February 2nd – “The Love You Save” by Goldie Taylor

About

Goldie Taylor is a veteran journalist, cable news political analyst and human rights activist. Currently a contributing editor at The Daily Beast, where she writes about national politics and social justice issues, Taylor has been a working journalist for over thirty-five years. She got her start as a staff writer at the Atlanta Journal Constitution and as a desk assistant with CBS News Atlanta.

In “The Love You Save”, Taylor shares the harrowing yet deeply hopeful story of her troubled childhood in East St. Louis—a memoir of family, faith and the power of books. At age eleven, Goldie Taylor is out riding her bike when she is raped by a young man from the neighborhood. Unable to cope, her mother sends her to live with her aunt in East St. Louis. Taylor’s debut memoir shines a light on the strictures of race, class and gender in a post–Jim Crow America while offering a nuanced, empathetic portrait of a family in a pitched battle for its very soul.