"(This) book is a wonderful and moving testimony to the strength and power of women as individuals and as sisters, to change themselves and their worlds."
Marita Golden, author of After, Migrations of the Heart: An Autobiography, and Saving Our Sons: Raising Black Children in a Turbulent World.
"Barbara Morrison writes with insight and compassion about her plummet into poverty and her climb back up. The memoir is a story for now."
Carol Brennan, author of Headhunt, In the Dark, and Full Commission.
"Ms. Morrison eloquently refutes the notion that there is a 'typical' welfare recipient."
Mark Vidor, Assistant Director for Family Services, Department of Human Resources, Baltimore County Department of Social Services
I tried (and failed) to limit my list to ten. Click on the link to go to the full blog post.
This astounding novel is the story of Thomas Sutpen, a man who came out of the West Virginia mountains with nothing to his name, arriving in Yoknapatawpha County in 1833 to build a fortune and carve out a plantation, expecting to found a dynasty. We learn about him…Continue
Memory certainly works in mysterious ways. I was reading _Abide with Me_, by Elizabeth Strout, author of one of my favorite books, _Alice Kitteridge_. _Abide with Me_ follows Tyler Caskey, the minister of the small, New England town of West Arnett in the winter of 1959. Burdened with grief, he lives with his young daughter, Katherine, in a farmhouse a little ways outside of town while his younger daughter, Jeanne, lives with his mother in the nearby town of Shirley…Continue
I recently started a novel with a lovely and intriguing cover, an interesting title, and glowing blurbs. Before I'd read even twenty pages, though, we were on our third time period and third set of characters. Maybe my attention span has gotten shorter, but that just required too much up-front work from me, and I discarded the book without going further.
I think this is one reason why I like mysteries: they stay closer to the classical unities than most novels. There is one main…
This memoir recounts Dubus's life growing up poor in the 1970s in Haverill, an impoverished mill town on the Merrimack River, an environment I'm very familiar with from my years in Worcester. Dubus's father, a writer and professor at Bradford College across the river, left the family when Andre was 11. Burdened with the responsibility he's undertaken to protect his two sisters and younger brother while their embattled mother works to support the family, Andre struggles with what he believes…Continue
Ordered by my doctor to take a day off and do nothing—best medical advice I’ve ever received!—I plunged into this book, the first of a series of four books about the Cazalet family. Like Upstairs, Downstairs, and apparently also televised by NPR though I missed it, the Cazalet Chronicle follows the members of a large family and their servants in and around the Home Place where William and Kitty collect their grown sons and their families during the summer…Continue