Thursday, June 18, 2020

First Line Friday #111


First Line Friday is brought to you by Hoarding Books. Playing along is easy: open the book nearest you and share the first line. Then check out the link to see the other first lines posted this week.

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

"White people in North America live in a society that is deeply separate and unequal by race, and white people are the beneficiaries of that separation and inequality."

I read this book a couple years ago and have returned to it time and again. We all have biases we need to confront. From there we can figure out why we think that way, surrounded ourselves with people we can learn from, and change our thinking. This means hard questions and uncomfortable conversations but we are never going to become better if we don't start moving forward.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think, and leave a link to your FLF so I can stop by to see what you've posted this week.

Happy Reading!
Sarah

22 comments:

  1. "There was no mail for me that morning, but that was no surprise. There had been no mail for me in the three weeks I'd been renting the tiny second-floor suite of offices near Oxford Street. I closed the door of the outer eight by ten office, skirted the table and chair that might one day house a receptionist if the time ever came that Cavell Investigations could run to such glamorous extras, and pushed open the door marked 'Private'"

    The Satan Bug by Alistair Maclean

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    1. The title is endlessly intriguing. Thanks for sharing your line!

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  2. Such a powerful book! Have a wonderful weekend!!

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    1. It really is, and I wish we could require everyone to read it. I've read it so many times, it is going to fall apart!

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  3. I do enjoy books that make me think and even go so far as changing my mindset. This one is on a lot of lists right now.

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    1. This one is a must-read (I wish for everyone) but for anyone who wants to understand and grow from everything happening in the US right now. Especially people who consider themselves allies and members of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. It's fantastic.

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  4. Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog, I'm sharing the first line from Fair as a Star by Mimi Matthews: https://christianfictiongirl.blog/2020/06/19/first-line-friday-140/. I'm currently reading The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey so I will share a line from there:
    "Rissi followed Noah into the station, glad to be back. It’d already been a long day."
    Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂❤📚

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  5. "You know, sir, I have often told you, that one time or other I should give t vhe publick some memoirs of my own life; at which you have never fail'd to laugh, like a friend, without saying a word to dissuade me from it; concluding, I suppose, that such a wild thought could not possibly require a serious answer."

    Colley Cibber: "An Apology for the life of Mr.Colley Cibber, &c."

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    1. Thanks for sharing your line, I will be interested to see what you say about the book!

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  6. My first line is from A Gilded Lady by Elizabeth Camden which I finished this week.
    June 30, 1900
    There was no such thing as a typical day at the White House, but Caroline Delacroix’s morning took a particularly difficult turn the moment she walked into her crowded office,

    Happy Reading!

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  7. Happy Friday! I have seen that book a lot lately! Seems very applicable to our current time. Today, I'm sharing the first line from The Heart of a Hero by Susan May Warren: "In the daylight, Jake Silver wasn't the devil."

    https://moments-of-beauty.blogspot.com/2020/06/first-line-fridays-heart-of-hero-by.html

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    1. I bought it a few years ago and have read it many times since. I highly recommend it to pretty much everyone I meet, it is a must-read for (everyone, I wish) anyone who truly wants to understand and grow and be a better ally.

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  8. Happy Friday!!
    Over on my blog I shared one of the lines from Key to Everything by Valerie Frasier Luesse
    "Sometime during the night, it had begun to rain, a steady downpour pelting the tin roof of Aunt Gert's bungalow and lightly misting Peyton's face."
    https://www.musingsofasassybookishmama.com/2020/06/first-line-friday-key-to-everything.html

    Have a great weekend!

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  9. I ordered a copy of this one about a month ago, and it finally arrived today! I'm really eager to give it a read. I've listened to Diangelo speak a few times.

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    1. It is WONDERFUL. I bought it a couple years ago but have read it many times since. I wish everyone in the US could be made to read it. It is powerful and crucial, especially at this point where the protests and energy feel so different, and real change is coming.

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  10. "Richard kept his head down. Not all those cow pies were frozen, and the ones that were could turn an ankle." From Readme by Neal Stephenson.

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