Shopping cart is empty.

Birchbark Blog

Read and Weep/Laugh/Hope

Louise Erdrich - Sunday, February 26, 2017

Owning a bookstore (which actually owns me) doesn't get any better than the advanced reader shelf.  Oh wait, it does get better.  Talking to all of you readers who come in to find the book you will love -- that gets better.  But the advanced reader shelf where the copies to be published are stashed -- it is VERY good.  When Killers of the Flower Moon (available April 18th) came in, I noticed that it was by David Grann who wrote The Lost City of Z.  That made the book promising.  The demi-title "The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI" gave me a start.  I knew about the murders of the oil rich Osage but the connection to the birth of the FBI -- that was a new slant.  Turns out I didn't know much, really, about what happened to Osage people in the early 1920's.  This book, written as detective fiction by a master of the genre, was impossible to put down.  All I can say is get it now and read it now.  I still think about Killers of the Flower Moon and I still see the beautiful faces in the photographs that Grann includes.  Given the political climate in which Tribal Nations are going to be pressed even harder to give up energy resources to greedy corporations, in the light of Standing Rock, of Line 3, and Rick Nolan trying to reverse the sulfide ban and endanger the boundary waters, this book is as timely as it is shocking.  And as distressing as it is compassionately told.  And yet, please let me remind you, this is a read you will not put down.

Shifting gears -- there is Standard Deviation (available May 23rd) by Katherine Heiny.  I hardly ever laugh out loud when I am reading, so I was very surprised to hear laughter in the room.  Yes, it was me, and the book is clever and full of heart and joy and origami.  A couple of perfectly mismatched human beings try to love their heart winning Asberger's son (an origami prodigy) as they try to stay married and deal with a constant barrage of absurd guests. 

Back to extraordinary tragedy -- and unbearable strength.  A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea (now available) is the journey of Doaa Al Zamel (as told to Melissa Fleming).  I can't begin to describe the fury that captured me after reading this book.  It helped me understand what happened in Syria, and put a deeply human face upon one desperate family trying to save one another.  Please read this book and pass it on to others.  Help more people understand why the immorality and cruelty of the Trump administration's Anti Muslim and Anti Immigrant actions are intolerable and shame our country. 


Post a Comment!

Canoe Family

Recent PostsRSS


S.C. Gwynne Beth Dooley photography the most romantic city in the world aquifer Botany monkey in a dryer The Resilient Gardener Empire of the Summer Moon British Navy post holiday reads ependent Zombies Wastepaper thanks Czech Writer Gryphon Press Mohamed's Ghosts Fireworks Anishinabemowin Alice Munro thank you friends post holiday Unnatural Disasters incarnation Education Too Much Happiness support Book Review china Peak Water neighborhood peculiar touches of green and gold euphoria Minneapolis E.L. Doctorow buffalo north dakota Too Loud A Solitude gardens plants solstice, Thomas King Patrick O'Brian Magers and Quinn Islam Women and Trees Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge pilgrims Alan Weisman friends School Gardens Wendy Makoons Geniusz Canada The Game of Silence trees japan anniversary Population customers Catalyst Anton Treuer language revitalization Aubrey/Maturin germany city of books gratitude green Easter Island how good looking you are italy mississippi twins Kate DiCamillo Ice graphix birchbark house series Kabul Afghanistan coyote Native Arts Crushing Books book and dinner club World on the Edge Green Team Keepers of the Trees Louise Greenland 2666 Chickadee Birchbark Books Love The Royal Prussian Library fresh water sweden adventure knowledge The Transition Handbook Pembina Hillary Clinton Tar Sands Minnesota Remarkable Trees cafe closing H2Oil Dartmouth Gail Caldwell Nero The Blue Sky More Remarkable Trees Tree Houses Rare Books local economy Ha Jin bill mckibben Peak Oil france Emily Johnson President Obama devoted customers The Birchbark House Wolf Hall Bill Moyers Journal favorite tree Nemesis Stephen Salisbury Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive Ojibwe Gary Clement Up Late Again Chitra Divakaruni The Ojibwe Keystone XL Makoons Aza health care reform Victory Gardens show your love Guthrie Theater leaves and snow Bohumil Hrabal ptsd State Troopers Small Bookstores as Commons Poetry Vic Glover Video Dogs The Porcupine Year Collective Denial Philip Roth Milkweed Press The Farmer's Daughter The Round House favorite dog cafe Climate Change Interview This Green World ireland Ojibwemowin Roberto Bolano tree books Native People Let's Take the Long Way Home joy National Book Award Brown Dog Hilary Mantel Michael Jackson boarding school Bleak House NACDI:All My Relations Jim Harrison favorite book Mankato Powwow Master Butchers Singing Club Light in August Anishinabe The Wealth of Nature Kenwood Gardens spring William Trevor