S2E4: Black History Month



This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss books by Black authors as well as some history on Black History Month! During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink Plum Deluxe’s Gingerbread Chai Tea. What’s so great about Plum Deluxe’s tea is that everything is perfectly flavoured–Andy does a great job of making things blend so smoothly. It’s like he matchmakes the tea flavours into the perfect marriage. As Plum Deluxe Ambassadors, you can use our code BOOKSANDTEA and our link to get 10% off your first order.

Kyrie’s pick, The Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, which Kyrie found too challenging to read, while Cori loved this book. The story takes off slowly, but picks up speed as connections are revealed and layers are peeled away. And as always, Cori is a sucker for descriptive and poetic writing. It is the story of the complications of family, and more specifically the story of a young privileged black man growing up in the 1930’s who has everything and nothing. He doesn’t really fit in anywhere, and it takes a journey south to learn about his family’s roots and discovers a different way to live.

Cori’s selection, We are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby is not for the faint of heart. Kyrie read it a while ago, and remembers being taken aback by how blunt and straight to the point Samantha was about her life and the things she was going through. While Cori felt a bit embarrassed and uncomfortable at times with that bluntness, she also appreciated the honesty with which she shared her life. There are also plenty of laugh out loud moments, and it was great to explore both the commonalities and differences in life experiences shared by us and a queer woman of color.

Coming Up Next Week

Kyrie and Cori explore the genre of classic “chic lit!”

Kyrie’s Pick: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Cori’s Pick: Emma by Jane Austen

References:
http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month


One thought on “S2E4: Black History Month

  1. Here’s a suggestion for next year’s discussion – you might think about a one-book session, because it’s so detailed: White like her, by Gail Lukasik. It’s the story of the author’s discovery that her mother “passed as white” and how she researched her mom’s ancestry to discover that whole side of her family. Since her mother was born and raised in Louisiana, it goes into the very complex multiracial heritage of that region, even back to the Native American and early European settlers. In my mind, it helps to raise questions about why in our actual society we have such strict ways of thinking/classifying people racially when so many people are multiracial. One suggestion – if you decide to read it, make an ancestry chart as you go to help you keep track of people and how they relate to the author and each other.

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