Must-Read Memoir: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance I might know a thing or two about being a hillbilly. Much of my growing up took place in the Ozarks of Arkansas catching crawdads and eating black-eyed peas at school lunch, and my parents live in the mountains of rural Tennessee. So, when I had dinner recently with aContinue reading “Must-Read Memoir: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance”

Must-Read Fiction: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles Here in the United States, it is sometimes difficult to imagine a life much different than what we have the privilege to live. When we are hungry, we go to the grocery store and can choose to buy whatever fresh fruits or vegetables, fresh meats, ice cream, processedContinue reading “Must-Read Fiction: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles”

How to Find a Great Book

“Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. As by the one, health is preserved, strengthened, and invigorated: by the other, virtue (which is the health of the mind) is kept alive, cherished, and confirmed.” – Joseph Addison One of the most thrilling things in life to me is finding a greatContinue reading “How to Find a Great Book”

The Nightingale: a New Book, a Must-Read

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars   It’s rare to find a book I know IContinue reading “The Nightingale: a New Book, a Must-Read”

11 Favorite Quotes from Classic Literature

 On art and literature: “A great deal has been written about art, but only recently has research begun in earnest about what goes on in the mind and brain when reading literature.” – K. Oatley & M. Dijikic in the New York Times, 12/21/14   One of my annual goals is to read. I findContinue reading “11 Favorite Quotes from Classic Literature”

My 5 Favorite Books of 2014

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. —Frederick Douglass   Given my love of reading and books, I read a lot. Daily, while on the elliptical, in the car pickup line, before bed– and when I’m in the middle of a book I can’t put down, I read and read and walkContinue reading “My 5 Favorite Books of 2014”

Station Eleven, one of my favorite books of 2014

 “She tried to imagine and place herself in that other, shadow life. You walk into a room and flip a switch and the room fills with light. … When you’re in danger, you call for the police. Hot water pours from faucets. Lift a receiver or press a button on a telephone, and you canContinue reading “Station Eleven, one of my favorite books of 2014”