Category Archives: Non Fiction

A Thousand Mornings: Poems by Mary Oliver

I am not really a poetry person, or at least I say that to myself, but if a Mary Oliver book of poems shows up in my life, I devour them.  That is what happened this last weekend when I … Continue reading

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Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

This book is the harrowing true story of one woman’s quest for truth, knowledge and self determination. It is one of the most powerful endorsements for the proposition that “The Truth shall set you free” and a chilling and heartbreaking … Continue reading

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Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston

When Zora Neale Hurston came to Plateau, Alabama in 1927, Cudjo Lewis was eighty six years old.  He was one of the last living slaves who remembered crossing the Middle Passage from Africa to the United States on the last … Continue reading

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The Widow by Fiona Barton

I always wonder what it must be like to be close to someone under suspicion or investigation for a heinous crime. First there must be the shock of it all, the constant news cycle and the glare of publicity. At … Continue reading

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Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett

Becoming Wise, like it’s title suggests is a book about wisdom. How we find it, what it looks like and how to foster wisdom in our own lives and in our relationships. It is a book about words, and meaning … Continue reading

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A River in the Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa, translated by Risa Kobayashi

Back in November when I saw that young soldier make his daring escape from North Korea , I began to wonder what motivated him to escape and also what his life would be like now that he is free. So when I … Continue reading

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Between The World And Me Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me is ostensibly a letter from a father to his adolescent son. But really it is so much more than that. It is filled with stories and history and it is about the struggle of blacks … Continue reading

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