November 12, 2012 //
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by PostScript’d, theGrio
This week’s list provides an opportunity to laugh with Paul Mooney or seriously examine race with Richard Wright.
But, if you just want to relax and not think about gas lines, elections and the state of the country, we at Postscript’d have thrown in the Guinness Book of World Records, a classic page turner that will leave you in awe of the things that people have set out to accomplish.
Why Is This Country So Divided? Some Answers Found On Our List.
Election fatigue? This week’s list provides an opportunity to laugh with Paul Mooney and Stephen Colbert. If you just want to relax and not think about gas lines, elections and the state of the country, we at Postscript’d have thrown in Guinness World Records (2013), a perennial bestseller that will leave you in awe of the things that people have set out to accomplish.
Paul Mooney is considered the godfather of comedy, having written for the greats of the past, like Richard Pryor and the greats of today, like Dave Chappelle (who wrote the foreword in this book). His talent is legendary. Mooney is the thinking man’s comic, and his favorite targets are white people and race. In Black Is The New White, Mooney offers a look into comic history as he shares intimate stories and gives his insight and perspective on the racial division that continues to plague society today.
Born today in 1847, Abraham (Bram) Stoker spent the first seven years of his life bedridden with a childhood illness. He fully recovered and later graduated from Trinity College in Dublin with honors in mathematics. He worked as a business manager and auditor, but in his spare time he wrote short stories, including this classic bestselling horror novel, Dracula.
The political news satirist Stephen Colbert, also known as and not to be confused with Stephen Colbert, the regular person who lives in South Carolina with his wife and family, is back with another New York Times bestseller. And this time, he’s serious…or maybe he’s not. The host and star of the Colbert Report has written below-the-belt with some hard-hitting truths and analysis about the state of America, basically saying we were never as great as we thought we were. But he does with a wink, a nod and a chuckle.
A reference book of world records for both human and nature’s achievements, this book itself holds a couple of world records of its own. First as the best selling copyrighted book of all time and second as most frequently stolen book from the library of all time. We wonder if our recently re-elected president will make it in as the first black man to be elected twice for president in next year’s edition?
3. True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple Pure
by Andrew Weil, MD and Sam Fox with Michael Stebner (Little, Brown Company)
A frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Today Show, Dr. Weil received his medical degree and undergraduate degree in biology from Harvard University, where he established the field of integrative medicine. This is a field that works to integrate conventional and alternative medicine when treating patients. In this book, filled with more than 125 original recipes, Dr. Weil and Chef Micheal Stebner demonstrate food choices that are delicious with ingredients that help promote optimal health in the body.
2. Black Boy
by Richard Wright (Harper Collins Publishing)
If the election did nothing, it pointed out the glaring racial divide that continues to exist in this country. Have things improved? Yes. However, the atrocities committed decades ago against a race of people for nothing more than the color of their skin, are still being committed today. In black communities, voters had to stand and wait five and six hours to vote, the academic prowess of Barack Obama has to be proven after having served four years, and a young black men can be murdered still without cause. In Black Boy, Richard Wright opens the reader to his life as a black man from childhood to adulthood, as he deals with the myriad issues that go with being black in America…then, and unfortunately now.
Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2006 National Council of Teachers of English Award for excellence in poetry for children. In this book, illustrated by Bryan Collier, Grimes relates the inspiring story of America’s first African American president, Barack Obama. The book is a gift of encouragement and confidence for all children, but especially for those children who may feel left out of the American Dream. Children from single-parent homes, living in poverty, or who may not see a future for themselves can get a different perspective for their lives. The seed that anything hoped for is possible will be planted in the mind of any child that reads this.