My Ardent Ardor of Books

It’s not hyperbole to state that I adore books. Libraries, and bookstores, especially independent bookstores, feel akin to church. By that, I mean, when I walk into a library or a bookstore, I feel as if I am entering holy space. I love being surrounding by all the language, imagery, craft, devotion, and quiet perseverance toward knowledge, understanding, and connection that books contain.

Center for Children's Books

Some years ago, I owned a children’s bookstore. Second to being a mythologist, it was one of the most exciting, delightful, and enriching jobs I’ve done. Every time I unlocked the door to my shop and stepped inside, I felt that I was blessed to be in a magical place where the wonder of books was being introduced and celebrated with kids. What a joy.

Here is where I share my thoughts on, and critique or evaluation of books I’ve read. It’s also where I may share my disagreement with an author’s perspectives or opinions in a a specific book. The subjects will be broad, just as my interests are.  You might just find reviews of children’s literature here as well!

Book Reviews:

Inflamed from the inside out: Grain Brain

Inflammation. We are living as inflamed beings: geo-physically and politically, as well as emotionally and mentally at times. I’ve been thinking about inflammation for quite a while now.  Pondering it from psychological, mythological, and socio-cultural perspectives. And, I been investigating how my own physical self … continue reading »

The Somber Allure of Wicked Plants

Aconite. Nightshade. Kudzu. Stinging Nettles. Voodoo Lily. Water Hyacinth.

The plants mentioned above are a few of the ones Amy Stewart delightedly and engagingly writes about in her book, Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities. She writes to inform … continue reading »

Voices of Women Among the Winged Ones

Terry Tempest Williams’ When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice is a beautiful, lyrical book that wends it’s way through several intertwined themes: silence and speech; the Utah wilderness versus nuclear bomb testing; the absence and presence of her mother;  the choice to keep … continue reading »