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Page Turner: 'A People's History of the United States' covers racism she didn't learn in school classes

Terri Noone (Courtesy photo)
Terri Noone (Courtesy photo)
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For an escape, she enjoys Nicholas Sparks' books and other fiction.

Saturday, April 08, 2017 12:01 am

Editor's note: This week's Page Turner reader interview is with Terri Noone, who works for the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

"My current reading is in connection with my work, getting in depth on racism as an issue. One form can lead to another, so white privilege enters in. I'm reading 'A People's History of the United States,' by Howard Zinn. It contains everything I didn't learn in school. In history, we learned about white men like Christopher Columbus — how great he was. Actually, he was in it for the money, bringing back spices and enslaved people. So he 'sailed the ocean blue,' but left out about what he did to people of color. There was a lot of controversy when this book appeared in 1999.

"Next on our list of books is 'Outlaw Culture,' by Bell Hooks. It's a collection of essays telling how cultures have been misrepresented. In writing about rape, for example, the African American is often written about as evil while the white man may have had a temporary lapse. But I haven't read the book yet; it's just next on the list.

"I read fiction because I like a good escape. Nicholas Sparks' books offer pure escapism, and they can be read in a day or two and are very much into romance. There's 'The Notebook,' for example. It was made into a movie, but I don't see the movies. I read the books but get angry because some of the best is left out of the movie. And I read the book, not a Kindle. I need to feel the book!

"Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' was a favorite. I read it while in school and then read it again with my daughters. 'The Secret Garden' was probably my favorite, but I liked 'Old Yeller' and all the good old ones when I was growing up. And I love our library.

"I like poetry books. One in particular is by Susan Polis Schutz. I was read to when I was a child, and my reading was never filtered. My daughters learned early that if they asked for this toy or that, they might not get it. But if they asked for a book, they got it! There are filled bookshelves all over the house.

"And now I'm reading to my grandson."

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