February 13, 2010

I recently finished reading Barbara Kingsolver’s latest novel, The Lacuna.  I love Kingsolver, so I had very high expectations, and I was not disappointed.  Besides being a great story that you want to finish, besides the threat of a bad ending and the ambiguously excellent ending, besides the thought provoking bits and pieces of history […]


Ruthless vs. Harsh

November 7, 2009

Wow, I’d better start blogging every weekend or else I’ll never blog at all! To cope with all the newness of the job, I dip into fiction when I have the energy to read for fun.  I love the “15 books” note that floated by on Facebook and I’m looking forward to reading the books […]


Competitive Ritual

September 23, 2009

Driving home from work one evening, I caught a part of a Fresh Air interview with Karen Armstrong. I recognized her name and wondered if she is the author of Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas, a wonderful book I read some years ago. But then I realized no, she is the author of […]


Periodic Table, by Primo Levi

August 29, 2009

Having finished reading Missy Fundi: Kenya Girl, by Mary Anderson Honer, a lovely memoir that my mom edited for a childhood friend, I found myself in Maine with nothing to read.  A friend on facebook had tagged me with a “15 books that will always stay with you” note, and I’d done the same and […]