When I see a new book I want to read and don’t want to forget, I purchase the Kindle version and add it to my evermore full, yet still the same size and weight electronic device. It is seldom that I find the time to read the book when everyone is talking about it, so my writing about current books is showing off. See, I do read! (Actually I started this essay the first of December, so it may not be timely anyway!)

First, I found a vulnerable memoir in Michelle Obama’s book Belonging. There were some perceptions she had that surprised me. I guess I had never really thought about how affirmative action led…