I'm pairing these books in one post not only because I read them in the same weekend, but also because they have a related theme. The first is a popular treatment of psychological research on stereotypes and how they affect individuals. The second is a more personal book musing on the effect of a particular stereotype in American culture: the belief that black men have larger penises than white men. I was reading Whistling Vivaldi while spending the weekend with friends at their house in East Hampton and when I read bits of it that I thought were particularly interesting out loud to my friend D. he brought out Hung and said he thought I should read that one as well. So I did.
( Whistling Vivaldi by Claude M. SteeleCollapse )
( Hung by Scott Poulson-BryantCollapse )
So another couple of books I've read recently. I've read 47 books so far in 2010. I won't be profiling them all, but I like writing up books I recommend.