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Over at Guys Lit Wire

Today at Guys Lit Wire, it's my review of X: a novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon. It's one tense, keeps-you-glued book, and it's one that I highly recommend, and which ought to be in every high school library in the country, except that given its repeated use of the word "nigger" (which I detest, but don't believe in censoring in a discussion about a book that uses the word), it is liable to find itself the recipient of a lot of (misguided and off-base) book challenges. Since the book is narrated first-person by the character of Malcolm Little (who becomes Malcolm X during the book), the way the phrase is used is felt by the reader as a personal affront and the full weight of the hatred, spite, mean-spiritedness, small-mindedness, and denigration that attaches to the word hit you pretty darned hard. Which is precisely why it ought to be on high school library shelves and be taught in classes, even.

Just saying.

Anyhow, I hope you'll pop over and read the full review at Guys Lit Wire.




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