Welcome to Monday Morning Update. This has been a rough week and a rougher weekend. My grandmother underwent an emergency surgery on Saturday to repair an aortic aneurysm. So I spent Saturday on the road. Friday night I did get to start decorating some sugar cookies, but I didn’t get to finish them because I was at the hospital. I tried brushed embroidery. I need more practice, but I really like the way it came out.
I got two books. My library count is officially 1101.
Call the Midwife: Shadow of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth
The sequel to Jennifer Worth’s New York Times bestselling memoir and the basis for the PBS series Call the Midwife
When twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the direst section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood’s most vivid chronicler. Woven into the ongoing tales of her life in the East End are the true stories of the people Worth met who grew up in the dreaded workhouse, a Dickensian institution that limped on into the middle of the twentieth century.
Orphaned brother and sister Peggy and Frank lived in the workhouse until Frank got free and returned to rescue his sister. Bubbly Jane’s spirit was broken by the cruelty of the workhouse master until she found kindness and romance years later at Nonnatus House. Mr. Collett, a Boer War veteran, lost his family in the two world wars and died in the workhouse.
Though these are stories of unimaginable hardship, what shines through each is the resilience of the human spirit and the strength, courage, and humor of people determined to build a future for themselves against the odds. This is an enduring work of literary nonfiction, at once a warmhearted coming-of-age story and a startling look at people’s lives in the poorest section of postwar London.
Princess Onyx by Clarissa Burton
Colorism within the Black community has been a serious emotional and
psychological battle since American slavery. Recently, a documentary was released addressing
the critical issue of colorism among Black women. However, it’s vital to address colorism
among Black girls at an early age. Author Clarissa Burton addresses this exact issue in her
children’s book series—Princess Onyx™.
The Princess Onyx™ children’s book series is about a young girl names Jaydah who shares her
painful experiences at the elementary school with her grandmother, Tata. To help Jaydah cope
with the confusion and painful experiences, Tata tells Jaydah stories about a beautiful, Black
princess named Onyx who experiences similar situations and deals with them in a positive
manner with the support of her mother and father. Princess Onyx lives in the Kingdom of Jet
with her parents, King Stygian and Queen Sable.
The Princess Onyx™ children’s book series is an essential read for all children, especially little
Black girls and their families. This book series addresses such topics as colorism, Black hair
textures, Black female features, etiquette, and being friends with non-Blacks without apology.
What Are You Reading on Monday?
I finished Star Trek the Original Series The Devil’s Bargain and Star Wars: the Last Jedi. I’m currently re-reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.