Suggested readings of the month August ’12: Fifty Shades of Grey

Hello family, it’s that time of the month again. This month’s suggested readings are:

  1. 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James
  2.  The color of Water by James MacBride

The following are the Editorial Reviews the book has received: 

“The books are not well written, incredibly repetitive, there is little character development, and the sex scenes are, well, vanilla. ” – sailorgirl27

“This book had me turning the pages and wanting to know what happens in the end. ” – Nix 

In an interview with Salon, several dominatrices have responded that while submission can be an escape from daily stresses, they also frequently have male clients and that trust is a big factor in dominant/submissive relationships.

One interviewed former dominatrix and author, Melissa Febos, stated that even if the book’s popularity was a result of women’s “current anxieties about equality” that it “doesn’t mean that it’s “evidence of unhappiness, or an invalidation of feminism, … it might actually be a sign of progress that millions of women are so hungrily pursuing sexual fantasies independent of men.”

Writing in The Huffington Post, critic Soraya Chemaly argued that interest in the series was not a trend, but squarely within the tradition and success of the romance category which is driven by tales of virgins, damaged men and submission/dominance themes. Instead, she wrote, the books are notable not for transgressive sex but for how women are using technology to subvert gendered shame by exploring explicit sexual content privately using e-readers. Instead of submission fantasies representing a post-feminist discomfort with power and free will, women’s open consumption, sharing and discussion of sexual content is a feminist success.

 The following are the Editorial Reviews the book has received: 

“The Color of Water is a great book written by James McBride about his mother.” Sal 

“Before I knew it, I was finished reading the book, although many times I would think about the things I learned while reading.” Sara Steelman

“It is truly a story told from the heart, as the love that the author has for his mother is evident with every written word.”  – Lawyeraau Review
Order this book … and please don’t be put off by its pallid subtitle, A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, which doesn’t begin to do justice to the utterly unique and moving story contained within.

The Color of Water tells the remarkable story of Ruth McBride Jordan, the two good men she married, and the 12 good children she raised. Jordan, born Rachel Shilsky, a Polish Jew, immigrated to America soon after birth; as an adult she moved to New York City, leaving her family and faith behind in Virginia. Jordan met and married a black man, making her isolation even more profound.

The book is a success story, a testament to one woman’s true heart, solid values, and indomitable will. Ruth Jordan battled not only racism but also poverty to raise her children and, despite being sorely tested, never wavered. In telling her story–along with her son’s–The Color of Water addresses racial identity with compassion, insight, and realism. It is, in a word, inspiring, and you will finish it with unalloyed admiration for a flawed but remarkable individual. And, perhaps, a little more faith in us all. —This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

The need to clarify his racial identity prompted the author to penetrate his veiled and troubled family history. Ruth McBride Jordan concealed her former life as Rachel Deborah Shilsky, the daughter of an Orthodox Jewish rabbi, from her children. Her grim upbringing in an abusive environment is left behind when she moves to Harlem, marries a black man, converts to Christianity, and cofounds a Baptist congregation with her husband.

The courage and tenacity shown by this twice-widowed mother who manages to raise 12 children, all of whom go on to successful careers, are remarkable. The intertwined accounts, told alternately by mother and son, are enhanced by the gifted voices of readers Andre Braugher and Lainie Kazan. Highly recommended for public libraries. – Linda Bredengerd, Univ. of Pittsburgh Lib., Bradford, Pa. (2006)

Both books are available on Let me know what you think of the book after you’ve read them. Although both books represent different ends of the interracial spectrum, these books are you assist and guide those new to the interracial life with how to deal with dating, marriage and raising an interracial family…

It is said that reading stimulates the mind. The more you read, the more you open your mind up to new ways of thinking and thus the more creative you will become. Happy reading as always. I hope you’ll enjoy the suggested readings of the month August ’12: Fifty Shades of Grey.


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