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!

3 comments:

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

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

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

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