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

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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

Review: The Wolverine Way

The Wolverine Way by Douglas H. Chadwick My rating: 5 of 5 stars OK, first of all, this book had me at "Wolverine." Show me a book about any fierce, oft misunderstood charismatic megafauna and there is a 99% chance I'm buying that. Add in the factor that the wolverine is perhaps one of the … Continue reading Review: The Wolverine Way

Review: The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature

The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham My rating: 5 of 5 stars Like Drew Lanham himself, this book is big-hearted, funny, generous, and grounded in a deep love for the natural world. Aldo Leopold famously described how landowners write their signatures on the face of … Continue reading Review: The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature

Review: The ALL NEW Don’t Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate

The ALL NEW Don't Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate by George Lakoff My rating: 5 of 5 stars I re-read this updated version in advance of the fall election and found it just as insightful, helpful, and fascinating as I did when I first read it. I highly recommend … Continue reading Review: The ALL NEW Don’t Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate

Review: A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin My rating: 5 of 5 stars Had it not been for a friend's recommendation (thanks, Lisa), I would have never picked this up-- I certainly had never heard of Lucia Berlin. What an incredible writer. These stories all clearly draw from Berlin's own life experience, … Continue reading Review: A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

Review: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien My rating: 5 of 5 stars I avoided the LOTR books for years based upon the frowning warnings of friends who had struggled through them. Someone I know recently dubbed the series "Bored of the Rings." I remember references to complex Elven languages, labrynthine histories, and marathon-length … Continue reading Review: The Fellowship of the Ring

Review: Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is an extraordinarily important book that I think I'll need to read at least two or three more times before I can write a coherent review. More than just a vital piece of literature that will help readers understand the … Continue reading Review: Between the World and Me