Monday, May 21, 2012

Novels Set in the South During the Civil Rights Movement

Sometimes I'll pick up a notion and not know why. Often I find that those notions are completely wrong. When The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine showed up on my door step, I thought oh no, another boring Civil Rights novel. Haven't we seen enough of them already?

As I read Marlee's story I become immediately submersed in her life. I'm not a numbers person but I love when someone else's passion lets me see the beauty in what they love. As someone who does not look like the stereotypes of my own ethnicity, I could really relate to Liz. After I finished this book that ended up all too short because I didn't want to leave the good people of the world Kristin Levine illuminated so beautifully I realized I don't dislike Civil Rights novels. I loved Spite Fences by Trudy Krisher, My Mother the Cheerleader by Robert Sharenow, The Help, and many, many more. Where the heck did I ever get that notion. I do know that every time I have hesitantly picked up one of these books even though it wasn't one of my preferred genres, I have been surprised and delighted.

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