Librarian for Black Lives Matter

The Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. While America was focused on the current COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism and police brutality continued to murder Black men and women. The morning after the march in Seattle in response to George Floyd’s murder, I was reading Jane Eyre with an incredible sense of guilt. It wasn’t just my white privilege guilt it was also the guilt of reading an even more white privileged author and fictional character. 

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Twenty Thousand Review

I read a lot of books and I like to think that I am a fast reader. However, this book proved me wrong. It took me about two months to finish this book, over three hundred pages! I’ve read long books before, mostly academic which makes them more skim-able. The past two months of reading this book has taught me that fiction books are harder to skim, at least for me.

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Breeze)

This week’s literary cocktail is a Sea Breeze for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, another feature from Tim Federle’s book Tequila Mockingbird

Another summer cocktail in February, wow, do I know how to pick ‘em?! Luckily, with global warming making February in the upper 50’s and rainy, it isn’t hard to imagine it’s cool enough to enjoy a sea breeze. I really chose this cocktail because I already have cranberry juice from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest that needed to be used up and I wanted to read the book (win win). While the book is very long and can take a while to get into, it’s easy to have more than one sea breeze.

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“The White Commission Report”

When I was in high school, my mom and I were in a mother-daughter book club. One of the books we read was about a young girl who joined the wrestling team. It was written by a man and the absolute worst book I’ve ever read. He had no clue what it was like to be a teenager and had the audacity to write about her period. After reading such an atrocity of a book, I vowed never to read a book with a female protagonist written by a man. And I did pretty well up until now.

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One Flew Over the Review

I always like to read a little background on a book or author before I sink my teeth into their work. As a good researcher, I looked to Wikipedia for some quick insight into Kesey’s influence and motivation to write One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. According to Wiki, Kesey had worked at a Veteran’s hospital while in college and much of his influence on the book came from his conversations with the patients (and his own imagination under hallucinogenic drugs).

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Cuckoo for Cosmos

This cocktail from Federle’s book, Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist, is a classic cosmopolitan.

Per Federle’s suggestion, I paired this book with a cosmopolitan. However, as per usual, I misread an ingredient and did not feel like buying a huge bottle of triple sec. So, to drink along, substitute lemon juice for lime juice and find non-alcoholic triple sec at your local grocery store (it’s small and cheap). I also do not own a shaker, so I chilled all liquids in the fridge overnight then mixed them in a stemless wine glass.

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