Friday, March 27, 2009

Book News: Family Properties by Beryl Satter

'Family Properties’ Thoroughly Examines Racism In Real Estate

Rutgers University history professor Beryl Satter, has turned the story of her father and the Boltons into a penetrating window on the financial discrimination that African-Americans encountered in their northward migration to cities like Chicago.More

"Life Is Short But Wide" by J. California Cooper

Random House

Like the small towns J. California Cooper has so vividly portrayed in her previous novels and story collections, Wideland, Oklahoma, is home to ordinary Americans struggling to raise families, eke out a living, and fulfill their dreams. In the early twentieth century, Irene and Val fall in love in Wideland. While carving out a home for themselves, they also allow neighbors Bertha and Joseph to build a house and live on their land. The next generation brings two girls for Irene and Val, and a daughter for Bertha and Joseph. As the families cope with the hardships that come with changing times and fortunes, and people are born and pass away, the characters learn the importance of living one’s life boldly and squeezing out every possible moment of joy. More