My Autodidact Book list of January 2016

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These are a few books that I have been reading for a couple of months.  I am an autodidact so my hunger for knowledge and information can be a little overwhelming, but I love it.  These are books that I hope to finish by the end of the month, so that I can work on the many others that are in my crib, car, workplace, and bed.  Yes….I am guilty of loving books!!!!!  I will list the book with a sentence or two that spoke to me from the book.  Maybe it will give you a feel for why I decided to read it and why it’s my picks for January 2016.  Enjoy my list!!!

  • Mothers Who Can’t Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters by Susan Forward

Girls define their emerging womanhood by identifying and bonding with their moms.  But when that vital process is distorted – because their mothers are abusive, critical, smothering, depressed, neglectful, or distant – they’re left to struggle alone to try to find a solid sense of themselves and their place in the world.

 

  • Double Burden: Black Women and Everyday Racism by Yanick St. Jean, Joe R. Feagin

Racial-gender stereotypes defend discriminatory practices.  Black women are undeserving pariahs and offenders before whites and even before the Almighty.

 

  • Is Everyone Really Equal?: An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education by Özlem Sensoy, Robin DiAngelo

All people are individuals, but they are also members of social groups.  These social groups are valued unequally in society.  Social injustice is real, exists today, and results in unequal access to resources between groups of people.

 

  • Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, The Sleep You’re Missing, The Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You Crazy by Julie Holland

If a woman behaves in a way that a man finds uncontrollable or inconvenient, she will be accused of being hysterical, basically being told she doesn’t have a right to feel or act that way because it isn’t in line with how a man would feel or act.  Keep in mind, many a boy grows up at the mercy of his mother’s emotions, and so men fear the emotionality of women.

 

  • Beyond Bondage: Free Women of Color in the Americas by David Barry Gaspar

The earliest Spanish record about Maroons in the Americas appears in Governor Nicolas de Ovando’s complaint in 1503 to the Spanish crown that runaway slaves could not be recovered from Indian hideouts in the mountains of Hispaniola.

 

  • More than Chattel: Black Women and Slavery in the Americas by David Barry Gaspar

Gendered relations and expectations within the slave societies of the Americas constituted a powerful force that shaped the lives of slaves in such a way that slave women experienced slavery quite differently from slave men, although it is difficult to identify a strong sense of such differentiation in the slave laws.

 

  • Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight by M.E. Thomas

Psychopaths are social predators who charm, manipulate, and ruthlessly plow their way through life, leaving a road trail of broken hearts, shattered expectations, and empty wallets.

 

  • Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men by Lundy Bancroft

One of the best ways to tell how deep a man’s control problem goes is by seeing how he reacts when you start demanding that he treats you better.  If he accepts your grievances and actually takes steps to change what he does, the prospects for the future brighten somewhat.

 

  • Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance
    by Noam Chomsky

The new imperial grand strategy presents the United States as a revisionist state seeking to parlay its momentary advantages into a world order in which it runs the show, prompting others to find ways to “work around, undermine, contain and retaliate against U.S. power.”

 

  • Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-first Century by Monique W. Morris

Every day Black Americans are the subject of memes that do little more than caricature their life experiences for public consumption.

 

  • Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell

Black preference for high-end status brands was driven by the need to compensate for feelings of low self-esteem.  Our penchant for a lopsided spending/savings ratio grew out of our need for immediate gratification, based on a chilling pessimism about an uncertain future.

 

  • The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

Religion is based on Faith, not knowledge.

 

  • Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda by Noam Chomsky

State propaganda, when supported by the educated classes and when no deviation is permitted from it, can have a big effect.  It was a lesson learned by Hitler and many others, and it has been pursued to this day.

 

  • Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey by Marcus Garvey

He introduced the flag of the Red, Black, and Green, “the most enduring of the U.N.I.A.’s external trappings of nationhood as the official colors of the African race.

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