Wednesday, August 26, 2009

My Summer Reading

These are a couple of the books I have been reading...

Say You're One of Them is a book of fiction written by a Nigerian Jesuit Uwem Akpan.

It is an excellent book, well written, drawing you into his five short stories.

They are stories that are sad and depressing, and they feel like actual accounts of what is going on in Africa right now.

For those of us who are committed to the MDGs and lifting nations in Africa out of poverty and war, this is a book you cannot miss.

Bath Massace written by Arnie Bernstein tells the story of the first school bombing in American history that took place in Bath, MI in May 1927.

"Criminals are not born, they are made."

These haunting words said by the Virginia Tech shooter, were written by the bomber Andrew Kehoe in 1927 and left on the fence at his farm that he destroyed the same morning the Bath Consolidated School was devastated by his bomb.

Bernstein really gets you to see not only the children, the teachers and others who were witnesses and victims, but wonderfully threads the events before, during and after the bombing. He richly tells a tale that needs to be remembered!

Now on my nightstand: Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture & Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age

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