The Curious Autodidact

April 26, 2014

A Few Stunning Novels

Filed under: book related — Honilima @ 9:27 am

  • Dad by William Wharton
  • Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
  • Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons
  • Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  • Run by Anne Patchett
  • Shadowland by Charles Baxter
  • Straight Man by Richard Russo
  • Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • The Clothes they Stood Up in by Alan Bennett
  • Unfinished Life by Mark Spragg
  • When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka

April 25, 2014

Three Books Stacked in My “To Read” Pile….

Filed under: book related,social justice,Word Related — Honilima @ 8:59 pm


Listening to Andrew Soloman on KUER talking about his book Far From the Tree inspired me to buy the book and it is a thick one… now to find time to read it!

The prison industrial complex is a constant nag at me so this book struck me as an important read The New Jim Crow.

“Now and then a book comes along that might in time touch the public and educate social commentators, policymakers, and politicians about a glaring wrong that we have been living with that we also somehow don’t know how to face. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander is such a work”
The New York Review of Books

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Tracy Kidder is carrying on the tradition of John McPhee a great nonfiction writer. This book Mountain Beyond Mountains 
and House are great works. He speaks on KQED out of San Francisco about his newest book Good Prose.

What books do you have stacked by the side of your bed?

I know I will die with a stack of unread books beside the bed and I wouldn’t want it any other way. What a gift to have access to so many books… many don’t…

April 22, 2014

“This I Believe” Essay Worth Listening to or Reading

Filed under: media related,social justice — Honilima @ 6:43 am

This essay, The Time to Help Is Now by Maria Zapetis, was written when she was a student in high school in Miami, FL. This NPR series is terrific, I often print them out to send to a young woman I write to who is incarcerated.

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