Today on The Stacks Book Club we’re discussing Nella Larsen’s 1929 classic novel Passing. We’re joined again by Cree Myles, the creative force behind Penguin Random House’ All Ways Black, to discuss this story racial passing in the 1920’s. This episode touches on the history of passing, the 2021 film adaptation, and the central question of freedom.
There are spoilers on this episode.
Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out what our February book club pick will be!
Everything we talk about on today’s episode can be found below in the show notes. You can also find everything we talked about on Amazon.
- Passing by Nella Larsen
- Passing (Rebecca Hall, 2021)
- One Drop by Yaba Blay
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- “why the caged quadroon sings” (Brandon Taylor, Sweater Weather)
- Ruth Negga
- Andre Holland
- Tessa Thompson
- Show Boat (George Sidney, 1951)
- Ol’ Man River by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
- Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
- Quicksand and Passing by Nella Larsen
- Sula by Toni Morrison
- The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
- “Ep. 126 Sula by Toni Morrison — The Stacks Book Club (Brit Bennett)” (The Stacks)
- Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016)
- Barry Jenkins
- The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.
- The Little Mermaid (John Musker and Ron Clements, 1989)
- Lil’ Kim
- Reginald Bailey (@ReggieReads)
- Becoming Abolitionists by Derecka Purnell
- Fredrick Douglass
- Nat Turner
- I Live a Life Like Yours by Jan Grue
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