Review: How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

I was excited to receive an advanced review copy of Imbolo Mbue’s newest novel, because I loved her debut novel, Behold the Dreamers.  This novel is very different from that one, and unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it as much.  The story is slow-paced and didn’t have the depth of emotion I saw in Behold the…

Goodbye, Harleycat

This week, we had to say goodbye to our beloved cat, Harley. She lived a good life, and she was part of our family for more than 17 years. She was my first cat, and to me she is everything that is lovely about cats. She was strong, independent, opinionated, loving, and loyal. We found…

Review: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

You’ll have heard of this book because of the awards it won in 2020, including the Booker Prize.  This story of a young boy growing up with an alcoholic mother in 1980s Glasgow is worth the read.  It’s dark, but once I finished it, I missed the characters.  By the time you finish it, Shuggie…

My January Reading Wrap-Up

January was certainly an eventful month.  We went from deeply disturbing to inspiring, and now I’m hopeful we can settle into something that feels a little more like daily life.  My parents are still waiting to receive vaccinations, but I’m hoping that happens soon.  It was a good month for reading, and I’ve gotten off…

Review: Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

I had mixed feelings about this book, which generated a lot of buzz when it came out, but I continue to think about it.  It’s an unusual blend of character-driven horror, something like Station Eleven. It’s a book where not much happens, but it’s still terrifying.  I would have liked it more except that sometimes…

Inauguration Day, 2021

I moved to Washington, DC in September 1996.  I’ll never forget the first time I visited, and how excited and awed I was by the city.  I still am, even though I’ve come to know this region as much more than just the seat of government. It’s not just museums and monuments, but a region that…

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