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)

Missoula by Jon Krakauer (2015)

I have utmost respect for Krakauer as a writer and an investigative journalist. He always seems to find a story that needs telling, and he humanizes his stories in such a way that his readers understand the issues and implications of his topics, but we also see the personal and emotional side by getting to… Continue reading Missoula by Jon Krakauer (2015)

The Round House by Louise Erdrich (2012)

Every time I read a Louise Erdrich novel, I expect it to be as captivating as Love Medicine, but nothing has lived up to it yet.  The Round house is okay---sometimes compelling, sometimes confusing, and sometimes tedious and dragging. The story, told by Joe, the 13-year-old narrator, takes place on an Indian reservation (as do… Continue reading The Round House by Louise Erdrich (2012)

*I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I read this for the first time about 15 or 20 years ago, and though it's one of those books that everyone should read, it didn't strike me as powerfully this time as it did when I read it back then.  I'm pretty sure I've read all of her books except her poetry collections, so… Continue reading *I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou