The book 1984 by George Orwell has been at the top of the Amazon best seller list for days. The interest in 1984 is so high that print copies are currently sold out. It seems the inauguration of Donald Trump has quite a few people thinking in dystopian terms. This inspired a friend to ask on Facebook … Continue reading Beyond 1984: A Trump-inspired dystopian reading list
I recently read The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. The full title of the book is The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration. The book is a non-fiction exploration of how and why six million black people left the American South over the course of six decades in … Continue reading The Warmth of Other Suns reveals a “mirage of equality” in America
One of my uber list goals was to read 25 books this year. So far I've read 10, which is on pace for meeting my goal. I've read some very good books this year and a few that were just okay. No total clunkers that I completed regretted reading, so that's nice. Here are the … Continue reading 10 interesting books I’ve read this year
Writers love the book Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. Every few months a writer I know will mention THE BOOK only to have other people pile on about how inspiring it is. I read it. I didn't find it inspiring. I found it choked with metaphor and platitudes. I didn't hate it, but it … Continue reading Am I the only writer who doesn’t love Bird by Bird?
I recently read The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt. All I knew about The Goldfinch before I read it was it won a Pulitzer Prize and a bunch of my friends had read it. I had no idea what the book was about. For the first couple dozen pages or more I didn't even … Continue reading The Goldfinch and the adventure of reading a book I knew nothing about