Book Talk: Bed-Stuy Is Burning

I love Brooklyn, so quite honestly, I will read anything about it. Having lived and taught there for nearly 6 years in my 20's, being a member of this community helped me become who I am today.

More specifically, when I hear books are about racial tension, I am even more interested as I am a white woman raising a black daughter. We have seen issues in our countless travels and have even been the victims of other people's hate. I also work with universities on cultural competency and am always looking for new books that will be more readable to immerse people in experiences they may not understand.

Set in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, a white family (a former rabbi, his writer girlfriend, and their infant son), their Muslim nanny and African American neighbors are all involved in a tragic event following the murder of a 12 year old black boy by police.

I don't want to give anything away, but I do want to say a few things. Though I will readily admit, I didn't care for any of the characters, I think it was meant to be this way. Each of them have good qualities while also having a past and a lived experience than can be considered questionable. But, this is realistic. This book is gritty, real, and offers an inside look at a world many people will never experience or realize exists.

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