Category Archives: Nonfiction

My Own Country

Born in Ethiopia to Indian parents, Abraham Verghese decided, after finishing his medical training, to settle in Johnson City, Tennessee, where he had been a resident a few years earlier. It was the mid-1980s, and Johnson City was seeing an … Continue reading

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7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

“What sorts of things do you read?” people ask me, when they find out that reading is almost my only hobby. “Almost anything,” I tell them. “All sorts. Horror, romance, literary fiction, mysteries, religion, biography, history, psychology, science writing. Well … Continue reading

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Seabiscuit was the biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, getting more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But no one would have been able to predict it. He had short, crooked legs, a “sad tail,” and a pedigree that … Continue reading

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From Heaven Lake

Vikram Seth is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read all of his novels, even the one written in verse (and am looking forward to A Suitable Girl, coming out in 2016, ya-hey!) I’ve read his biography of his great-aunt … Continue reading

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January Essays: The Deal Me in Challenge

As I mentioned earlier this month, I decided to make my way through The Art of the Personal Essay, edited by Phillip Lopate, by participating in the Deal Me in Challenge. I’ve assigned each essayist in the book a playing … Continue reading

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The Glass Castle

Just recently, I read a post by Swistle, one of my favorite bloggers, who was giving her opinion of the film Boyhood. One of the things she said is that the movie made her very uncomfortable in several different ways. … Continue reading

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The Wilder Life

Wendy McClure knows the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder — something she calls Laura World — almost by heart. She (like a lot of us, maybe) remembers places she’s never been: the Big Woods of Wisconsin, the little … Continue reading

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The Bush Was Blazing But Not Consumed

I’m taking a class at my church called Education for Ministry. It’s basically a four-year study of the Bible and church history. Each year, the program has a theme, and participants read something related to that theme. This year, our … Continue reading

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Fictitious Dishes

Fictitious Dishes, by Dinah Fried, is a fairly small hardcover book that combines my two favorite things: books and food. And food in books! Fried has an extremely winning premise: she found descriptions of meals in great books, recreated the … Continue reading

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Silent Spring

When Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, I’m not sure she could possibly have known what an impact it would have on her readership. She might have hoped that people would listen to her urgent, horrifying message about the … Continue reading

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