Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I feel like it would be ridiculous of me to try to critique the writing in this book. So I'm going to have a rare moment of humility and let the Pulitzer speak for itself. It is well-deserved.
I feel like the combination of books like this one with the Christian non-fiction I'm currently reading (Seven by Jen Hatmaker) are really giving me a new perspective on poverty and social injustice on a local and global scale. I am so beyond blessed by the standards of basically everyone else in the world. I am in the 1%. It's hard to read this kind of book and realize that this is happening in the same world I live in today. This isn't something that happened years ago or in a fictional world - this is how a large portion of the world's population lives today.
The book is heartbreaking, so be prepared. It's not a comfortable read, but it is an important read. I highly recommend it. Books like this are so important and I appreciate the way Boo tells the story without moralizing. To me, that made my own complicity in the social injustices stand out even more. Had Boo spent the book preaching, I would have been turned off. Instead she allows the reader to come to his or her own conclusions. It's exactly the standard I look for in journalism and what I think is compelling about good journalism - its ability to inspire without a soapbox.
Posted by Julie G at 6:32 PM