I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

This is a hard book to classify--it's a memoir, but not a typical one. In seventeen linked essays, each one relating a near death experience, O'Farrell explores the inherent tension between life and death, the push and pull of mortality, the randomness, fragility and beauty of existing as creatures who die. It sounds vague and... Continue Reading →

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

This book has gotten so much buzz, touted all over the internet as an important feminist novel for the 21st century. (Well, I don't actually know if anyone said that. I just know that people talk about it as a relevant, contemporary feminist novel.) At its most basic, it follows three young people through college... Continue Reading →

What A Week: April 9th-15th

Despite another busy week at work, I did a lot of reading--mostly thanks to a whole bunch of short audiobooks. While none of the books I read this week absolutely floored me, I did thoroughly enjoy Northanger Abbey (my first Austen since high school--don't throw things at me! I'm working on it!), Old Man's War, which... Continue Reading →

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

This is another science fiction book, like Ancillary Justice, that has been recommended to me for ages. Happily, unlike Ancillary Justice, I loved this one. The premise is so simple and so smart: Humanity has taken to the stars; the universe is full of aliens, and the Colonial Defense Force, made up of humans way more... Continue Reading →

Whiskey & Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith

I'm still trying to figure out how I felt about this novel. It's a quiet, understated read about grief, family, friendship, and romance. It opens with a death--a young policeman is shot and killed while on duty. The book than weaves a compelling story through three timelines and POVs: Evangeline, Eamon's husband, in the present... Continue Reading →

The Black Unicorn by Audre Lorde

It took me forty-four days to finish this book, which maybe says something about how much I was connecting with it. It was good--don't get me wrong--but it didn't cut me open the way some more recent books of poetry have (A Place Called No Homeland, Don't Call Us Dead). Audre Lorde is a feminist... Continue Reading →

The Jumbies by Tracy Baptiste

Robin Miles is one of my favorite audiobook narrators of all time, and I'll pretty much listen to anything she narrates. I stumbled upon this delightful middle garden novel, inspired by Caribbean folklore, when searching for audiobook books under 5 hours (though this one is just over), and I was not disappointed. Eleven year old... Continue Reading →

Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

This was another great find courtesy of my short audiobooks project. In this middle grade novel, a diverse community in a Cleveland neighborhood comes together to transform a vacant lot into a thriving community garden. The book is told in thirteen short chapters, each one from the perceptive of a different character. In many ways,... Continue Reading →

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