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« Reply #30 on: March 03, 2019, 11:03:24 PM »
What, we're no longer allowed to read books about *white* whales?  Reverse racism!


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« Reply #31 on: March 04, 2019, 12:35:23 AM »
What, we're no longer allowed to read books about *white* whales?  Reverse racism!


(I was going to use the Archer Bartleby the Scribner joke here but I already used that on another forum this week)

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« Reply #32 on: June 10, 2019, 11:33:26 AM »
So, I'm halfway through this year and had some time on my hands here at work and decided to make a count of the gender/racial makeup of authors I've read.  At least two of the books I've read this year have multiple authors.  I listed those books by their top billing.



White Male   15
White Female   3
Black Female   5
Black Male      1
Black Transgender (they/them)   1
Unknown Female?   1


The last entry is a book I picked up on a lark.  The name of the author is most likely female but I can find no information on the author at all.  The main character of the book was female and the voice felt really authentic to me, but that doesn't really mean anything because how would I know.


Most of my 8 non-fiction so far were written by men.  The one exception being "The New Jim Crow" written by a black female.  The others were by a mixture of authors from primarily white and/or Jewish backgrounds.




I went out of my way to read black authors back in Feb.  Sort of a theme.  Other than that, I haven't been dedicated to my original concept.  I fell into a Sanderson trilogy I wasn't familiar with and had to read it.  Same with a Scalzi book I found on sale.

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« Reply #33 on: June 11, 2019, 01:57:19 AM »
Props to you for tracking this, Calinthalus. Reading diversely is so important. I've got a long way to go on this myself, but I'm working on it.

A recent great scientific/skeptical book by a female author is Good to Go by Christie Aschwanden. It is ostensibly about recent fads in athletic training, but it really just uses that subject as a vehicle for explaining the scientific method, the difference between science and pseudoscience, and how to be a good critical thinker.

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« Reply #34 on: September 02, 2019, 05:16:25 PM »
Uh oh, looking over my Goodreads account it seems like this is a MAGA year for books - Make Authors Great...ly deficient in melanin Again.  MAGDIMA?  16/20 books by English or American white males.  I managed to squeeze in some James Baldwin at least.  Two of the female authors I read (Jane Mayer and Sarah Vowell) were only on my radar because they are constantly popping up on public radio programs I listen to, so not much of a divergence from my normal habits.  I guess the Turing bio I read vaguely falls under LGBT issues, and I'm currently working through the Mismeasure of Man.

Does Candace Owens have a book yet?  Or Blair White?    >:D

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« Reply #35 on: September 05, 2019, 08:11:44 PM »
I've been trying this the last few years and I think I have way too high standards for books not matter who the author is.  Most of the books I read I think are "meh"
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« Reply #36 on: September 05, 2019, 08:22:53 PM »
Honestly, looking at my Goodreads, probably the best fiction I have read all year so far was by a African American woman.  I couldn't pick a favorite book, but the whole Broken Earth trilogy was great.
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« Reply #37 on: September 23, 2019, 11:42:33 PM »
So I'm going full-on Black History Month seven months late.  Finally checked out The New Jim Crow.  I think the message has been so quickly absorbed over the past few years that nothing is striking me as particularly surprising so far.

One big issue though - was the editor snoozing on the job for the first edition of this book?  My copy literally says there's been 200 years since the Emancipation Proclamation in the first sentence of chapter 1.  Am I screwing up the math here, or is that 50 years off?

 

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