Ceremony by Leslie Silko is a 1970s classic of Native American literature, a slow but powerful read. Tayo returns home to the Laguna Pueblo reservation from World War II suffering from PTSD and attempts to cure himself by reconnecting with the traditional ceremonies of his people. This lovely cover is for the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition.
This week I'm recommending Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins, which is a bit of a dystopia and a bit of a post-apocalypse and a bit of magical realism and is the latest book I've read set in the American Southwest. In the near future, drought has rendered the Southwestern United States nearly uninhabitable. A mountain-high sea dune … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Gold Fame Citrus
This week I'm recommending Lost Canyon by Nina Revoyr. This was the latest in my kick of reading fiction set in the Southwest. Indeed, I only picked it up because I thought it was set in Nevada (it's actually set in the Sierra Nevada mountains). I could definitely keep on with this theme until I run out of … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Lost Canyon
This week I'm recommending The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi. It's a thriller wrapped up in a dystopia, a realistic and frightening vision of the havoc climate change might wreak on the American Southwest. In the near future, climate change has brought about drought and constant dust storms in the Southwest, resulting in the collapse of several … Continue reading Recommended Reading: The Water Knife
This year, I've decided to post snippets from my ongoing reading journal that aren't full reviews, just thoughts about what I'm reading and what I want to read. This will possibly be terribly dull; I'll let you decide. Here's what I've been reading since the start of the year -- a lot of short books! … Continue reading Reading journal: Ringing in 2016