Category Archives: Nonfiction

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

In this autobiography (as told to Alex Haley), Malcolm X says “My whole life had been a chronology of changes.” Yet, too often, he, like so many historical figures, gets frozen in amber, depicted in a single moment in time, when, … Continue reading

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Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

In 1972, Jean McConville, a Catholic mother of 10 in Belfast, was taken from her home, in front of her kids, and never seen again. This being Belfast in the 70s, her disappearance was assumed to be related to the … Continue reading

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Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times

My church has been doing a series of book studies over Zoom. Past selections focused on issues of racial justice, but this book by Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, took a wider view, looking at how to … Continue reading

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Braiding Sweetgrass

A lot of the conversation about people and the planet centers on how we’ve done the Earth wrong, how nature would be better off without humanity wrecking everything. And indeed we’ve done a lot of wrecking. But in Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin … Continue reading

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Solutions and Other Problems

Last year, I read and reviewed Hyperbole and a Half in anticipation of Allie Brosh’s new book. And now I’ve read the new book, which is just as delightful. Hooray! Like the previous book, Solutions and Other Problems is a series … Continue reading

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July in Review

July brought a few baby steps toward normalcy. I started using my library’s no-contact curbside service, which works really well. And my church started having outdoor services last week, with masks, social distancing, and reservations required. (The reservations are to … Continue reading

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June in Review

Now that I’m into the third month of the pandemic, my new at-home life just feels like normal life. Virginia is opening up a bit more, but I expect to be working at home indefinitely, and it will be a … Continue reading

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In the Dream House

Bluebeard’s greatest lie was that there was only one rule: the newest wife could do anything she wanted—anything—as long as she didn’t do that (single, ordinary) thing; didn’t stick that tiny, inconsequential key into that tiny, inconsequential lock. But was … Continue reading

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What I Read This Summer: August Readings

Continuing my record of books I read while on blogging break. If you want to chat about any of these, please comment! Stranger in the House by Julie Summers: A really informative book about how reuniting families in Great Britain coped … Continue reading

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Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again

Like many people, I was shocked and saddened at the recent death of Rachel Held Evans, the author and blogger who helped so many people see that Christianity is a faith of love and acceptance, even when so many of … Continue reading

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