Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson

Tears We Cannot Stop, A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson; 2017; $24.99; 228 pages; St. Martin’s Press, New York, NY; 978-1-250-13599-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hillsdale; 5/30/17-6/6/17

Why did I read this? I found a Black Lives Matters reading list and since I am trying to learn more than what I was taught in a curriculum that left much out.

Michael Eric Dyson, a Baptist Minister, preaches a brilliant sermon about the plight of African Americans in the United States which includes a history lesson on the many different ways that the African Americans have been oppressed.  There have been obvious ways like slavery, and Jim Crow laws and then systemic racism.  The systemic racism has started at all levels of government and trickled down to the people in the communities.  It has traveled up and down the highways and byways of America and has become so prevalent that many people expect it to happen and refuse to do anything about it.

Grade A

The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World by Brian Doyle

The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World, a novel of Robert Louis Stevenson by Brian Doyle; 2017; $25.99; 229 pages; St. Martins’ Press, New York, NY; 978-1-250-10052-8; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Fairview; 5/21/17-5/30/17

Why did I read this?  I have wanted to read anything by Brian Doyle, people kept telling me how good an author he was.  I had met Mr. Doyle on a few occasions at Wordstock.  I especially wanted to read this because he was writing as Robert Louis Stevenson.

Robert Louis Stevenson is living in a boarding house in San Francisco owned by Mrs. Carson, and populated by an interesting cast of characters.   As he sits by the fire listening to Mr. John Carson tell stories of his life he seems to absorbing ideas for some of his future stories.  Mr. Carson tells several stories that seem not to have anything to do with one another but end up being one big story.  It is a really interesting, well written story that has compelled me to seek out more stories by Brian Doyle.  Unfortunately Brian Doyle passed away as I was reading this.

Grade-A

Accepted by Pat Patterson

Accepted, How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE by Pat Patterson with Bertrand Hebert; 2016; $25.95; 258 pages; ECW Press, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 978-1-77041-293-4; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 5/17/17-5/21/17

Why did I read this?  Because I like sports entertainment and Pat Patterson is the man who came with the idea for the Royal Rumble.

Born to a large family in Montreal, Quebec, Canada Pat Patterson realized that he wanted to perform creatively and not be stuck in a 9 to 5 job.  He got involved in professional wrestling and traveled the world learning all aspects of the business.  He kept his eyes and ears opened and learned all he could, so that when it came time to stop taking bumps that he would be able to be involved in the backstage production.  He works as a production agent for the WWE.

Coloring everything he did in wrestling around the world was that he often had to leave his partner behind and could never acknowledge his partner as anything other than “my friend”.  It was a well known but unacknowledged secret among his co-workers, who liked his friend but didn’t acknowledge the true nature of the situation.  Pat was with his partner for 40 years until the death of his partner.

Pat is quiet frank about some people and this is a good love story and a look backstage at the WWE.

Grade A

How Does it Feel to be a Problem? by Moustafa Bayoumi

How Does it Feel to be a Problem, Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi; 2008; $24.95; 270 pages; The Penguin Press, New York, NY; 978-1-59420-176-9; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Sellwood; 5/8/17-5/17/17

Why did I read this?  To see a different viewpoint, to learn how others feel and to see how I can change.

The author interviews and gets involved in the lives of several young men and women of Arab descent.  He watches them as they are profiled and talks with them about how they think they are being perceived and sees people treat them differently based on their ethnicity.  Several of them passed for Hispanic but once people found they were Arab the way they were treated changed.  An interesting look inside the minds of people who are different than I.

Grade A

The Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew Reilly

The Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew Reilly; 2016; $26.00; 428 pages; Gallery Books, New York, NY; 978-1-5011-6715-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gresham; 5/6/17-5/8/1

Why did I read this?  I have been reading Matthew Reilly since I first discovered him back in 2005.  This is the latest book in the Jack West, Jr. Series.  It began in 7 Deadly Wonders , continued in Six Sacred Stones which begat The Five Greatest Warriors and now Four Legendary Kingdoms.    Jack West and friends are called to an military base and as soon as they arrive they are knocked unconscious and transported to the realm of Hades.  As Jack awakes he is locked in a cell and forced to do battle with a Minotaur.  And that is just the beginning, from there Jack is forced to battle with many other warriors to save his own life and the lives of those he loves.  One of the other warriors and his compatriots will be familiar to those who have read other books by Matthew Reilly.  Another exciting page turner that made me forgo other things and find a way to read among the chaos.

Grade A

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