Thursday, November 19, 2020

This Telling by Cheryl Strayed

This Telling by Cheryl Strayed

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This beautiful, moving short story by Cheryl Strayed depicts a life built around a long-hidden secret. A teenager puts her baby up for adoption in the '60s and this tale explores the lingering impact for a woman who had few options in her youth. Well-written and thought-provoking. 

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Keep Moving by Maggie Smith

Keep Moving by Maggie Smith

 My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've had breakups that brought me to my knees, endings that left me destroyed, crying, hopeless. I think I learned a little from each of them, but I never worked the inspiring magic trick poet Maggie Smith did with Keep Moving

Somehow, she took the crushing, world-altering blow of a wrenching divorce and transformed it into hope for herself and others, not to mention writing a bestseller in the process.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Graceful Burdens by Roxane Gay

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This intriguing short story leaves you both satisfied and wanting more. It would make a killer novel, but works beautifully as is, too.

In Graceful Burdens, Roxane Gay imagines a world where only licensed people are legally allowed to have children, with the "fit" being determined by genetic profiling.

In this world, unlicensed women can check out babies from the library like a book to be loved and shared by all, but truly belonging to nobody. In a short space, Gay manages to give us a glimpse of what life would be like for women in such a world, as well as creating and answering a compelling mystery as to just how some babies end up in the library at all.