The Fifth Season

There's an incredible thing that happens when you come across something new, inventive, something that breaks the mold. It has the power to open up what once seemed closed. It can give hope, provide clarity, and be a catalyst for creativity. N. K. Jemisin has written a book that takes what we think of as… Continue reading The Fifth Season

Pachinko

By Min Jin Lee "History has failed us, but no matter."- first line of Pachinko I want to branch out, read different genres and writing forms. I want to open myself to LGBTQ stories and what they can teach. Authors that don't look like me, love like I do, speak my language, are writing important… Continue reading Pachinko

Bloodroot

By Amy Greene   One of the best things I can do for myself as a writer is read. Good writing is such a wonderful teacher. Bad writing can teach, too, of course, but who wants to read it? The best lessons come from writers who write for the love of a story. Bloodroot is… Continue reading Bloodroot

If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk By: James Baldwin   Let's get cozy. Grab that heavy blanket, that cup of warm whatever. Find a secluded spot, one without distractions; a place where you can take out your pen and underline all his words and not feel bad about it. Pull your grandma sweater tightly around your… Continue reading If Beale Street Could Talk

Calypso

Calypso

By David Sedaris Genre: Creative Nonfiction Essays/Memoir   I'm in love with David Sedaris. It happened in high school. I think it was when I read Me Talk Pretty One Day that I realized writing could be funny. Of course I'd read Twain, and yes, he was funny, but Sedaris was alive and breathing. He was… Continue reading Calypso

The Nightingale: Journal 3

The Conclusion: "These days, Paris was a woman screaming." (p.447) This quote is it for me. All of the women left behind in the towns, the protectors, scrounging for food, turning on each other, lying to save lives, going hungry, going mad. Will they have peace? What kind of peace does the end of war… Continue reading The Nightingale: Journal 3

The Nightingale: Journal 2

One of the struggles for Vianne and Isabelle is their conflicting views on what is "right" during this war. Is it right to protect your child and do whatever it takes even if that means having the enemy sleep in your home? Is it right to fight, to resist, to risk everything including your life… Continue reading The Nightingale: Journal 2

The Nightingale: Journal 1

The Nightingale By: Kristin Hannah Genre: Historical Fiction I'm a sucker for historical fiction. Add to that multiple points of view and smart writing - I'm sold!  I read this book in a week, which isn't easy to do when you have unneeded interruptions from hungry children. Like they need to eat or something. As… Continue reading The Nightingale: Journal 1

All This I Will Give To You: Journal 3

This book continues to have a beautiful sense of place. The aroma of the grape vines and the gardenias, the beautiful gardens, and the welcoming workers. I want to go there! I want to make wine and then drink it while sitting on the balcony. I like the juxtaposition of the two characters Manuel and… Continue reading All This I Will Give To You: Journal 3

All This I Will Give To You: Journal 2

We know Alvaro is dead and now we know more about Manuel's past and the loss of his sister and his parents. This is an incredible history of loss. How does this affect Manuel and his grief process? Sounds like he hasn't fully grieved his sister's death and what does that mean for him now?… Continue reading All This I Will Give To You: Journal 2