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There There by Tommy Orange

If you've ever wondered why sports teams that have (had) Indians as mascots is offensive, read the prologue of There There by Tommy Orange. I discovered Tommy Orange at Portland, Oregon's Book Fest in an appearance he did with Trevino Brings Plenty. Their event was recorded by Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) and is found on their website here: Portland Book Festival | Tommy Orange | Trevino Brings Plenty This book presents a diverse cast of characters with one thing in common: struggle. Deftly written, propels the reader to the ending. Source: Purchase You may also enjoy,  How I got here and why it matters by Carol Doane .

Knowing Your Value by Mika Brzezinski

I started to read this book but didn’t finish before my library loan expired. Later, during the library’s Bookapoolza Sale, where they sell hardbacks for a dollar and paperbacks for 50 cents, I snagged the hardback published in 2010. I was looking for answers, for help. It is demoralizing to be in a work environment where younger versions of yourself walk in the door with no experience and command a higher base (I’m in sales) than you. To live that is a poison you to your self-worth and to continue to take it is not what I want to model for my daughter. Pay inequity pushes good people to a breaking point, either it breaks them, or they break out of here. She details working women who feel lucky, grateful, willing to apologize at the drop of a hat, and more than ready to work hard to be deemed valuable. Yet value is the unreachable brass ring. And that striving creates a destructive cycle of labor for which there is no end. Brzezinski holds herself accountable for most of the

Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Troubled Times by Studs Terkel, a guest book review

Today's book review is from a guest, our first. The guest is Bea Cotton, a fluffy white Bichon Frise, who has her reviews ghost written by owner Edie Cotton. Both Bea and Edie are great characters that speak the same language — so to speak. Bea woofs in a language called Dogese, which apparently Edie understands and transcribes for us here in her review of Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Troubled Times by Studs Terkel. Thanks for reading and share your reviews with us by emailing carol doane at Happy Reading! While just a dog, I simply do not understand the human psychology of denying something that is right in front of you. It’s like saying, “I’m not hot-tempered,” while boasting about pretty much any one human nationality. So, before you beg to differ, I’ll bark off a list of such “somethings,” in case you human readers don’t understand Dogese: environmental injustice healthcare injustice racial injustice gender injustice housing injustice wage injus

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, a book review

The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford illuminates the dissonance between father and son, men who straddle the world of heritage and the land of birth, rejecting each other's experience and ultimately rejecting each other. The father reveals on the his deathbed how deep this rejection drove him, destroying his son's simple wish for happiness. The story unfolds without excessive tension, introducing two adolescents from the 40s struggling to exist in a world where they are Asian and everyone else their age is not. It builds to a tumult as the two are separated during the egregious forced internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, as they discover how difficult it is to live a friendship without communication. Prejudice is the slumbering giant waiting to erupt at every turn, hostile, vicious, thwacking aggression that leaves welts on the body and bruises on the heart that do not heal. The hotel, itself a character, hides secrets, hides worl

The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison, a book review

This story about friendship is an easy read. The dialogue, not pertaining to sex , is clever. The dialogue about the taboo subject runs the gamut from gross, "lying on a hair-filled bathmat with a vibrator," to more gross (read the book). The main drawback is that characters have an obsession with sex, that's what brought the book club into existence, but healthy male/female relationships don't exist and when the reader thinks there may be hope, the couple(s) disband. The relaxed conversation between club members, when it's out that the husband of one is having an affair with the other, is less than believable, even unhappy people don't like to share their partner. Here's the line-up of characters, leave a comment on which one you'd like to spend an afternoon with talking about . . . . . . Books? Gloria,  in order to have a comfortable, well off lifestyle must look the other way and provide "I'll be home soon" warnings for h