This book is the classic work dealing with the psychology of death. The ﬁve stages of grief were ﬁrst outlined here, though they are focused more on those dying then the people grieving after they are gone. Kübler-Ross interviewed terminally ill patients as part of an...more
One of my favorite books as a kid was Jennifer and Josephine, and though I never read any other of Peet’s many children’s books, I considered him a favorite writer. I spotted this book at the library — an illustrated autobiography! His insight into the early...more
For some reason I had the expectation that this book was more speciﬁcally about writing, but instead it is a loosely sketched memoir of how honing in on her senses led her to be a writer with a lot of family history. It was far more interesting as a memoir than as any kind of guidance for ﬁction writing....more
Rainer Maria Rilke
It’s hard to read a book like this for the ﬁrst time, after hearing so often what an amazing read it is. I felt kind of disappointed in it until the last few letters, which are just plainly beautiful.
I believe that nearly all our griefs are moments of tension. We perceive them as crippling because we no...more
The highly anticipated follower to Persepolis!; I am very lucky that Steve had requested it from the library early and then let me read it ﬁrst when he got it. This book starts with Marjane arriving in Vienna, the ﬁrst one having ended with her leaving Iran, and her transition into a life...more
the may 2004 issue of harper’s included a letter from Congo titled “In the Valley of the Gun: A massacre unfolds in eastern Congo” by Bryan Mealer — a very intense witness of the violence in the Republic of Congo. in talking to my roommate about it,...more
an excellent collection of largely personal essays, the topics run from traveling to memories to animal studies. the introduction alone is worth a read by itself — an explanation of sorts of Lopez’s background, as context for the essays that follow.
there were a few parts that i wasn’t so into, but “A Short Passage in...more
this book wasn’t exactly what i was expecting; it’s not so much “one of the most appealing and lyrical explorations of home,” as the 1994 Beacon Press edition describes it. there is a lot in here about images of home but the focus is more generally on “intimate spaces” analyzed through (mostly French) literature/poetry.
i loved this book when i read it several years ago, using it as a ﬁrst page for the last issue of my zine pink tea (see below); it was a nice counterweight to Catch-22 to read it again now. it’s a very layered look at the history of tea and tea ceremonies, digging deeper than one may expect in...more