Hello everybody! I am glad to be back today with the meme/series by Nikki @ The night is dark and full of books. For Searching Saturday, each Saturday has a new topic and you talk about books that fit into that topic to add to your TBR or just to inform your readers about. For info on how to join in, click here. Without further hesitation, let’s get into this Searching Saturday.
This week’s topic is Abandoned Books; searching for books in genres that I don’t often reach for.
Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell
“From acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse. In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their determination would change it. Richard and Mildred Loving were at the heart of a Supreme Court case that legalized marriage between races, and a story of the devoted couple who faced discrimination, fought it, and won.” – Goodreads
As always, I search for my books on Goodreads. I decided to click on Explore and find a genre on the side that I never read and I chose Poetry because I have never read a poetry book before. As always, I was instantly drawn to this cover because of the colors and the already strong message that the cover is giving off. After reading the description (and isn’t this a movie?), I so want to pick this up and read it.
Rest in Power by Sybrina Fulton
“Trayvon Martin s parents take readers beyond the news cycle with an account only they could give: the intimate story of a tragically foreshortened life and the rise of a movement.
On a February evening in 2012, in a small town in central Florida, seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking home with candy and a can of juice in hand and talking on the phone with a friend when a fatal encounter with a gun-wielding neighborhood watchman ended his young life. The watchman was briefly detained by the police and released.
Trayvon’s father, a truck driver named Tracy, tried to get answers from the police but was shut down and ignored. Trayvon’s mother, a civil servant for the city of Miami, was paralyzed by the news of her son’s death and lost in mourning, unable to leave her room for days. But in a matter of weeks, their son’s name would be spoken by President Obama, honored by professional athletes, and passionately discussed all over traditional and social media. And at the head of a growing nationwide campaign for justice were Trayvon’s parents, who driven by their intense love for their lost son discovered their voices, gathered allies, and launched a movement that would change the country.
Five years after his tragic death, Travyon Martin’s name is still evoked every day. He has become a symbol of social justice activism, as has his hauntingly familiar image: the photo of a child still in the process of becoming a young man, wearing a hoodie and gazing silently at the camera. But who was Trayvon Martin, before he became, in death, an icon? And how did one black child s death on a dark, rainy street in a small Florida town become the match that lit a civil rights crusade?
Rest in Power, told through the compelling alternating narratives of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, answers, for the first time, those questions from the most intimate of sources. It s the story of the beautiful and complex child they lost, the cruel unresponsiveness of the police and the hostility of the legal system, and the inspiring journey they took from grief and pain to power, and from tragedy and senselessness to meaning.” – Goodreads
In the Biography section of Goodreads, I found this one of Trayvon Martin making me want to look at it. There of course is a reason that I don’t pick up biography’s and it’s because they remind me of elementary school projects and they can sometimes hold a lot of history I don’t understand of powerful people. But here is one about a kid unrightfully killed, an ordinary person, and I’d love the see the style of that.
The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu
“Everyone who really knows Brooklyn knows Devonairre Street girls are different. They’re the ones you shouldn’t fall in love with. The ones with the curse. The ones who can get you killed.
Lorna Ryder is a Devonairre Street girl, and for years, paying lip service to the curse has been the small price of living in a neighborhood full of memories of her father, one of the thousands killed five years earlier in the 2001 Times Square Bombing. Then her best friend’s boyfriend is killed, and suddenly a city paralyzed by dread of another terrorist attack is obsessed with Devonairre Street and the price of falling in love.
Set in an America where recent history has followed a different path.” – Goodreads
No matter how much of a supporter I am for the LGBTQ+ community I am, I don’t ever seem to read lesbian or gay books and that is where I found this one on Goodreads. It took me a little longer to see which one caught my eye especially because there were quite a few that I already knew (and had no idea they were lgbt) but then I saw the lemons. The description doesn’t give a direct explanation as to where “the gay” comes in but I’d really like to see where the elements of the cover come together. And to find out it has fantastical elements makes it even more intriguing.
That’s all I have for you today! Comment down below if you’ve heard of any of these books and if I should read them – Kambria