Outstanding. I have no words.
Outstanding. I have no words.
Up next! A library find that I hope is not too academic - though I appreciate it‘s coming from a neuroscience perspective!
I throughly enjoyed this quirky contemporary fairy tale. Lila faces challenges, tasks to complete, temptation, mistakes, and adventures on her quest. Great story if you can roll with its oddities: Lila is not particularly likable, the dialogue and story arcs can be a bit cheesily new age-ish, and the author plays fast and loose with (possibly stereotypical?) concepts of Mexican spiritual realism.
Really, really, really, really good. But my god, I haven‘t been so aggravated by characters in a long time. The academic professional experiences of Katherine will be recognized by so many hetero, partnered women of a certain age in academia - the push/pull of identity, agency, authenticity, relationship, patriarchy, and institutionalized sexism. This book is about who we are, what defines us, betrayal, longing, and so much more.
Yesterday‘s library book haul! I only requested 4 of these titles, the rest were browse finds. 😬 #sorrynotsorry
Enjoyable read that‘s a bit history, a bit journalism, and a bit memoir. Good stuff.
The author is coming to town next week so I want to have this done by then. I hear amazing things!
Nice palate-cleanser. I loved the 1920‘s sections but cringed a lot in the mawkish 1970‘s sections. Side note: do authors bother to google the names of their characters? They should. There was a real Clara Darden, an artist, But she wasn‘t this character. She was a Native American basket-weaver. It rubbed me wrong that her name was appropriated for this story that has nothing to do with her or her work.
My town has a separate storefront goodwill for books, CDs, records, and DVDs that I keep forgetting about. Super excited to score this haul for $14! Happy reading and listening! The bottom book, Jack Maggs, came recommended by the grey-haired gentleman running the cash register. 👍🏼😀📚❤️
This book, this epic, tragic, lovely book. How do I begin? As it wrestled with philosophic questions of what life is worth, it maintained a steady quiet tension. I was utterly transfixed. Layers of meaning and history made personal. Gah, I can‘t even describe how good.
Important and necessary reading for right now. While at times repetitive with ideas and quotes, the writing is impassioned and researched. Let the resistance continue.
#ShelfieSunday!! Here‘s my one bookshelf that I allow myself (space issues!). But my books overflow, of course, so I keep my signed copies in a separate stack on top of the photos/craft shelf.
Cheesy but sweet. Very much a soap opera of a book. Quick read for your last few beach days.
I‘m going with pick. The characterizations sold it for me. The insight Ivy has into others, while ignoring her own complexities, was a fascinating contrast. I‘ve been reading more books lately where characters are LGBTQ and it‘s just one aspect of who they are, just part of the fabric of community, and that was cool about this book too. However, solid, if not predictable, mystery, and the premise wasn‘t as cool as I hoped.
If racism is understood not just as an affair of the heart but about material advantage and personal comfort, then the remedy is much different because it means it will cost something to alter.
By making racism only about bombing, blocking, and spitting, the nation gets off easy.
Silence is comfortable. “It is easier to cast protesters as reckless and dangerous than face the comfort and cruel convenience of those on the sidelines of injustice.” Do not be silent.
“And besides, it is easier to build monuments/Than to build a better world.” Damn.
Up next, and just from the preface, required reading.
I never got to take anthropology in college, and I found this book a good introduction to many of the key concepts that anthropology studies and discusses. It is a Western viewpoint, and a summary/intro, so for those reasons limited in scope. However, the author does look critically at the field and its origins. Good place to start.
Laughing so much that Mr JSW came out of his hobby room and asked me what I was reading. 😂😂😂
This book is not for everyone, though I recommend it. It may be triggering or painful to anyone who has suffered for generations at the hands of white supremacy and nationalism. Please take care of yourself. But white people - I‘m talking to you. You should read this, because we are all complicit. Work on your internalized racism. Find the ways you can speak out or act out against WN and white supremacy. (Cont in comments)
This is why more people don‘t change their mindsets (or leave abusive situations, or make different choices, or any of the other judgments we who are “morally superior” ascribe to those who don‘t think as we do or do what we do). This is intense and traumatic.
There‘s a lot of thoughts that this book is inspiring in me, but this is one of the ones that‘s rising to the top. People‘s ideologies aren‘t just “intellectual” or “emotional” without a relational context. The most meaningful elements holding us in places are often loyalty, belonging, sense of family, and identity. Any efforts to change hearts MUST incorporate ways people can establish new connections with others.
Here‘s the thing. If you loved Olive Kitteridge (which I did not), you will love this book (which I did not). Strout writes amazing contemporary realism, but I can‘t stand her characters and the naked emotions of their stories. I find these books depressing, and heartbreaking, and irritating. So i can‘t give a full pick even though the writing is superb. 🤷🏻♀️
There have been other books that have imagined the life of Mary Bryant, here Jenny Gwyn but her story is new to me. I definitely enjoyed this one. I appreciated the portrayal of her tenacity and unwillingness to give up what little agency she had. This isn‘t really a feel good book but I was definitely hooked.
Next up! The book feels so new, I think I may be the first to read it, which makes me irrationally happy. Part of the joy of reading for me (and why I love buying new hardbacks) is that sense of discovery. Does that make sense?
Intriguing history. Detailed but clear, Cep walks us through a geographical area, politics, history, people, murder, and Harper Lee. Well-organized and absent from didacticism and judgment.
Good stuff. Just enough gossip to satisfy my voyeuristic soul, but also lots of Hollywood history too, and the history of the buildings and property and neighborhood. I would have liked more pictures of the rooms and architecture. Must read for anyone interested in Los Angeles.
Thrilled to find this one on the shelf at the library!