Greetings and welcome to the Depressing Reality of Life on the Unrelenting Bleak Tundra Edition of You are What You Read.
In the Hopeful Sign Department I am happy to report that 2 of the Osprey families have returned to my Hood. So out of the 5 that normally live in Da Hood there are two which are back. That is all I’ve got for Hopeful Signs. Please People, if any of you happen upon a Hopeful Sign, won’t you consider sharing? Thank you.
This week we have Baltimore, South Africa, and Mongolia.
Playlist? There’s nothing joyful on the Tundra People. Get over that.
Let us begin!
Spunky Jill M is listening again. This week her pick is Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. “I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the audio version of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ latest Between the World and Me. Written in the form of letter to his teenage son, the author narrates the story with a poetic and metrical cadence. Ta-Nehisi Coates shares his experience and insights into the current racial climate building from his personal reality of growing up in Baltimore as an African-American male. He offers provocative questions while intellectually engaging the listener. While some may be put off by his forthright account, his rendition of his life in Baltimore rings true. I highly recommend this book for everyone, even if it takes you out of your comfort zone.”
The Fabulous Babs B is reading non-fiction this week with Once We Were Sisters by Sheila Kohler. “Sheila Kohler has written a beautiful and disturbing memoir of a beloved sister who died at the age of thirty-nine in circumstances that strongly suggest murder. When Sheila was thirty-seven, she learned that her sister, Maxine, was killed when her husband drove them off a deserted road in Johannesburg, South Africa. Shocked by the devastating news, she returned to the country where she was born, determined to come to reason with this tragedy, her family's history of choosing unsuitable men, and the lingering effects of their unusual childhood. Kohler recalls how the storybook existence she and her sister enjoyed on the family estate, was shattered by the death of their father and the misguided love of their mother, who is equal parts distant and suffocating. The reader follows the sisters to boarding school and to sojourns in Rome and Paris where they plan grand lives for themselves; lives that are interrupted when both marry young and discover they have made poor choices. Throughout this memoir Kohler movingly shows that the bond between sisters changes through time but never breaks, even after death.”
Barbara M is watching this week which is a rare thing for her. “I recently watched The Eagle Huntress, a documentary film about a 13 year old Mongolian girl, Aisholpan, who aspired to become an eagle hunter, a job traditionally held by men. Aisholpan’s father disregards tradition and teaches her to capture and train a golden eagle. She becomes proficient enough to compete in the eagle festival. The cinematography is exquisite and Aisholpan is a wonderful role model for young girls everywhere.”