When you become a mother, you start to disappear. Your body becomes someone else’s. Your priorities change. Your existence is suddenly tied to breast-feeding, dirty laundry, the changing table. Even you can’t see yourself. (Ecco ) So it is with Rebecca Stone in Rumaan Alam’s riveting new novel, “That Kind of Mother.” Rebecca, a poet married to a British diplomat in Washington, finds her life upended when her son is born. Because this is the 1980s, Princess Diana is everywhere in the news. Rebecca, by comparison, hardly exists. Her one lifeline is Priscilla, a hospital nurse, who becomes her nanny. Priscilla is full of advice about lactation and baby care. Her formal education was limited, but she has years of experience — she gave birth at 17 — and she possesses what Rebecca does not: a deep understanding of motherhood. Alam, whose debut novel, “Rich and Pretty” (2016), is about the friendship between two women, is an attentive … [Read more...] about A mother of two boys — one white, one black — gets a crash course in race
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Kevin Cullen Globe Columnist November 16, 2017 When it was time for the homily, the Rev. Austin Fleming stood in the pulpit of Holy Family Parish in Concord, looking down at the casket that held the body of Tom Hudner.“What is it about humble people that makes us want to lift them up?” Fleming asked.Tom Hudner, a genuine American hero, was a humble man, and we wanted to lift him up because he lifted us up, by the example he set, by the way he lived, by the way he served, by the way he risked his life for, and never forgot, Jesse Brown. Advertisement By most measures, they couldn’t be more different. One black, one white. One raised in poverty, the son of a sharecropper in Mississippi, a product of schools with ragged books and dirt floors. The other the son of a prosperous merchant from Fall River, a legacy at one of the nation’s top … [Read more...] about In two Navy pilots, one white, one black, a parable for our times
GRENADA, Mississippi -- At least 27 children have died in hot cars so far this year in the U.S. In about half of those cases, someone - usually a parent or guardian - faces criminal charges. But critics say race plays a role in determining who gets charged and who doesn’t and they point to two recent cases in Mississippi as evidence, Last May, Joshua Blount discovered he left his 8-month-old daughter Shania inside his car for four hours. He had forgotten to drop her off with her grandmother. Security camera footage from outside the restaurant where he worked captured the moment that haunts him. “It felt like every part of me was just torn into pieces,” said Blount, 25. “Everything just crashes. It just felt like your whole world just shut down, knowing her last words were ‘Daddy.’” One week earlier and 90 miles away, also in Mississippi, a 2-year-old girl named Caroline Bryant died after spending eight … [Read more...] about Lawyer claims racial bias against black father charged in hot car death
Jesse Holland's dad started him reading comic books when he was 5 or 6 years old. The Holly Springs native began with the Avengers and moved on from there to the Incredible Hulk and the Justice League, and from there into the world of fantasy where every superhero is just like every one of us. He would get his comic books at the popular Tyson's Drug Store on Holly Springs' historic downtown square. Tyson's is known all over the South for their ice cream and milkshakes."It took me years before I knew Tyson’s also sold milkshakes, because that wasn't what I went there looking for," he said.Years later, Holland graduated from the University of Mississippi and took a job as a reporter for the Associated Press. These days, he specializes in race and ethnicity stories, but as a writer, he has an alter-ego. He's now the author who got to write the definitive novel on the Black Panther, a hero he grew up idolizing. "I started writing my own comic books … [Read more...] about Holly Springs native pens official Black Panther novel
I am sitting in a restaurant, watching my father thumb through a small silver photo album from my parents’ wedding. It’s the first time he’s seen the album in 25 years. It’s only the third or fourth time I’ve seen him in a decade. I got the album after my mother died suddently in her sleep in 2016. My father was in a Maryland prison then. Now he’d been paroled, and here I was learning about a wedding she’d rarely talked about. Like millions of Americans, I am a child of addiction. Research indicates that an annual average of 8.7 million children ages 17 or younger live with a parent addicted to drugs or alcohol. Drug deaths rose by 21 percent in 2016, the biggest annual increase ever recorded. Today’s headlines warn of the arrival of a new drug crisis, driven by a flood of opiates and alcohol. When my parents married in the late 1980s, Washington, D.C., was on the verge of a coming catastrophe: crack cocaine. Cheap, highly addictive crack … [Read more...] about Sebastian Johnson: My father’s addiction made him a stranger. Was it too late to get to know him now?