Josina Guess is the assistant editor of The Bitter Southerner. She has contributed to an anthology called Fight Evil with Poetry as well as to a forthcoming book called Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Justice and Jesus. Josina grew up in Washington, D.C., and now lives in northeast Georgia in an old farmhouse with her husband, four children, and lots of animals.
Cara Meredith is a writer, speaker, and activist. She is the author of The Color of Life: A Journey Toward Love and Racial Justice, which released in 2019. As a white woman, Cara journeys toward understanding the racial realities of individual and systemic racism through falling in love with the son of a black icon and raising two mixed-raced sons. Cara, a former high school English teacher and outreach director, lives with her husband and two sons in Oakland, California.
Cara and Josina join host Jen Pollock Michel to talk about the reading life in our cultural moment. They bring a wide range of recommendations, especially for following writers of color. They also recommend some fantastic children’s books!
Books Mentioned in this Episode:
- Fight Evil with Poetry edited by Micah Bournes and Chris Campbell
- The Color of Life: A Journey Toward Love and Racial Justice by Cara Meredith
- Unmarriageable: A Novel by Soniah Kamal
- Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston by Valerie Boyd
- Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker by Valerie Boyd (forthcoming)
- The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby
- New Kid: A Graphic Novel by Jerry Craft
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
- Ordinary Light: A Memoir by Tracy K. Smith
- The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander
- Real American: A Memoir by Julie Lythcott-Haims
- Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxanne Gay
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Mother to Son: Letters to a Black Boy on Identity and Hope by Jasmine L. Holmes
- Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys Into Race, Motherhood and History by Camille T. Dungy
- Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
- A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation by Barry Wittenstein and Jerry Pinkney
- Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy by Sheryll Cashin
- Reconciliation Blues: A Black Evangelical’s Inside View of White Christianity by Edward Gilbreath
- Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier
- Children of God Storybook Bible by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
- Manna and Mercy: A Brief History of God’s Unfolding Promise to Mend the Entire Universe by Daniel Erlander
- The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by Clayborne Carson
- Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land by Leah Penniman
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