All of these books demonstrate different aspects of the United States — the side you don’t want to see in The Kid, a critical aspect of American popular culture in I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts, and the corrupt political side you hopefully don’t want anything to do with in They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?.
America: The Roundup
Recent Books Reflect Different Aspects of the Country
Monday, July 23, 2012
Sapphire’s The Kid:A sequel to the author’s book-made-movie Precious — who dies on the first page, no spoilers her — The Kid documents the harsh and sometimes sickening adventures of Precious’s only child, Abdul, and follows his transformation from child to man. This New York Times bestseller shocks with its raw language and story, one that will leave even the most jaded readers jolted. While very well written, the events are so brutal and the language so violent that one has to wonder where the line between relevant plot development and attention-grabbing sensationalism is drawn.