The Integrity of the Gypsy People: Zoli by Colum McCann

I fell in love with Zoli, although, at times I thought she and the Gypsy people were too distant. I wanted to understand them better, to understand her better, but she was constantly moving: first with her grandfather as they traveled away from the site where her parents and siblings were brutally killed, and then,… Continue reading The Integrity of the Gypsy People: Zoli by Colum McCann

The Fearless Heart of Carolyn Forché, What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance

I just finished Carolyn Forché's memoir, What You Have Heard Is True. It was brutal. It feels almost shameful to say it was a beautiful memoir because it tells the story of Forché's time in El Salvador before and partly during the civil war there. I’m not sure why I was so surprised by the… Continue reading The Fearless Heart of Carolyn Forché, What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance

Racism, Disability and the Desire for Perfection: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The Poisonwood Bible takes its readers to the Congo/Zaire with its main characters, Nathan and Orleanna Price and their four daughters, Rachel, Leah, Adah, and Ruth May. The Price's are Southern Baptist missionaries from Georgia, who set out in 1959 to enlighten the Congolese by bringing them Jesus. When they arrive to the little village,… Continue reading Racism, Disability and the Desire for Perfection: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Words to Live by: Abraham J. Heschel’s, The Prophets

The Prophets, published in Germany in 1936, was Abraham Heschel’s dissertation. Heschel had the good fortune to live.  We have the good fortune that he did live.  At the end of his career he revised his dissertation, coming full circle to give us perhaps a more expanded view of The Prophets. While The Prophets still… Continue reading Words to Live by: Abraham J. Heschel’s, The Prophets

A Novel About Waking up to Trees: The Overstory by Richard Powers

Oddly, this most wonderful book about trees, The Overstory, is not in the nature section or non-fiction section of your local bookstore; it is in the fiction section. If one book could be in all sections, I guess I'd put it there; since the characters are fictional, and the events, as they relate to the… Continue reading A Novel About Waking up to Trees: The Overstory by Richard Powers