I love reading!
On this blog, I write book reviews. It started out as a weekly review, but what was I thinking? Then it became monthly. Now it’s occasional.
I’ve reviewed books in several categories, including adult fiction and non-fiction, kid fiction, and graphic novels. I search out books that will interest my son, who is in elementary school, and my reading choices have often reflected that. I also look for books that can spark interesting conversations with my husband and my friends.
But in 2020 I’m focusing mostly on adult nonfiction, with a focus on books about work, social justice, feminism and leadership.
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What gives me joy, you ask?
I know you didn’t, but I’ve been asking myself this question because pandemic. And the short answer is: Trees, books, words, sneakers, spring, and cats.
It’s a nice list, I think, because it’s simple. There’s one quirky joy though, which can’t be expressed in a single word. This source of joy requires a bit more explaining.
It might seem weird to some, but I get effervescent feelings from collecting quirky books. Often small in size, but not exclusively so, and written by obscure authors, these are books hardly anyone has ever heard of, let alone read. I hold these books in a special place in my heart. They have biographical meaning. They tell me the story of my inner life.
Continue reading “This book about cat walking brings me joy in a dark time”
Rachel Matlow’s gut-busting memoir made me want to call my mom — ASAP
Dead Mom Walking forced me to face not just one, but several of my worst fears: losing my mom, being diagnosed with cancer, and leaving behind a grieving child when I die. But somehow, author Rachel Matlow had me laughing through almost every scene along the way to their effervescent mother’s death from cancer. (Matlow is genderqueer and uses the pronouns she/her and they/them.)
Honestly, it took me a couple of weeks to finish this book, despite the fact that it’s immediately unputdownable because of Matlow’s lively and conversational voice. I got three-quarters of the way in, laughing out loud at Matlow’s narration as well as their mother’s witty quips. But then I stalled.
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Dan Ariely’s book helps explain why people usually do the right thing… and why they sometimes don’t
If the educational animated series Schoolhouse Rock mated with the academic field of Behavioural Economics, the two would have a baby named Amazing Decisions.
The author of this inventive book, Dan Ariely, is a professor of cognitive psychology at Duke University, where he founded the Center for Advanced Hindsight. The research he conducts there puts human beings in situations that test their decision-making, and he’s written several books to explain the results of his studies.
Continue reading “Who doesn’t want to make Amazing Decisions?”