• "Transcendent Kingdom" by Yaa Gyasi

    Posted by Jayme Pingrey on 8/31/2021

    Transcendent Kingdom

    This realistic fiction novel is told from the perspective of Gifty, a post-doc students whose research centers on changing the behaviors of addiction in lab mice.  Throughout her story, she slowly reveals herself to the reader, sharing stories of her upbringing in the South, the complications of being black (and Ghanan) in America, and the role addiction played in her own family.  

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  • Podcast: Nice White Parents

    Posted by Jayme Pingrey on 9/1/2020

    From the Creators of Serial, a five part series. 

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  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

    Posted by Jayme Pingrey on 2/1/2015
     Cover I was excited about our January 2015 BHS Book Club selection, The Invention of Wings.  Having recently read  The Kitchen House earlier in 2014, I was fascinated about exploring another fictional perspective of the slave/owner relationship set in the South before the Civil War.  
     
    While The Kitchen House was a quick read, The Invention of Wings was a little choppy, but  moved similarly quickly through the storyline.  The book is told from the perspective of Sarah Grimke, the daughter of a southern Lawyer, and the slave that is gifted to her on her eleventh birthday, Hetty "Handful."  Even though at the age of eleven, Sarah Grimke knows that she doesn't believe in owning people, she is powerless to refuse her servant gift, and struggles her whole life with the privilege that she is born into and finding a way for her voice to be heard.  What I appreciated most about this book is that the author did a nice job writing the complicated and strained relationship between the two girls, and eventually, women.
     
    Probably my favorite part of the book, however, is the author's afterword, and the biographical information about Sarah Grimke and her Sister Angelina.  I didn't realize that the book was inspired by the lives of these two ladies, and made me infinitely appreciate the story more.  
     
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