Category: Book Club

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…

Krista Tippett: Heart Mind and Spirit

  You can disagree with another person’s opinions. You can disagree with their doctrines. You can’t disagree with their experience. – Krista Tippett One of the people turn to when I feel panicked about the state of the world is Krista Tippett. Her ability to unweave that which is complex and overwhelming, and distill it to the essential, forgivable characteristics of…

A Game of Thrones: Worth the Read?

Though it took me a while (read: an unfortunately long while) to come to my senses, I am, now and forever, a dedicated fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones series. It wasn’t actually that hard to fall in love with the show, once I learned to expect the unexpected, in terms of severed body parts and full frontal nudity. It…

My Book Advisor

So lately I have felt a bit cooped up in my flat, confined by the cold and rainy months that make up the Danish Winter. However, during these past few months I have finally found the time to start chipping away at the long list of book recommendations given to me by my Grandma. My Grandma is a serious reader.…

Event Alert + Reading Recommendation: Rebecca Solnit

While on vacation in New York City this winter I happened upon Rebecca Solnit’s book of essays Men Explain Things to Me. I finished it soon after in a chic Williamsburg cafe. You may already be broadly familiar with Solnit, whose work inspired the slang term “mansplaining.” My boyfriend was simultaneously reading Ready Player One (which I would also recommend),…