Autumn 2017 In My Reading Log (Non-fiction and Not-quite-fiction)

2017-10-25T17:17:49-05:00

In which there is talk of true stories and stories that fall between the cracks of imagined facts and probabilities. Kyo Maclear's Birds Art Life (2017) Arranged as though composed over a twelve-month period, this would seem to be the perfect book to read slowly, meditatively. To allow the pages

Autumn 2017 In My Reading Log (Non-fiction and Not-quite-fiction)2017-10-25T17:17:49-05:00

Winter Child and Firewater: A Perfect Pairing

2019-05-11T19:52:22-05:00

Each of these books is penned by an indigenous writer, each considers a great loss, each is powerful on its own terms. Together their stories resonate and amplify readers' understanding of a vitally important issue. Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau's novel Winter Child appears to be the simpler tale. One woman's

Winter Child and Firewater: A Perfect Pairing2019-05-11T19:52:22-05:00

Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017)

2017-09-07T17:04:14-05:00

The dead fuel Jesmyn Ward's novels. She feels the weight of their stories; she shoulders them, shares them. In Sing, Unburied, Sing, their chorus of voices - even in the epigraphs but also in the novel - reverberates between and beyond the covers. Ward's are heart-shattering stories. But they

Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017)2017-09-07T17:04:14-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Its Image in the Mirror”

2017-07-14T16:50:04-05:00

At nearly one hundred pages long, it's unsurprising that this is the most complex of Mavis Gallant's stories I've read this year. It's neither the length nor the breadth of the story which complicates it, but the intricate arrangement of details, as readers are gradually immersed in the narration of

Mavis Gallant’s “Its Image in the Mirror”2017-07-14T16:50:04-05:00

Margaret Millar’s How Like an Angel (1962)

2017-07-24T15:00:09-05:00

Exploring in the back country of Santa Barbara County California, Margaret Millar discovered a group of abandoned buildings on top of a ridge of the Santa Ynez mountains. The view was incredible: the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Ynez valley, Lake Cachuma, and the San Rafael mountains, along with a main

Margaret Millar’s How Like an Angel (1962)2017-07-24T15:00:09-05:00