Books: Love Medicine

Yet another recommendation came to me from my good friend Nate. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich is a story about family, about Native American life on the reservation, about accepting those aspects of life we can’t change and shouldering on through. The book is structured more as a series interconnected of short stories rather than …

Books: The Circumnavigators

With this summer’s plan to read books outside my normal lists, I’ve decided to occasionally post some thoughts about what I’m reading as well. Per the advice of the excellent Justine Larbalestier, I’ll only be writing the nice things–there’s just no upside in ripping something I didn’t happen to enjoy. On that note, the first …

The Non-Genre Summer Spectacular!

I love science fiction and fantasy. I grew up reading them, and they still have a lock on my attention and taste. There’s nothing better than digging into a book that creates a world unlike our own. Not to say that’s all I read, but at times the genre dominates my reading list a bit …

The Art and Science of Organizing Bookshelves

With our recent home improvements, I’ve gotten a chance to take on one my favorite organizational task–reorganizing my bookshelves. Although I dearly love my books, I only change how they’re ordered in a big way when we’re moving the shelves so they end up unloaded. I believe a person’s bookshelves tell a lot about them. …

Books: Cat’s Cradle

This the third of the late, great Kurt Vonnegut’s books that I’ve read. The first I read was the one he’s best known for, Slaughterhouse-Five, and the second was Gal├ípagos, which my friend Brian got me started on reading aloud on a road-trip along the Oregon coast. Most people know about Slaughterhouse-Five if they’re familiar …