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PLozar has commented on (2) products.

Praying for Sheetrock by Melissa Fay Greene
Praying for Sheetrock

PLozar, August 6, 2012

This is a fascinating study of race relations in rural Georgia, told through the eyes of the people involved in changing them in the early 1980's: members of the black community fed up with the way they were treated, and the Legal Aid lawyers who assisted them. The chief characters are the white Sheriff who profited from shady activities, and the laborer who spearheaded the black residents' push for equal rights. But a spectrum of local residents, both black and white, are given their say, providing a generally well-balanced picture of the community as a whole. (I would have appreciated more commentary from the white residents who supported equal rights, but maybe one or two people was all the author could find!) The book is extremely well written -- you hear and smell and feel what life on the Georgia coast is like -- and it greatly enhanced my understanding of the area. Highly recommended.
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The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

PLozar, April 23, 2012

I greatly enjoyed this book for many reasons. First, it's a fascinating story in its own right, and de Waal's choice to tell it the way he researched it means that we follow him every step of the way (including the surprises in his visit to Odessa). Second, it takes us down the fascinating byways of early 20th-century art through the history of Charles Ephrussi (collector, critic, and friend of artists); I'm reasonably knowledgeable about art history, but I learned a lot from the book. Third, the author (probably because he's an artist himself) has a facility for choosing telling details -- his account of the Anschluss is horrifying not because he piles up atrocities but because he focuses on how the minutiae of daily life were irrevocably altered. Finally, I lived in Vienna for a couple of years, knew many of the places he describes, and heard various versions of the history he recounts; but this was a far more personal "take" on the place and the people, and I feel it gave me a better perspective. Highly recommended.
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