Pointing to citizens who voted for both Obama and Trump does not disprove racism; it evinces it. To secure the White House, Obama needed to be a Harvard-trained lawyer with a decade of political experience and an incredible gift for speaking to cross sections of the country; Donald Trump needed only money and white bluster. ....The election of Donald Trump confirmed everything I knew of my country and none of what I could accept. The idea that America would follow its first black president with Donald Trump accorded with its history. I was shocked at my own shock. I had wanted Obama to be right.
I still want Obama to be right. I still would like to fold myself into the dream. This will not be possible.
Fiction is in red. Date of first publication in (parentheses). 79. The Elephant in the Room: A Journey into the Trump Campaign and the “Alt-Right” (Kindle Single), Jon Ronson (2016) 80. How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS, David France (2016) (superb, even better than the film) 81. A Life Discarded: 148 Diaries Found in a Skip, Alexander Masters (2016) (intriguing but disappointing) 82. Raising Demons, Shirley Jackson (1957) (reread) 83. Last Summer at Mars Hill, Elizabeth Hand (1994) 84. The Godmother, Elizabeth Scarborough (1994) (awful) 85. Wylding Hall, Elizabeth Hand (2015) 86. The Dark is Rising, Susan Cooper (1973) (reread) 87. The Dark is Rising: The Complete Sequence, Susan Cooper (1994) 88. The Big Time, Fritz Leiber (1958) (reread) 89. The Weaver and the Factory Maid (Ringan Laine, 1), Deborah Grabien (2003) (nothing but charming, and sadly long, long out of print) 90. The Door in the Hedge, Robin McKinley (1981) (reread) all 2016 booklist posts