For this month's book of the month, I went out of my way to choose a fiction book. My recommendation for this month is Lauren Wilkinson's 'American Spy.'
I loved getting lost in this spy-thriller. The main character, Marie Mitchell, is a young black intelligence officer in the Cold War era. After a gripping opening scene, Marie flees the United States with her 4 yr old twins to her mother in Martinique. The rest of the story dips between the now and the past as she writes a letter to leave for her boys in the event that anything happens to her.
We learn of Marie's time in the FBI, and the way she was approached by the CIA. Marie is tasked with getting close to and destabilize a new revolutionary leader of Burkina Faso. Marie feels an instant connection to this charismatic leader and we accompany her as she questions the interference that she has been sent to create. We walk with her through some moral grey area that leads to putting her life at risk.
This month's book of the month is by the brilliant Isabel Wilkerson. This book educated me. It took what I thought I knew and shook it up and created a new awareness and perspective that I had not expected. It is one of the most important and essential books that I have ever read. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents explores the caste system in the United States.
Wilkerson explores human value. She explores how societies look at where people should and shouldn't be. With the use of diving deep into the told and untold histories she illustrates how caste determines our societal hierarchies and places individuals on levels based upon their perceived values.
Isabel Wilkerson outlines the inherited structures that help us to understand the origins of our discontent and in this period, as we seem to be on the cusped of an awakening in so many regards, this book is one that is important for all to have on their radar.
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