Since I'd finished it, I brought Bulldaggers, Pansies, and Chocolate Babies: Performance, Race, and Sexuality in the Harlem Renaissance with me. I don't think Mom is going to process it today. She's out at the reference desk all day today. Perhaps she'll process it tomorrow. I also want to finish Afro-Caribbean Religions: An Introduction to Their Historical, Cultural, and Sacred Traditions, which I don't think is technically a textbook, but is at least a serious monograph.
I brought along a CD of music from Glee for the car ride. Mom's a big fan of West Side Story, so she liked those songs, but is not a fan of the Jackson Five's "ABC." She liked "Big Girls Don't Cry," though. I need to put the recent songs I got on my iPod. I checked my iPod, which I had been carrying with me but apparently hadn't used in a couple of weeks, and it was out of charge. I asked Mom if she had any extra USB ports on her computer. I also carry an iPod USB cord with me. Mom had no idea if she had USB ports. I looked, and she had four empty ones on the front of her computer. I explained that that was what they were, but I'm not sure if my explanation took. I figured that Mom wouldn't want iTunes on her work computer, so I'm just charging the iPod.
I thought I might save a PDF, so I put a flash drive in another of the USB ports. I don't want to save my typical reading material to her computer, either. I would have used the flash drive that had the garden club yearbook document on it. I'm finding carrying that around to be very useful for when I visit S.M. I may try to explain to Mom about memory sticks, but I'm not sure that explanation would take, either. She may use one to take work back and forth from the church library where she volunteers to home, but I'm not sure how much of the technical part of that Dad does.
Mom gets compliments from the professors here at the university for the interesting and useful books she gets. A few in process include: Harlem: The Four Hundred Year History from Dutch Village to Capital of Black America, Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City, and Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters, all of which sound interesting to me.
A few hours later: I read a book about Langston Hughes' anti-lynching poetry and activism, Langston Hughes and American Lynching Culture, by W. Jason Miller. The introduction says, "Langston Hughes engaged in a lifelong national campaign against American lynching culture. In fact, Hughes addressed, referenced, responded, or alluded to lynching in nearly three dozen different poems." Some of the poems were more direct than others. The book has graphic descriptions of lynchings. It's a part of American history that I don't think gets taught much.
I got a few books out that were on the new books display, Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America, Damn Near White: An African American Family's Rise from Slavery to Bittersweet Success, and African American Actresses: The Struggle for Visibility, 1900-1960. The new books had been there for a few weeks.
Still later: I finished Afro-Caribbean Religions and started Disintegration.