Stacking the Shelves 4/21/13

21 Apr

Books
Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King (Pub: Harper)

Arguably the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in an explosive and deadly case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life.

In 1949, Florida’s orange industry was booming, and citrus barons got rich on the backs of cheap Jim Crow labor. To maintain order and profits, they turned to Willis V. McCall, a violent sheriff who ruled Lake County with murderous resolve. When a white seventeen-year-old Groveland girl cried rape, McCall was fast on the trail of four young blacks who dared to envision a future for themselves beyond the citrus groves. By day’s end, the Ku Klux Klan had rolled into town, burning the homes of blacks to the ground and chasing hundreds into the swamps, hell-bent on lynching the young men who came to be known as “the Groveland Boys.”

And so began the chain of events that would bring Thurgood Marshall, the man known as “Mr. Civil Rights,” into the deadly fray. Associates thought it was suicidal for him to wade into the “Florida Terror” at a time when he was irreplaceable to the burgeoning civil rights movement, but the lawyer would not shrink from the fight—not after the Klan had murdered one of Marshall’s NAACP associates involved with the case and Marshall had endured continual threats that he would be next.

Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi by Steve Inskeep (Pub: Penguin Press)
In recent decades, the world has seen an unprecedented shift of people from the countryside into cities. As Steve Inskeep so aptly puts it, we are now living in the age of the “instant city,” when new megacities can emerge practically overnight, creating a host of unique pressures surrounding land use, energy, housing, and the environment. In his first book, the co-host of Morning Edition explores how this epic migration has transformed one of the world’s most intriguing instant cities: Karachi, Pakistan.

both descriptions via GoodReads

I saw that Devil in the Grove won the Pulitizer and I didn’t even bother finding out more about it than “Thurgood Marshall” before I bought a copy.

I’d been looking at Instant City for a couple of months now. Someone had mentioned something about US-centricism in relation to Bangalore on another social media site and I realized I didn’t even know where Bangalore was. Clearly I needed to step up my game and that is what made me stop looking at Instant City and purchase it.

I also pre-ordered The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I want to read that book NOW.

Make-Up:
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl liner in Nude & Taupe.
Nude has a little bit more shimmer than I would like on my waterline but they both apply beautifully and stay in place. I got both of them for less than $7.

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