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Distant Dreams: Judith Pella and Tracie Peterson

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Set in the Pre-Civil War Virginia in the times of Andrew Jackson’s presidency, Distant Dreams is about unladylike interest of a fifteen year old girl, Carolina, in Railways, and her unrequited love for James, her sister’s betrothed, who shares her passion for railways.  Despite the veneer of a novel about a woman’s ambitions in an era when such things were frowned upon, the novel is really about the romance between James and Carolina that follows the much-beaten path of romantic novels – misunderstandings and over-reactions with a vile business-man dad, and a scheming sister thrown in.

Don’t even think about it.

Between The World and Me: Ta-Nehisi Coates


The writer’s advice to his son on the race politics in US.  On what does it mean to be black in this country.  The fear of fathers of their sons getting hurt by police that is hopelessly prejudiced, the streets where one wrong move can mean death, the ghettoing of an entire race.  Coates writes with a visceral lucidity that brings these stark realities to the fore.  It makes you think and take a second look at the continuous divide that is not going away anytime soon.  Sadly, Coates doesn’t offer a solution.  Even though his anger at decades of slavery and his bitterness towards ‘the dreamers’ is justified, at the end you are left looking for an answer.

Recommendation: Read for a quick course on race relations in US.