I made miniature book ornaments for the little Christmas tree at my library!🎄
This reads like a thriller but still had me quietly crying throughout. It‘ll make you angry but still give you hope. Thrilled I will be leading a discussion of this beautiful book tomorrow at work with my colleagues and students.
I finished more books than I thought in July!
-Dread Nation (Ireland)🧟♀️
-The Glovemaker (Weisgarber)🧤
-Hunting a Detroit Tiger (Soos) ⚾️
-A Rule Against Murder (Penny) 🇨🇦
-Smoke and Mirrors (Griffiths)🎩
-The Lewis Man (May)🏴
-The Smoke at Dawn (Shaara) ⚔️
-What the Eyes Don‘t See (Hanna-Attisha)💧
-Brown Girl Dreaming (Woodson)❤️
-Faceless Killers (Mankell)🇸🇪
Now it‘s on to #letstravelaugust for more fun!
A phenomenal book that breaks your heart and fills you with rage. Systemic racism took away the power of the people, resulting in austerity measures that killed, and subjected thousands of children to lead poisoning. The story includes the theme of hope, but it is hard to see it through the reality of what happened in Flint.
(An excellent reading by the author, too.)
This is our One Maryland One Book choice for 2019. I knew a bit about the Flint water crisis and didn‘t think it was something very intriguing to read about, but Oh, how wrong so was! The author is the pediatrician “whistle blower” who called out the water issues in Flint. It was an interesting story with personal experiences and info about the children in her care. I also really enjoyed learning about her culture and family from Iraq. Well done!
It was frustrating to read this knowing that Flint is still dealing with this human-caused water crisis. Still, I enjoyed learning about the author‘s role in bringing the crisis to light and spurring some action. She wove in her family background, which provided good context. But my main feeling was sadness that the issue was ignored and covered up for far too long.
Such a good book about everything that went into this massive crisis. Detailed, but not overwhelmingly so, and extremely well researched and written. You‘ve seen me adding quote after quote, and there are so many more that I could‘ve put up. Just a great book though it‘s certainly depressing that it needed to be written.
“Two national studies ... described how hazardous waste facilities were consistently located in places where people of color tended to live. This fact is so persistent that race is the very best predictor of the presence of pollutants, even when controlled for other factors such as income and property values.” #science #FlintWaterCrisis #environmentalracism
“Cities around the country now felt unable to take their pipes for granted. Flint‘s story was a wake-up call. A 2016 investigation by the National Resources Defense Council found that fifty-three hundred water systems were in violation of federal lead rules.”
Holy crap. #InfrastructureDecade?!