention on isntagram and I had just been thinking, Im ready for a new book. Talk about a book finding me. I knew only what Oprah said, not one thing more- I asked to have it picked up that day from Costco. If not having to break for painting, dogs, dinner - the book would have been completed in a weekend I enjoyed it that much. Not only is the main character an artist- she makes dolls her name is Celestial but her husband calls her Georgia. Roy starts letter to celestial- asking 'can I still call you Georgia?'.
It was an awakening. I know about incarceration in the USA and how unfair it is to black Americans, I've read statistics but this book helped me understand on a completely different level. Filled with emotion, it's about determination and the promise of love and marriage, An American Marriage - it all sound like it's 'too familiar' - and it is for these people intros book. Here sits a white middle class woman who will never experience what they have., yet each taught me what it is like. It is wrong, to have to life your life with the constant 'fear your life could change in an instant- many lives effected and for what- wrongful imprisonment because of the color of ones skin. Will this ever change?
I hope so.
I found myself constantly thinking what's she going to do now?
I'm grateful for the new perspective - it found me. How it ends, how she feels are exactly how I'm feeling at this stage. I would recommend this book and I will look into others by the author Tayari Jones, the book flowed effortlessly. I also am a snail mail fan - so I loved the idea most of the book is in form of letters.
Reminded of another Georgia (Willie started singing Georgia as I typed this blog) who is strong & full of love and determined to do the best she can. Amen.
Her faith in God. Perfect.
My name has been mentioned in books, movies and documentaries so much recently- and in very meaningful ways- it made me actually feel slightly 'weirded out'...
I asked God: Are you trying to tell me something? Am I dying?
Not yet. I just renewed my www for 2 more years! lol
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