The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Vignes twin sisters grew up in a small, black community in Louisiana. At the age of sixteen they run away in search of a different life. Many years later one sister returns to that small town she grew up in with her daughter. The other secretly passes as white, living with her white husband and daughter who knows nothing of her past. Brit Bennett weaves together several strands and generations of family while exploring the history of passing in America. There were several subjects that come up in the book that I felt could have been discussed more fully, which makes this an excellent choice for book club.

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July Reads

It’s been a month of intense reading. I am determined to increase my understanding of the issues of racism facing America so I can make better decisions. Calvin Baker’s book – A More Perfect ReUnion is an incredible book about the history of racism in this country. The book Passing by Nella Larsen was written in the 1920’s and is as important today as it was then. The Pale Rider covers the social and cultural aspects of the 1918 Influenza pandemic. Along with John Barry’s book the Great Influenza this gives an incredible background on what went on in 1918.

I am ready for some lighter reads.