Monday, October 26, 2009


Saw this novel yesterday while waiting to see Good Hair and it looked interesting.

Schooled, by Anishka Lakhani, features a teacher as the main character who takes on extra work as a tutor/paper writer/novel reader/ etc... for rich, prep students in New York City.

I quickly read through the first couple chapters while waiting for the movie and will be adding this to my "to-finish-reading" pile of books. That pile continues to grow and grow, but I'm looking forward to this one.

If you know a teacher who's dealt with highly snooty, privileged students and clueless parents, you'll enjoy the humor, sarcasm, and wit in the novel.

Now that you've been schooled for the day, time to get back to work. :-)

By the way, loved Good Hair. It was especially interesting hearing/seeing the reactions of non-black folks who, for many, this was the first time they'd heard/thought of the importance of the hair subject in the black community.


Jerel said...

Good Hair was okay but it didn't delve into the real issue of why black women have this sense of self-hatred. I feel that looking at it the psychology lens should have been used in regards to loving and embracing who you are and not accepting the eurocentric lens of beauty. When we begin looking at ourselves and accepting ourselves through our oown lens this is when we will be totally free and can eradicate the good hair/bad hair way of accepting ourselves. When we let go of the Afro and our naturalness of beauty its as if we lost our strength. I'm reminded of the song by Donnie Cloud 9.

Jamar Herrod said...

Well Jerel unfortunately black women are not going to stop using weave because they can free themselves with being natural. I think Chris Rock did an excellent assessment of hair, perms, and weaves. This book sounds good. Ill have to check it out.