Reading & Writing

8 Books I Want to Read in 2017

bookish-foxToday Will Be Different by Maria Semple. When I read the summary of this book, standing in line at a bookstore, I thought, I wish I’d written that. So now I’m really curious about what it is I wish I’d written, you know?

The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch. I want to read this not because I really know anything about it, but because I keep hearing how amazing Lidia Yuknavitch is, and I’d like to see for myself. This is (correct me if I’m wrong) her most recent work, and it won the Oregon Book Award’s Ken Kesey Award for Fiction.

Jagged Edge of the Sky by Paula Marie Coomer. Paula was my creative writing teacher at WSU–not my only one, but close to it, since by some fluke of scheduling she ended up teaching me 200-level classes in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. It was really fun being her student and getting the same professor’s perspective on all three genres, especially because she writes all three genres. She is not your run-of-the mill writer–or your run-of-the-mill person, for that matter–and her work is always exciting. Told from 16 different perspectives, I expect no less from this one. Continue reading “8 Books I Want to Read in 2017”

Reading & Writing

Hanging Out with The Girls

the-girls-emma-cline-660x440When this week began, I knew very little about Charles Manson and the “Manson Family.” I’d seen his picture. I’d heard references to Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten without really knowing who they were. I knew it wasn’t pretty, but I’d never gone in search of the details.

Then I picked up The Girls by Emma Cline. A popular book, often featured on end caps, with an appealing cover and a vaguely historical basis. An impulse purchase, if I must admit it, on a shopping trip to Target. It sat on my shelf for about six months before I cracked the cover, then I read the whole thing in two days. Continue reading “Hanging Out with The Girls”