Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

This book was described to me as being a kind of memoir about how Nelson’s body changed with pregnancy while her partner Harry’s body changed as he started taking testosterone and had surgery. It is, and it isn’t. This aspect … Continue reading

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Human Acts by Han Kang

Translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith. Human Acts tells the story of the 1980 Gwangju uprising and massacre in South Korea. It’s a book about the trauma of what happened, of being silenced, of the aftermath, and about resistance, … Continue reading

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

I rarely buy new releases because I don’t like hardbacks, or reading in the midst of hype, but I couldn’t resist this one. And it’s true what everyone’s saying – it’s a book that actually does live up to the … Continue reading

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Best books of 2016

2016 was an odd reading year for me. I read 59 books, which is roughly average for me, maybe slightly below, but I seemed to read a lot of ‘okay’ books but not as many great ones. For some reason … Continue reading

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December reads 2016

Grief is the Thing with the Feathers by Max Porter (poetry/novel) Not really a poetry collection or a novel, but more something in between – it is a novel fragmented as life is fragmented by grief. It doesn’t always make … Continue reading

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