The Carry Home by Gary Ferguson (2014)

A stunningly beautiful book, The Carry Home is the chronicling of Gary Ferguson's grief after his wife Jane dies in a canoeing accident, but it's also a story of life in nature, of environmentalism, the culture of the West, of wanderlust, and what it means to truly love. Spending much of their lives trekking around… Continue reading The Carry Home by Gary Ferguson (2014)

The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn (2018)

  This page-turning psycho thriller kept me up way too late on a Sunday night and continued to distract me until I finished it a few hours after I got home from work on Monday. All told: about 8 hours of reading over 3 days, squeezing it in whenever I could--ignoring laundry, dishes, cleaning, and grading. … Continue reading The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn (2018)

Hunger by Roxane Gay (2017)

This is an important book.  I'll start with that. I started it this morning, finished it by 5:30, and went to her book talk at St. Mary's College at 7.  My colleague mentioned going to her speaking engagement, so I had a quick deadline to read at least one of her books. I chose her memoir because… Continue reading Hunger by Roxane Gay (2017)

American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee (2017)

The whole wolf debate was not much on my radar until I read this book which I bought for my son--not for me--and devoured in a few days.  Who knew that O-Six, 21, 755, 744, and other wolves could feel like characters in a novel?  I found myself ready for bed at 9 pm so… Continue reading American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee (2017)

Americanah by Ngozi Adichie (2013)

Aside from a somewhat disappointing ending, I appreciated this story, specifically its Nigerian perspective of being a non-American black in America.  I don't think I often enough distinguished the Black experience into its many subcategories, but I feel  at the very least more informed now. In a nutshell, the story centers around Ifemelu who leaves Nigeria… Continue reading Americanah by Ngozi Adichie (2013)

Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens (2016)

This is a quick, one afternoon read, chronicling one woman's childbirth experience.  Lore shows up at a Manhattan hospital alone with a multi-page birth plan.  We don't know why she's alone or why she has prepared such an intricate birth plan. Over the course of the next eleven hours, she connects with her nurse, Frankline,… Continue reading Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens (2016)

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (2016)

A Gentleman in Moscow is a gem of a book that could be just as easily double as a self-help book about how to live life with a positive attitude despite challenging circumstances. The mere suggestion of the self-help genre would undoubtedly ruin the experience, but thematically, it fits.  This novel about a Russian aristocrat, Count… Continue reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (2016)