On My Nightstand: Books, June 11*

Ruskovich, Idaho
Random House cover art via Amazon

In this week’s reading, a new book, Idaho by Emily Ruskovich. I picked this one up on the recommendation of writer Leigh Stein, who spoke at a Thursday evening author reading I attended. It’s intriguing so far. I wouldn’t call Idaho a mystery, but there’s a mystery at its center, one full of heartbreak and confusion. I got the last copy at my local library but will probably have it back by Tuesday. There’s nothing like summer for novel reading!

FYI: I skipped posting last week as I finished Chris Bohjalian’s amazing Midwives. It’s worth a read if you haven’t read it already.

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On My Nightstand: Books, May 28*

Cover art, Whitehead, Underground Railroad
Goodreads photo.

Summer has clearly arrived: I finished Colson Whitehead’s book The Underground Railroad in just a few days. It’s a remarkable read, a painful and beautiful homage to America’s enslaved people. I had little knowledge of the book when I started it and was floored by the elements of magical realism it contains. I wondered how many people didn’t realize such fantastic elements (ie, rooted in fantasy) were just that, and who thought, for example, that there truly was a railroad whose actual tracks lay in tunnels under our nation. In any case, the railroad’s physical existence in the book is a stunning metaphor-made-real. I really loved this book.

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Cover art, Bohjalian, Midwives
Goodreads photo.

I’m reading Chris Bohjalian’s Midwives, a twenty-year old novel about a midwife who resorts to an emergency C-section that leaves a patient dead and puts her at the mercy of the law. The book dives right into the ways in which the ob-gyn medical establishment marginalized midwives. Such a situation is laden with sex and gender overtones. I am digging it thus far.

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On My Nightstand: Books, May 21*

Hi all! I skipped posting last week because I was still reading the same stuff. But my day job is essentially done for the summer, so now I’ll have time to read more! Yay for books!

Whitehead, Underground Railroad
Goodreads.com photo.

Last night I started Colson Whitead’s The Underground Railroad. My parents gave it to my husband last Christmas and it was buried in his to-read pile, so I stole it. I read about 45 pages last night, and my quick take at this point: Whitehead’s book thus far is a brutally honest work in which the horrors of slavery are laid out so plainly that they’d seem common, save the way the horror impacts us. That ability–to make us appreciate the quotidian nature of the brutality of slavery so as to communicate the way excruciating violence was ordinary and devastating is a gift. It’s a book that thus far is both hard to read and hard to put down.

I’ve got a small summer reading list started–anything you think I ought to get on there? I’ll dig it out and post it next week.

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On My Nightstand: Books, May 7*

I’m slow and still reading the books I started last week: Stieg Larsson’s The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest and Marie Kondo’s Spark Joy. If I’m honest, I haven’t even picked the latter back up.

In one week, we lost a beloved pet and I had a horrible cold. Mercifully the week ended with a really fun wedding for people dear to us, so that was a huge improvement.

I’m putting together my summer reading list–if you’ve got suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

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On my Nightstand: Books, April 30*

Every Sunday I’ll be checking in with a book list of what I’m reading.

Larsson, Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, book
cover art, Random house

My before bed reading is the third book in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, by Stieg Larsson. I love mysteries and thrillers for my fun reading, and I really dug the Swedish films based on this series. So I’m finally finishing it.

Kondo, spark joy, book
Cover art, Random House

In addition, I’m also reading Marie Kondo’s Spark Joy. Slowly. I never read her other book and it was out at the library when I popped in last week, so I picked up Joy instead. I haven’t read too far, and I’ll probably write a full post about Spark Joy once I finish. Her basic ethos suits me, even if I don’t entirely agree with it.

Classes end this week, so my only work reading is papers.

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