Review: Hillbilly Elegy

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance My rating: 4 out of 5 stars I initially avoided this book for a couple of reasons: number one, I tend to shy away from over-hyped titles, and this one was all over everywhere. Number two, I assumed this was another in the tall stack of books about current affairs … Continue reading Review: Hillbilly Elegy

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Review: When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi My rating: 5 out of 5 stars I tore through this shattering memoir in a period of days. As promised in the intro written by Abraham Verghese, the prose that Paul Kalanithi turns out is utterly beautiful. Within just 100 pages, we learn how this young neurosurgeon about to embark on … Continue reading Review: When Breath Becomes Air

Review: Sweet Dates in Basra

Sweet Dates in Basra by Jessica Jiji My rating: 3 out of 5 stars In many ways, this is a classic, familiar, and formulaic tale of forbidden love. The dark-eyed beauty who doesn't know her own potency. The intelligent, kind, and not-like-the-other-guys guy who instantly sees and appreciates her for both her inner and outer … Continue reading Review: Sweet Dates in Basra

Review: The Faithful Gardener: A Wise Tale About That Which Can Never Die

The Faithful Gardener: A Wise Tale About That Which Can Never Die by Clarissa Pinkola Estés My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is really more of a short story than a standalone book, but I did enjoy it. Clarissa Pinkola Estes bills herself as a "cantandora," or keeper of the old stories. This book … Continue reading Review: The Faithful Gardener: A Wise Tale About That Which Can Never Die

Review: Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés My rating: 5 of 5 stars It took me a long, long time to finish this book. Usually this is a sign that I am reading reluctantly, slowly plodding through the thing. But this was just the … Continue reading Review: Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype