I’ve just realized that I read more non-fiction than fiction last month. (Way, way more non-fiction if you count reading for research.) Who am I?
The Book of Esther, Emily Barton: I picked this book based on the cover…and the description…but mainly the cover. It’s about what you’d expect from a story set in a fictitious Jewish nation during WWII with mechanical horses and golems. I really expected the plot to seem weirder, which I think shows the author’s skill at making the fantastical elements belong in the story. My main complaint was the cliffhanger-style ending. What’s worse, an ending where everything is wrapped up too neatly or an ending where nothing is wrapped up? I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
The Refugees, Viet Thanh Nguyen: This book has been on my “to read” list for a while, and I pulled it off the library shelf without really looking at it. Well…for some reason I had been thinking it was a novel, but it’s actually a book of short stories. So I’m not really sure how to review this one. It’s good writing but it wasn’t really what I wanted to read at the time.
The Autobiography of Mark Twain (volume 2), Samuel Clemens: This is more like a series of essays, as it’s dictations where Clemens just talked about whatever he wanted to talk about on a given day. A lot of what he wanted to talk about was politicians and other famous people of his acquaintance. And rants about politics. A lot of these segments are depressing, because: have we learned nothing? Read if you want to be disturbed yet amused.
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, Michael Dyson: If you’ve spent much time in certain flavors of the American church, you’ll recognize this type of sermon. It’s the type of sermon nobody wants to hear unless they’re smugly self-assured that it’s not about them. But listen.
Words Are My Matter, Ursula K. LeGuin: I expected to enjoy LeGuin’s essays on writing, but actually my favorite parts in this book were her book reviews and book introductions. Because what I really need is a few dozen more book recommendations, obviously.
What’s your favorite writing about writing?
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