Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Autobiography, biography/memoir focus:

This is How You Say Goodbye by Victoria Loustalot Three Worms
Memoir begins strongly but slowly unravels into choppy thoughts. Odd that only one person’s full name was used in the entire book, besides the author. There are some good sections and beautiful descriptions during personal exploration. I cried when I read, [sic] “in his mind he had been dead a long time. He was just waiting for his heart to catch up.” Page 111.

The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo by Kent Nurburn Three Worms
Fairly sensitive memoir about a caucasian man’s relationship with Native Americans. Sadly, some segments were patronizing. Good explanation regarding the horrors of Indian boarding schools and the residual PTSD in Indigenous First Nation communities.

Prison Baby by Deborah Jiang Stein Two and a Half Worms
A lot of excellent writing which then fades into obscurity. Lacked continuity of the timeline and more recent details. No exploration of her father or father of her children. It would have been nice if she included some of her poetry.

Birdseye by Mark Kurlansky Two and a Half Worms
Sparse biography with too much foreshadowing. Better explanation of his inventions in lay-person terms needed with more detail of how their design affects current society. Native people climbed the mountains long before Europeans arrived on the continent. The bibliography and index shows how intensely the research was conducted.

Perhaps I ought to stay with fiction.
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