I’m joining the What’s On Your Bookshelf challenge for February! I’ve read three books so far this month, one non-fiction, one based on a true story and one YA fiction; Frederick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom; The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris; and Rebecca Roanhorse’s Race to the Sun.
Frederick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom (1855) is an incredible book; a must read for a more in-depth understanding of US history. Douglass describes the details of his years as an enslaved person; the violence, the starvation, the lack of liberty to make choices about work, life partner and children. Despite privation, Douglass made the most of his scant opportunities.
After a brief exposure to reading, Douglass determinedly taught himself to read, write and spell. Later, as a young man he taught secret reading classes. After he escaped slavery, he founded and edited an abolitionist newspaper, the North Star. He gave lectures on his life history to large crowds of Caucasian northerners. Powerful story of freedom written by a US hero. Thanks to Freethinking Bibliophile for the book recommendation.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz (2018) by Heather Morris is based on the experiences of Lale Sokolov in Auschwitz. It chronicles the inhumanity, chaos and quick changes of fate in the Nazi death camps. Surprisingly enough, it also speaks of love. Lale told Heather Morris how he met his wife Gita in that terrible circumstance and how he worked to help them survive. Somehow Lale built community in that deadly place and people worked to protect one another however they could.
The third book is a YA novel by Rebecca Roanhorse, Race to the Sun (2019), which combines Diné (Navajo) traditional stories with the theme of modern youth coming of age. A teen and her brother go on a hero’s quest to fight against monsters who are crushing their way of life. Over the course of their journey to the sun the siblings gain confidence in their abilities and in their traditions, and they’re able to save their mother whom they’d lost. Fabulous retelling of Diné legends. This book is part of the Rick Riordan Presents series sharing ancient legends from around the world with a new generation.
What are you reading this month? ¡Olé! –Rebecca