Category: Book Club

Love Rupi Kaur? Hate Rupi Kaur? Either way, read some more poetry.

Whatever you think of super-famous Instagram poet Rupi Kaur, you have to admit that she is a phenomenon. Her first poetry collection, Milk and Honey, has sold 1.6 million copies–remarkable for any debut author, but unthinkable for a poet. Her second collection, called The Sun and Her Flowers, was released on October 3rd and quickly became the book that launched a thousand thinkpieces: The…

In Defense of YA Fiction

Let’s be real for a second. I will NEVER be too old to read young adult fiction/fantasy and it will probably always be my favorite genre. I’m pretty sure I spent at least half of my childhood living through fantasy books (shoutout to author Tamara Pierce). The adventures, the fights, the magic. The very clear Good and Bad People. The feeling…

Late Night Chats with Invisible Monsters

This was a rather strange choice for a beach read, but it was my first opportunity to relax and let my brain chill out post-MCAT, and I just so happened to be on the beach. Really, I think this book would have felt weird regardless of where I read it, but the disjunction between place and topic definitely added to…

We Are All Migrants Through Time

Last Fall, I watched 4.1 Miles, a short documentary on the refugee crisis in Greece created by a Berkeley grad (below). Last Winter, I found myself at a loss in the face of a new president who failed spectacularly to understand the experience of immigrants. A few weeks ago, I read an article about how overweight Asian-Americans and more emotionally…

Pick of the Summer: Orphan Train

I just read a book, recommended to me by my mom, recommended to her by my grandma (this makes it an automatic winner)! The book of note is Orphan Train, written by Christina Baker Kline, and it combines a historical storyline (a young Irish orphan, Niamh, is sent on a train to the Midwest to be adopted out in 1929)…

Talking and Listening at Tin House

Hello rad-ish readers! I’m at a writing workshop this week and since I’m up for a Book Club post, I thought I’d write about my first few days settling in here. Thanks for reading! –Wesley Hello from Tin House Summer Workshop in Portland, Oregon! This is a weeklong writing workshop hosted at Reed College by indie publisher Tin House, featuring some crazy-good…

Reading Diversely: Emma Ewert

Below we feature an interview with Emma Ewert, an environmental educator living in the West. She made a commitment a few months ago to read books written only by people who aren’t white men for a whole year, in order to consciously seek out the underrepresented voices of literature. Now Emma has a blog, Reading Diversely- a year of not…

Book Slump

I’ve got a confession to make: I haven’t been reading. I’ve only been off the wagon for a week or so, but since I’m a firm believer in reading nearly every day (and writing nearly every day) it feels super weird to not be in a book. Also I’m a writer with a day job in publishing: I should be…

9 Must Reads

After I graduated college, I decided that in the absence of long school reading assignments it was time to bring back the person I have been for 19 of my 23 years: a voracious reader. I grew up spending hours and hours of free time curled up with book on the couch, at my brother’s baseball games, in the bath, huddled next…

Camp Nanowrimo Sucked (and Made Me a Better Writer)

Stephen King said of writing, “Don’t wait for the muse. As I’ve said, he’s a hardheaded guy who’s not susceptible to a lot of creative fluttering. This isn’t the Ouija board or the spirit-world we’re talking about here, but just another job like laying pipe or driving long-haul trucks,” and I believed him. I knew from past creative endeavors like…