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Same, Sherman

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Sherman Alexie is the first writer of color that I ever read besides Frederick Douglass, and I didn’t read him until college. He and his writing have been immensely influential and this book about his mom completely captivated me.  Continue reading “Same, Sherman”

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Thankful for…

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I’m a day late, but I still don’t want to get into the whole issue with Thanksgiving Day and its misconstrued history. Instead, I thought I’d go along with the “thankful” theme and reflect on all of the joys and blessings I have encountered in my life for the year, book related and not book related. Continue reading “Thankful for…”

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Mentors

Junot Diaz

Like a lot of people of color, I had difficulty finding mentors when I was a student. I had some really amazing teachers all throughout my schooling, but I never had a close relationship with any of them. There was no one to help me, no one to talk to, and no one to relate to. And our backgrounds had a lot to do with it. That’s some of my favorite writers of color have become what I like to call at-a-distance mentors.

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