Thursday, March 7, 2013

Still Here . . .

If you read my other blog, you know that I've been weighed down the last few weeks by my mother's decline toward Hospice care and end-of-life -- compounded by mid-term fatigue. The result has been an absolute loss of will to read anything serious other than that which I have to read for teaching. And I have to admit that the will to write about my reading is even weaker.

I don't, however, want to let go of this blog -- at least not yet. So I'm going to try to pop in occasionally and list what I've been reading. I'm afraid I may already have forgotten some titles, but I'll do my best to catch up. First, the reading I've done for teaching:
Lee Maracle's Ravensong -- an important book, and I was so sad to see that it is out of print, currently at least, and my students had to buy expensive "coursepack" copies of it (on 8.5x11 photocopy/printer paper) from the university bookstore. So relevant still, particularly with the ongoing Idle No More movement. . .
Thomas King's Medicine River. I've probably read this 8 times, taught it 3 or 4, studied it myself, written about it (a chapter in my dissertation) -- Still finding new stuff I love, and I still delight in helping students see the richness within its deceptively simple pages.
Mark Doty's Dog Years. A delightful memoir, if a poignant, sometimes very sad one. Beautifully written, as one would expect from Doty, but also profound on death and illness and memory and place. And pets, bien sûr

I do hope I'll be back soon to list the light reading I've done. But at least I've shown up, and sometimes that's all we can do, right? Just keep showing up . . . Happy Reading!


  1. Just wondering if you've read the latest Kate Atkinson yet?

  2. Tiffany, Just bought it this weekend and am hoping to start it soon. You?

  3. Yup, in about a day and a half! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts when you read it.