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Sunday, April 2, 2017

PCParent Reading List: April

This post will be the first in a series where I will release a monthly Politically Correct Parent Reading List.  Each month I will highlight books that I have just finished reading and give a review about their political and parenting significance, highlighting the impacts they have on understanding politically significant issues that parents face.

Here are April's Books:

The Kite Runner 
by Khaled Hosseini

Also available in the Graphic Novel format here: The Kite Runner Graphic Novel
Seeing as Immigration is a huge topic in today's politics, with travel from Middle Eastern countries being of particular interest, I have chosen The Kite Runner because it detailed the (fictional, although based in fact) story of a young Afghani boy during the fall of the Afghanistan monarchy, the Soviet military intervention, the exodus of the Afghan refugees to Pakistan and the U.S. and later the Taliban regime.  Do not be mistaken, this is an incredibly intense story that shocks, incites your tears, and wrenches your gut.  Khaled Hosseini, being an Afghani born American, used much of his personal experiences in Afghanistan to detail the story.  Knowing the plight of many refugees and the painful experiences of many Middle Easterners is essential in understanding the passion behind the Immigration debate.  I highly recommend this book.

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder 
by Richard Louv

Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder is a book that I recommend to ALL of my parenting friends and family.  Not only did Louv's book spark a movement towards reconnecting children with nature, it was also the basis for my Master's in Landscape Architecture Thesis and inspiration for my book (Young Children and Nature: Outdoor Play and Development, Experiences Fostering Environmental Consciousness, & the Implications on Playground Design).  Louv does a wonderful job of discussing the health and psychological benefits of children having a relationship with the natural world.  Much of his analysis and suggestions are easily applicable no matter your locale.  This book and the research on children's interaction with Nature has significantly altered by parenting and the way that I encourage my children to play.  If there is ONE parenting book that you read, this should be it.

Systematic Racism and Capitalism: Alliance of Oppression 
by Scott Heggs

I love that Amazon has a "recommended reading" list.  I've found many good reads from Amazon's lists for me.  This was one of the books that was recommended to me because of my interest in racism.  Apparently Amazon knows I am in the process of  researching and writing a book about Spacial Racism and it's affects on Education.  Systematic Racism and Capitalism: Alliance of Oppression by Scott Heggs is a quick and easy read.  Heggs is exceptional at explaining the terminology and history of his examples, and wraps up his discussions well with real-world current situations that are universally understandable.  The facts and opinions in this book are also very thought provoking, making you question your own educational background and the effects that Institutionalized Racism has had on education in general.  This book is available in the link above in paperback format, or you can find it on Kindle (which is how I read it).

Gun Control: Guns in America, The Full Debate 
by Christopher Street

Published in August 2016, this book gives a great mostly-current summary and analysis of the current gun control debate.  I chose this book specifically because it's summary appeared to be one of the few books about guns that was unbiased.  The reviews of the book confirmed that it was well-received by both proponents of gun rights and gun control.  Gun Control: Guns in America, The Full Debate was an easy read that took only an afternoon to complete (I just love a good book that I can get done reading in a few hours).  It was very informative and perfectly analyzed the current conundrum of gun rights and gun control.  While the author was not as unbiased as I had original hoped, he was very good at keeping his bias out of the research and analysis and offered very statistical and factual information in support of both gun control and gun rights.  Considering April has been called "Killing Season" because of the shear numbers of mass shootings and violent acts that have occurred historically during this month, reading this book is a great way to quickly educate yourself on both sides of the gun argument.  The Politically Correct Parent will post a series on Gun Rights and Control during the month of April, so stay tuned for updates on much of what this book discusses.
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Have you read any of these books?  What are your thoughts and opinions?  Please leave your RESPECTFUL remarks below.


  1. i LOVED the Kite Runner so I'll have to check out these other ones!

    1. I did too! Next month I'm going to be working on the next of Khaled Hosseini's books :)

  2. I've never read any of these books. Which would you say was your favorite?

    1. If your into international human interest stories then The Kite Runner is definitely my top pick. If your wanting a book that will change your life then definitely Last Child in the Woods!!

  3. Lovely picks. I will have to check them out.

    1. definitely do! They are all great reads!