Wrong side of the bus [videorecording DVD]

From  Ellen Druda

Author:  Rod Freedman

Title:  Wrong side of the bus [videorecording DVD]

Sidney Bloch, an accomplished Australian professor of psychiatry, tries to resolve his guilt about his compliance with apartheid growing up in South Africa while on a trip back home to Cape Town. Bloch’s son Aaron tags along, serving as the film’s narrator and chief questioner over his father’s true feelings and motivations. As Sidney visits old haunts, friends, and neighbors, he talks about growing up Jewish in a racist society, his anger over what seemed clearly morally wrong, and his painful realization that he did nothing of substance to protest. Bloch asks for forgiveness from those who suffered: his aged mother’s black nurse, a white man who led protests and lost an arm and an eye as a result, university schoolmates who were discriminated against, and, finally, a former prisoner who was jailed in the same place as Nelson Mandela. It is this prisoner, now the jail’s tour guide, who gives Bloch the key to release his guilt in the film’s moving resolution. Wrong Side of the Bus asks big questions within the framework of one man’s journey.

Jenniemae and James, A black and White Memoir

From Margo Blatt
author: Newman, Brooke
Jenniemae and James, A black and White Memoir
I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this book immensely.  I won it last year from the adult reading club.  I never read memiors before.  Didn’t think I’d like them.  But now I want to meet Brooke and her family.  She had a tough childhood but could have been worse. I loved the relationship between the 2 main characters.  I gave the book to my mom to read.  She must have hundreds of books to be read at her house and has given many away and I explained she had to read this one.  Hope she enjoys it as much as I did.

The Help

From Shelley Lauer-Bader
author: Stockett, Kathryn
The Help
This very readable account of the lives of the “colored” maids who took care of whites in the South around the time of the Civil Rights movement rings true. Character development is well done and while the dialect is difficult at first, it is just right for the story. While not of the caliber of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, it evokes the times and the gross inequality of the American system as it really was.