Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Read: February 2018

Rating: Why posthumously publish an ideologically dated, clearly unfinished manuscript in need of another draft (or two)? Two words: cash grab.

Same-premise-better-book Recommendation: “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett


“The white man’s god is just like the white man. He thinks he is the only god, just like the white man thinks he is the only man. But the only reason he is god instead of Nyame or Chukwu or whoever is because we let him be. We do not fight him. We do not even question him. The white man told us he was the way, and we said yes, but when has the white man ever told us something was good for us and that thing was really good? They say you are an African witch, and so what? So what? Who told them what a witch was?”

-Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Read: February 2018

Rating: I’m going to be thinking about this book for a long time

If-you-like-this Recommendation: “Love Medicine” by Louise Erdrich


Photo Dump: There and Back Again

Photos from Carissa’s and I’s whirlwind trip around Zambia, Botswana, and Zambia again. From 12/25/17-1/15/18. Photos selected and captioned by Carissa.


“‘It’s our own fault,’ he wept. ‘We are the Guardians of the Ocean, and we didn’t guard it. Look at the Ocean, look at it! The oldest stories ever made, and look at them now. We let them rot, we abandoned them, long before this poisoning. We lost touch with our beginnings, with our roots, our Wellspring, our Source. Boring, we said, not in demand, surplus to requirements. And now, look, just look! No colour, no life, no nothing. Spoilt!”

-Salman Rushdie, Haroun and the Sea of Stories

One Second After by William R. Forstchen

Read: February 2018

Rating: In On Writing, Stephen King says we should read poorly-written books to better develop our own writing style, which is why I finished this book.

Same-premise-better-book Recommendation: “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy