In the Presence of Fear by Wendell Berry
Three short essays, written after 9/11, about our outlook as a country, our economic system, our values, how political/social movements work (or don’t). You can read the title essay for free right here. It was good, and we agree on a lot of things, but it wasn’t really paradigm-changing for me. But it is a thoughtful book.
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia Butler, Damian Duffy, and John Jennings
I love Kindred (reviewed here), and I love Octavia Butler. So when I saw this at my local library, I was like, sounds good, I will give this a shot. It’s a decent version of the story but I have to say nothing really compares to the original. Some of the art is quite effective and affecting, but I missed the real immersion that comes in a story when it takes long to read and the author can fill you in on their own details.
for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange
I bought this when I was in high school after hearing good things about it, but it had been like…15 years…? And I hadn’t read it yet. So I was going to give it to a thrift store, but then I started the first couple of pages and realized how quickly it would go. Although it is a play, and I don’t really like reading plays, it worked well as poetry (which is I guess what it started as).
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
Beautiful writing, beautiful book. It’s about growing up female (like childhood to adolescence) in Brooklyn, and how hard that can be, and the things friendship can and can’t do. This is probably my favorite book on this list. It’s a very quick read–I think I may have even read it in one sitting, but in any case I definitely read it in one evening. It’s a book that deserves a reread.
Harry Potter & the Cursed Child by some randos
Can we…actually just forget I ever read this? Great, let’s.
The Nonviolence Handbook by Michael Nagler
A friend gave me this book. It’s pretty short, and I guess it has some good insights, but it’s not really my thing. It’s a lot of focus on Gandhi and didn’t really move me toward action in any way. It’s called a “handbook” for “practical action” but…failed to deliver on that (for me). I’ve been exposed to a lot of similar things, and this one was just really low impact to me, probably because he’s not exactly saying anything new or interesting.
Candy Corn Crime by Grace Lemon
I picked this up as Halloween reading. It was a really short cozy mystery. The title and cover led me to believe that this may have been one of the mysteries that have recipes in them. Alas, it was not, but I googled recipes for candy corn fudge and ended up making this one anyway. The fudge was good, the book was…okay.