Category Archives: Nonfiction

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

In the prologue to this short, but devastating history, scholar Carol Anderson explains her title in this way: White rage is not about visible violence, but rather it works its way through the courts, the legislatures, and a range of … Continue reading

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A Prayer Journal

When Flannery O’Connor was a very young woman, just twenty-one, she went to the University of Iowa for a year to participate in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She was a devout Catholic, and during that year or so, she kept … Continue reading

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The Fire Next Time

This 1963 book by James Baldwin is heart-breakingly relevant today. Not only did it inspire two important books of 2016—The Fire This Time and Between the World and Me—but it also feels at times like it could have been written last … Continue reading

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Birds, Art, Life

When writer Kyo Maclear began taking care of her ailing father, she found herself adrift and unable to write. Constant worry and the changing patterns of her day became difficult to manage.She writes that A mind narrows when it has … Continue reading

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The Cross and the Lynching Tree

James H. Cone is a theologian best known for his work in Black liberation theology. I’ve read a bit about his work, but I’d never read anything he’d written until reading this short examination of how the cross of Christianity … Continue reading

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Travels in West Africa

The last time I read a travelogue by an intrepid Victorian lady explorer, I had mixed feelings about it. Amelia B. Edwards’s A Thousand Miles Up the Nile was a fascinating look at 19th-century Egypt and what it was like … Continue reading

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Hope in the Dark

I know I’m not alone in needing hope these days. After the election, Haymarket Books knew a lot of people needed some hope, so they made ebooks of Rebecca Solnit’s Hope in the Dark available free. I snagged a copy then. And … Continue reading

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Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery

Here’s how Robert Kolker describes the five woman at the center of this book: They weren’t angels. They weren’t devils. One was the aimless dreamer of her family until the pressures of adult responsibility became impossible to ignore. Another was … Continue reading

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Between the World and Me

I’ll preface this post by saying that it’s hard for me to know how to write about this book. I read it back in October, but didn’t know how to start writing a review. Between the World and Me was … Continue reading

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The Silent Woman

I started Janet Malcolm’s book The Silent Woman in the belief that it was a biography of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. I’ve never read much Plath — just the most-anthologized poems — and even less Hughes, and I only … Continue reading

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