So, technically speaking I haven’t finished Pachinko (by Min Jin Lee) yet… It’s 485 pages and it hasn’t been a great week for reading, but unless it really falls apart, I think I can recommend it, assuming you like historical fiction.

Essentially, it tells the story of a Korean family living (so far) in Korea and Japan in the 20th century. As a fan of MASH, you’d think I’d know this wasn’t a great time for Korea, but this book made me realize I really don’t know even the basics other than the fact that the Korean War followed shortly after WW2. The characters are very engaging and I do feel really invested in what’s going to happen to them. Not quite as much of a page turner as The Animators was for me, but I think I will ultimately be glad to have read it.

The book does speak a lot about the racism faced by Koreans living in Japan, which isn’t necessarily something I’ve thought much about before (see, lack of awareness of Korean history, colonization by Japan…)

When They Call You A Terrorist (by Asha Bandele and Patrisse Cullorsis) about the racism I’m more aware of, that faced by black and brown Americans, but I’m so glad I read it. I strongly recommend it. Did you already know about racism in America? I hope so. But, Cullorsis’ story (the book is her memoir, written with Bandele’s help) is a powerful reminder to me that I should be thinking and doing more about it. It is a heart breaking book, but, also a book not bereft of hope. You should read it, especially if you’re a white American.

Currently reading : still Pachinko, also Spineless, and I have way too many books out of the library…