Three Recent Library Reads: Boundaries, Lung Transplants, and Dirty Dishes

Watching You Without Me by Lynn Coady I have loved Lynn Coady's short stories, but had yet to read one of her novels. As is often the case, I am starting from most recent and will be working my way back. Watching You Without Me is narrated by Karen, who is telling her own story … Continue reading Three Recent Library Reads: Boundaries, Lung Transplants, and Dirty Dishes

Refugees: ‘The Boat People’ by Sharon Bala and ‘Homes’ by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeung

I usually opt for fiction to¬†gain understanding and empathy for topics that are far from my own experience, but sometimes I come across works of nonfiction that are just as moving. I found Homes to be especially powerful, perhaps because the story is told from the perspective of the boy who lived it. In 2010, … Continue reading Refugees: ‘The Boat People’ by Sharon Bala and ‘Homes’ by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeung

“Everything written by any woman was written by all women…”: Heather O’Neill, Scaachi Koul, and Erin Wunker

Notes From A Feminist Killjoy by Erin Wunker I finished this excellent book a couple of months ago, and I still find myself looking at things differently than I did before reading it. I underlined so many parts that I'm surprised at myself for not writing about it yet. But when I saw that Notes … Continue reading “Everything written by any woman was written by all women…”: Heather O’Neill, Scaachi Koul, and Erin Wunker

Lines of Flight: An Atomic Memoir by Julie Salverson

I went into this book knowing that I would find it interesting, but did not expect to love it as much as I did. Salverson has taken the topic of the 'atomic highway' and used it to write an intimate and moving memoir about guilt and innocence, trauma and recovery. Julie Salverson has an interesting … Continue reading Lines of Flight: An Atomic Memoir by Julie Salverson

Precious Cargo: My Year Driving the Kids on Bus 3077 by Craig Davidson

When I heard that Craig Davidson was coming out with a memoir about his year of driving a school bus, I was intrigued. Partly because I've been sending my own precious cargo to school on a school bus for the past 10 years, and partly because, from what I hear, his other books are dark, … Continue reading Precious Cargo: My Year Driving the Kids on Bus 3077 by Craig Davidson

But You Did Not Come Back: A Memoir of the Holocaust by Marceline Loridan-Ivens

I loved you so much that I was happy to be deported with you. But You Did Not Come Back is Marceline Loridan-Ivens's very personal memoir about her time in the death camps and how it overshadowed the rest of her life. She writes it in the form of a letter to her father who … Continue reading But You Did Not Come Back: A Memoir of the Holocaust by Marceline Loridan-Ivens

A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge of the Grizzly Trail by Jenna Butler

My husband and I often talk about living a simpler life; growing a lot of our own food, raising our own chickens, owning less stuff. But, like most people, we find it hard to be serious about making the switch; to give up an already established good life for one that is a big question … Continue reading A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge of the Grizzly Trail by Jenna Butler