After the Quake: Stories, by Haruki Murakami. Loved it. Love Murakami. Strange and wonderful.
Selling the Work Ethic: From Puritan Pulpit to Corporate PR, by Sharon Beder
Borrowed Finery: A Memoir, by Paula Fox.
I liked this book.
I love reading about this time period, 20s to 50s. A lot of the book was set in parts of California where I grew up, when it was still sparsely populated and part of the development of the area between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. I'm also fascinated by how easily people seemed to travel to other countries. It seems even people without much money went to Europe at the drop of a hat.
The first 3/4 of the book covered the first third or so of her life. And then. Then. She is 21. She gives a baby girl up for adoption. The book fast forwards decades. Her daughter finds her. Linda. They meet in San Francisco, where she gave the daughter up for adoption. They go the the apartment building where Paula had lived.
"We sat on the curb and looked up at two dark windows. I told Linda how a black friend had carried me to the bathroom the first day I had come home from the hospital, after she had been born.
I'll leave us there, sitting close together on the curb. Now and then someone passed by but paid no attention to us as we told each other stories from our lives, falling silent every so often."
How could I not be moved by a book that ended like that?
Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in The Age of Crisis., Christian Parenti.
As I read this book about the History of the Mega-Prison system that we have today, I was horrified.
Not only is it a History it also describes the Modern-Day system.
I cannot believe what the Author describes.
I only wonder just how much of it is Really true.
If it is then it would be a really good time to change it.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading about what happens 'behind the scenes' in our prisons.
Even though a lot of those incarcerated individuals deserve to be in prison, they Do Not deserve to be treated like Cattle.
(P.S.--Cattle don't Deserve to be treated the way Cattle are treated in this Country either.)
Welcome to Our Police-State. I trust your visit will be a Pleasant one.