Saving Atticus


One day, all is right with the literary world... And then suddenly, one of the most significant characters of all time has transformed into someone we scarcely recognize. How does this happen? And what does it mean?First, a word about narrative sequence: Go Set a Watchman is not the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. Nor is it an intentional prequel. As legend has it (b/c any word spoken in reference to Nell Harper Lee smacks of legend) the author penned these pages first. They amount to what A … [Read more...]

Prisoners, Nuns and Mockingbirds: a Summer Reading List


I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Summer is for slackers. And non-fiction is for suckers. I stick by that, and in that vein, my summer reading list is usually ALL fiction. But this year, I’m going to diverge from that just a little bit. Like many white people in America, I’m realizing more every day that I don’t know the first thing about race, or racism, as it lives and breathes in the soil of my own country.  I heard a challenge recently: to make a commitment to read only books by peo … [Read more...]

“The Help:” Prophets Major and Minor

Wow, this is going to be a great book.Sorry family, you will be microwaving your own dinner tonight, mama is reading.Wow, that was an awesome book! If I know you, I’m going to make you read it.I kind of want to read that again.I really wish I’d written that myself…This is the 5-stage journey of a really excellent book. Kathryn Stockett’s, “The Help” took me through every one of them when I first read it, with an extra twisty 6th step thrown in the middle. The all-over chills m … [Read more...]

Comfort Reading and Cooler Climes…


It is officially hot enough to melt your shoes out there, so lots of time to enjoy a good book in the a/c! Or better yet, take that good book and seek higher ground. Curling up in a cabin in Flagstaff sounds just divine right about now...Last summer I skipped the annual reading list because I was pregnant and re-reading my all-time favorites (crazy hormones send you running for the familiar--for me that meant lots of trips to Hogwarts, Mitford, and Maycomb.)This year, for all the chaos … [Read more...]