Sunday, April 12, 2015

Book #124: Losing My Cool

Thomas Chatterton Williams' Losing My Cool: Love, Literature and a Black Man's Escape from the Crowd is one of the smartest most interesting and relevant books my students have assigned me so far.

The writing is amazing, thoughtful, deep and relevant.

The writer is someone you'd sit next to and listen to for hours, trusting him to take your places with his stories.

His mother was white, his father was black, and they very intentionally raised him to be black because that would be "the way the world would see him."  The author takes pieces of his black identity and plays with it, dances with it, analyzes it and leaves the reader waiting for his book.

The day after I finished reading this book I personally thanked the student who assigned it to me and asked her if I could lend it to another student.  It's that good.
Read this book.