Shopping cart is empty.

Birchbark Blog

What Happened?

Louise Erdrich - Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sometimes spring flows by one blossoming tree after the next and then May 18 arrives and my book pile is still here, beside the computer, waiting to be written about before shelved. Hiding in Plain Sight by Nuruddin Farah begins with the loss of an intimately drawn character, and the complex family interactions that proceed quietly in the aftermath.  Although composed of small occurrences, intricate adjustments, the book is riveting in its fidelity to each character's subtle renovation. Euphoria by Lily King is splendidly told. A brilliant, talented, magnetic female anthropologist is coveted by two men, one profane and without conscience, the other possessing too much conscience to be effective.  I read it all in one happily exhausted night. 

The Evil Hours by David J. Morris, a Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is both elegant and profoundly urgent. Morris, a former Marine and war correspondent in Iraq, writes of his own experience, "I came to think of myself as devoted to a sort of Kabbalah, a cult of one whose mission it was to discover what the others had missed, the pattern hidden in the loom, the hand of God . . . "  In the wake of trauma, Morris goes on to observe, this need to make sense of things becomes an obsession. This book does exactly that only in a moving, human, self-revealing way that grounds the reader in the writer's experience, and the dramatically drawn experiences of historical heroes and victims. It taught me something new, and defined for me much that is mysterious about the ever changing labyrinth of traumatic memory.

 

Comments
Angela Jones commented on 23-May-2015 04:20 PM
Why, oh why, did I trip on this blog? My reading list is already longer than I can manage! (That's a good thing, I'm sure.) Looks like there will be some re-ordering to add Hiding in Plain Sight near the top. It may pair well with Ng's Bone.... Thanks for passing these titles along.
Nicola commented on 01-Jun-2015 05:54 PM
Oh yes, Euphoria is fantastic. Loved the opening on the boat on Christmas Eve with the ladies dressed for a party. I thought All My Puny Sorrows was my favourite novel published in 2014 but Euphoria is so good.
Antonio Moreno commented on 01-Jul-2015 04:37 AM
One year ago I had the opportunity to know Birchbark Books, in place. I had discovered "The round house" in Barcelona, Spain, and it was a great experience to be there and to know new authors, books and feelings.
Thank you for your Blog.
Post a Comment!

Canoe Family

Recent PostsRSS


Tags

Let's Take the Long Way Home Michael Jackson favorite tree Pembina President Obama city of books Aubrey/Maturin Bill Moyers Journal friends Tree Houses boarding school Gryphon Press Kate DiCamillo The Round House solstice, Thomas King devoted customers Tar Sands Peak Water Makoons book and dinner club bill mckibben State Troopers Catalyst pilgrims Easter Island Kabul Alice Munro buffalo tree books Native People The Royal Prussian Library Bohumil Hrabal neighborhood Hilary Mantel Native Arts post holiday cafe closing Small Bookstores as Commons William Trevor Victory Gardens sweden Crushing Books NACDI:All My Relations Canada Ice france Jim Harrison favorite dog Kenwood Gardens joy Nero aquifer Mankato Powwow post holiday reads ependent Too Much Happiness Czech Writer Aza twins show your love Too Loud A Solitude British Navy This Green World The Porcupine Year Anishinabe Emily Johnson The Transition Handbook The Blue Sky Philip Roth gratitude Islam Bleak House the most romantic city in the world Light in August trees local economy Nemesis photography E.L. Doctorow customers Louise Wolf Hall Roberto Bolano The Birchbark House Empire of the Summer Moon plants Minnesota china gardens italy Interview spring Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge Alan Weisman Love Climate Change thanks incarnation The Wealth of Nature More Remarkable Trees Rare Books Ha Jin Green Team Gary Clement coyote National Book Award S.C. Gwynne language revitalization leaves and snow adventure Up Late Again The Farmer's Daughter H2Oil Vic Glover euphoria knowledge Video health care reform Keystone XL anniversary Master Butchers Singing Club germany Ojibwe Zombies The Game of Silence The Ojibwe Unnatural Disasters Botany Birchbark Books Population Gail Caldwell Book Review 350.org Guthrie Theater monkey in a dryer Chickadee Hillary Clinton Remarkable Trees Patrick O'Brian Wastepaper School Gardens The Resilient Gardener Dogs cafe green japan ireland thank you friends peculiar touches of green and gold Minneapolis Peak Oil 2666 World on the Edge Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive Wendy Makoons Geniusz Milkweed Press Ojibwemowin Magers and Quinn birchbark house series fresh water Chitra Divakaruni Women and Trees Anishinabemowin mississippi Mohamed's Ghosts Keepers of the Trees Stephen Salisbury favorite book Poetry Anton Treuer north dakota Education Afghanistan support how good looking you are Fireworks Collective Denial ptsd Dartmouth Beth Dooley Greenland Brown Dog graphix

Archive