Being a little late to the gate with this post, I already have several books under my belt for this month’s theme:
- Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune, Roselle Lim (fiction)
- Sleeping With the Dictionary, Harryette Mullen (poetry)
- Blue Diary, Alice Hoffman (fiction)
- Survival Lessons, Alice Hoffman (nonfiction)
- The Tiny Journalist, Naomi Shihab Nye (poetry)
- Love Poems (for Married People), John Kenney
- The Bookshop of Yesterdays, Amy Meyerson (fiction)
There are no dogs in the above list, and I’m not going to comment beyond that except to call out The Tiny Journalist, by Naomi Shihab Nye, a poetry book I loved. I don’t think people read enough poetry. I find poetry to be akin to meditation in some way. I’m not quite sure how to equate them, except that meditation can pull me out of workaday, and poetry takes me out of my everyday reading. In both cases, they are special spaces. Perhaps not quite sacred space, but close to. In-between places, I think of them. Neither quite one nor the other.
Back to literary forms. This is such a rich theme, so many to choose from. Currently at the top of the fiction list (this can change on a dime):
- A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki
- The Manual of Detection, Jedediah Berry
- History of Wolves, Emily Fridlund
- The Reader, Traci Chee
In the nonfiction realm, I’ve just started The Vegetarian Myth, by Lierre Keith. I’m not sure I’ll finish it. I certainly agree with one of her major premises, that animals are a vital part of a natural ecological cycle on a farm. But I don’t feel a need to convince vegetarians of this. Vegetarians have a much smaller carbon footprint compared to us meat eaters, and I respect that.
Other contenders for nonfiction:
- True Notebooks, Mark Salzman
- Monsoon Diary, Shoba Narayan
- The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness, Briana Karp
- I’ll Never Write My Memoirs, Grace Jones
The Grace Jones book was at the top of my list, but I got it in paperback. This wouldn’t be such a bad thing if I hadn’t originally seen it in hardcover, with all those full-color pictures. The pictures in this book are black and white and of grainy character. I want to read it, but I want the experience I had when I first saw the hardcover. So, I guess I will track down the hardcover. Grainy black and white just does not do Grace Jones justice.
Last month’s theme was Women (in any form or reference). I read a lady, a huntress, a bride, Hagar, Invisible Women, a sister, more women, a mistress, a mother, a girl, Lumberjanes, and Sappho. A very good month for women.