Category: Books I Like

Book review: “Running” by Cara Hoffman

Running by Cara Hoffman My rating: 5 of 5 stars If you aren’t reading Cara Hoffman’s fiction right now, you’re missing out on some important writing. Her vision is demanding. She writes about broken systems (the patriarchy, America itself, and in Running, broken families). Her characters are people who live in the cracks–assault survivors, veterans, … Read More »

March 14: Renee Macalino Rutledge launches THE HOUR OF DAYDREAMS

Join me at Alameda’s Books Inc. to help launch this beautiful debut novel about a reimagined Filipino folktale. I am currently reading it in a swoon over Renee’s beautiful language, and will post a fuller review soon. Suffice to say for now that I am loving how each of her chapters almost stands alone, centered on the mysteries of selfhood, … Read More »

Review: Rediscovering Palestine (aka, adventures in new research sources)

Rediscovering Palestine: Merchants and Peasants in Jabal Nablus, 1700-1900 by Beshara Doumani My rating: 5 of 5 stars You won’t know how fascinated you are by the economy of an ancient city until you start reading Doumani’s engrossing portrait of eighteenth-century Nablus. It’s written with the thorough, poignant eye of a biographer and the tacit … Read More »

Who is Nawal El Saadawi?

One of the great delights of my Arabic classes is encountering Arab writers and activists who are little known in the West. This delight is something akin to discovering cousins on the other side of the world–or, in the case of Nawal El Saadawi, an Egyptian doctor and lifelong activist for women’s medical rights, discovering … Read More »