The Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee is probably the best YA Fantasy book I have read in a while. It is in the same series of authors I have been reading, but this one is BY FAR the best. Outerspace? Check. Shapeshifting young female protagonist who is actually a fox? Yes that is there.
Category: Spring Reading 2020
The Story of a New Name is the sequel to My Brilliant Friend and is the second of four novels. I posted about My Brilliant Friend at the end of our winter reading session and have had all your comments pop into my mind while reading! In particular, JNaz on the redundancy of the story.
Due to a wonderful review on our blog, I put Vuong’s novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, on reserve at my local library. I had to wait, but I finally read it a few months ago. I was excited to learn that Krista Tippett had recorded an interview with Ocean Vuong. I highly recommend listening
I have just finished listening to Colum McCann’s new book and found it mesmerizing. It is referred to as A NOVEL but, to my ear, was really more like an extended prose poem. Sometimes it was like listening to a painting. Read by the author, his Irish colors everything. And his intent and delivery are
Neill is a dear friend and wonderful writer. Early on, it seemed COVID 19 would have the largest impact on the elderly. We never really know who the “Remnant” will be in any given situation. While this meditation is aimed at a churchgoing audience, Neill’s ideas are both thoughtful and thought provoking. I love his
I want to bring to your attention this wonderful aural experience. This is something our Teri steered me toward a few weeks ago. It is a collaboration between the Orange County Museum of Art and Alan Nakagawa. And the public! A call was put out for haiku addressing our current life under pandemic. Over 500
This book was recommended by a dear friend as an antidote to the sometimes overwhelming chaos we are enmeshed in these weeks. She was right, it was perfect. I listened to the book, read by Douglas Thomas in his deep, resonant voice. It was an integral and beautiful reminder of what matters and how to
I have been very slowly working my way through this novel for months. I was reading it during our Winter Reading Session, and now have finally finished its 560 pages. That’s longish, but it shouldn’t have taken this long to read it. (The Weight of Ink is such an excellent title, isn’t it?) This book
In order to get images on the website more easily (based on the comments by Teri and Barbara in the mail art thread) a simple copy and paste will work! I clicked on an image on the internet, hit copy (right clic k and then copy…or Ctrl c…or Command c for mac), and then just
This lovely selection of Dorothy Parker’s short stories is a snapshot into the mundane everyday life in the early mid 20th Century. A timely read as we all refocus on our own mundane lives and disruption to our social connections. Parker takes the small aspects of lives, ones often taken for granted and celebrates them