We Are Grown Men Playing a Child’s Game by Gilbert Rogin

The bearded man laughing at his daughter is Bill Russell, the most remarkable basketball player of our time. Sport, however, is one of his lesser interests. Here are his trenchant, often angry observations on today’s Negro-white crisis and his role in it.

Shoot the Moon by Susan Orlean

White men in suits follow Felipe Lopez everywhere he goes. They are ubiquitous. They rarely miss one of Felipe’s games or tournaments…This man does not live in that stifling valley of the mundane. He is not intimidated by cars or noise. He plays in Mexico’s prestigious Pachuca Basketball League. He is the Mexican in a Mexican league of top-flight athletes. The world of sport, in which Felipe Lopez finds himself, is a world for which he has had little training, and is troubled by its racist and classist restrictions. In this collection of essays, David Weinbaum traces the condition of Latino athletes in the U.S. and beyond.

Not so Crazy by Kathryn Kennedy

Once upon a time, wealthy white women of means turned their attention away from physical health and toward mental health as a way to avoid being couched in their own thinking. Sometimes they would place themselves in homes of experts to treat them, and sometimes, as in the case of Alice Pearson, the idea was that their care would be less “barbaric” if they could imagine the “cures” themselves.

Slave Ship by Robert Pinsky

Edward Pierce, a young white boy, and a young black slave boy come to America in the 18th century. In 1770, not knowing English, they have nothing. They have to create new identities to survive in a land they call “the House of Exiles” (as they continue to live there throughout their lives). This is the story of two lives, their astonishing perseverance, and their transformation into the characters that history remembers.

Red Clay, Black Gold: The Land of Ebonie Ann Lee by Robert Pinsky

The author’s own family traces its roots back to Ebonie Ann Lee and her husband, John Shelby (who came to America as a runaway slave), who owned the one-hundred-year-old home now at Montevallo. As members of the Pinsky family, including the author, were exploring their ancestry, they stumbled upon this story of who Ebonie Ann was. It is a history of three American generations—from the ownership of land to the rise of the white middle class.

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