Book Seven 2012: Townie by Andre Dubus III

Townie by Andre Dubus III is the kind of book you can’t help thinking about when you aren’t reading it.  You live in its scenes while you are eating dinner with your kids or riding in the car, thinking about the narrator, wondering what is going to happen next, considering the plot development and theContinue reading “Book Seven 2012: Townie by Andre Dubus III”

Book 6, 2012: Beautiful and Pointless by David Orr

I just finished Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry by David Orr, and now I am sad.  It isn’t often that I come across a person who cares so much about poetry but is equally as honest about the state of contemporary poetry, and that willingness to illuminate the reality of modern poetry andContinue reading “Book 6, 2012: Beautiful and Pointless by David Orr”

Books 4 & 5, 2012: A Double Life and Bring Down the Little Birds

In the quiet hours after my children fall asleep, after the whining and the bickering, after the requests for snacks and meals and drinks and games and puzzles and cars and hold me and carry me and tuck me in and sing me a song and just one more song, after all of that, IContinue reading “Books 4 & 5, 2012: A Double Life and Bring Down the Little Birds”

Book Three 2012: Pitch by Todd Boss

So, I finished another book toward my thirtieth year goal to read ten books, A Double Life by Lisa Catherine Harper, but I just started Bring Down the Little Birds by Carmen Gimenez Smith, and I think it’ll be fun to blog about those two together, since they are both on mothering.  Instead, let meContinue reading “Book Three 2012: Pitch by Todd Boss”

Book Two 2012 – Celebration of Discipline

Our small group worked through Richard J. Foster’s Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth the first few months of 2012.  In an effort to put spiritual disciplines into practice, our group spent a week on each chapter trying out the Inward Disciplines: Meditation, Prayer, Fasting, and Study, and the Outward Disciplines: Simplicity, Solitude,Continue reading “Book Two 2012 – Celebration of Discipline”

Book One – Best Spiritual Writing 2012

Well, I finally finished a book.  It took me a while, mostly because I’ve been a lazy reader, but also because this fine book was just thick with the stuff that gets you thinking.  The Best Spiritual Writing 2012 is a diverse and stimulating collection that includes both poetry and essay, work about wonder andContinue reading “Book One – Best Spiritual Writing 2012”

My 30th Year: Read Ten Books

I’ve been thinking about my thirtieth year list and looking at the growing stack of books I’d like to read in 2012. Rather than get discouraged, I’ve decided to identify ten books I plan to read in 2012. When I finish one, I think I’ll try my hand at reviewing it on here. In some ways,Continue reading “My 30th Year: Read Ten Books”