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August: What are you reading?

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During our latest string of really hot days, I stayed indoors and read The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. It's about an attractive pair of light-skinned African-American female twins. So light, they can easily pass as white, and one of them decides to do so, leaving her family and her past behind to marry a white man and blend into his upscale world. It's a very interesting and thought-provoking book. "Passing over," as it's referred to among light-skinned blacks, is not easy. It involves so much more than just skin color, the emotional devastation of the family left behind being just one consideration.

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