Best book I ever read…

The best book I have ever read is Unwind by Neal Shusterman, written in 2007. It is a science fiction book and is set in the United States, in the future after a civil war. It was called the “Second Civil War” or “Heartland War” and it was fought  because of the issue of abortion.

A truce was reached, and it said parents were allowed to sign an order for their kids, between the ages of 13 and 18, to be unwound. This means that they were taken to “harvest camps” and had their body parts harvested for organ and body part transplants. They used 99.44% of the body, and because of this, the unwinds technically were not being killed because their individual body parts lived on in other people.

Parents who were unable to raise their children to age 13 for the “unwind” had the option to “stork” their child by leaving it on another family’s porch. If they don’t get caught, the “storked” baby then becomes the other family’s responsibility.

I feel like this book is for young teens and adults, it is dark, but also has a very good love story, and good friendships built along the way.


Big Stone Gap

I enjoyed this movie so much! I loved the look and style of the movie, it was really cute. But i also liked how it showed a different side of Appalachia. It was not just dirt poor, incest, no cars or homes, etc. There was a town, working businesses, and employed people. One similarity to this and the “Children of the Mountains” is that they both show the large dependence on their coal industry.

Children of the Mountains

I really enjoyed watching this ethnography. It was super cool that we got the chance to see real stories of Appalachian kids.

The boys story was sad, he worked so hard but he still didn’t have enough preparation for college. I know I feel like i’m overwhelmed and have to work harder, but I’ve always had a house I could stay in, I never had to sleep in my car and find a house to shower at.

The little girl finding her mom on drugs and knowing it, while the mom was denying it, really hit me. My mom had the same thing going on in her life and I know the pain and family damage it can do.

Shakespeare behind Bars

The experiences of the men shown in Shakespeare Behind Bars tell us about how art can transform the human condition by showing the ways it can improve hopeless situations. It gives the men who know they will never again see the outside of prison walls, something to look forward to and focus on.

Spending so many years in one simple, solid place with no chance of ever getting out, can really mess with your head. Having these artistic outlets give the men a chance to find something to keep them going, and no focus on other, worse, things that they could be doing with all the time.

Looking at Both Sides

It is important that stories include both the positive and the negative sides because if they only have one people get biased. If the whole story is good, people will think there are no down sides to the situation, and vice versa.

When only one dimension of a story gets told, people just don’t even think about the other side. Like with the example of Africa, when people only see the starving kids, they don’t know that they are also flourishing in other parts of the Continent.

Examples of this happening to a culture or group of people in the mainstream media is again, in Africa. The only commercials you see on TV are for starving kids, which there definitely are, but they have civilized parts. They have cars, buildings, television, and any other things a functioning country would need.


Why I live at the P.O.

The narrator in this story, “sister” did seem reliable to me. I believed that she tried her hardest to tell the straight up truth while everyone around her just went along with her sister.

Her sister, Stella-Rondo, tries her best to make everything about her. She says mean things behind her uncle’s back, and then tells him that her sister was talking about him. She also twists the story about what Sister said about Papa-Daddy’s beard. Everyone seemed to go along with it and use Sister as their scapegoat for anything they needed.

But to me, it seemed like sister really did do her best to just tell the story, i didn’t think the words coming out of her mouth were false, as I did Stella-Rondo.