Friday, November 27, 2009

The Friendship & The Gold Cadillac

Author: Mildred D. Taylor

First line: “Now don’t y’all go touchin’ nothin’,” Stacey warned as we stepped onto the porch of the Wallace store.

Why you should read this book: Two stories by an award-winning author depict a moment in American history when civil rights in the deep south existed only as a dream that could scarcely be expressed aloud. In “The Friendship,” Cassie and her brothers witness the hypocrisy of a white man who owes everything to the black man who saved his life but cannot express his gratitude for fear of the repercussions from his community. In “The Gold Cadillac,” two little girls delight when their father brings home a symbol of their prosperity, but only gradually understand why their mother objects to his pride.

Why you shouldn’t read this book: You always do what you want, and damn the consequences.

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