AltUse for a Book

Daughter put on her jacket. SHRIEK. Me: What? Her: Points. Shiny bug on floor. “That fell out of my jacket! I’m not wearing my jacket! AAAAAHHHHH” I never saw anyone so happy to leave the house and go to school. Me:  gently put scrap of paper on (dead? alive?) bug. Drop book on paper on … More AltUse for a Book

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

“Just one incident.” “Not really worth complaining about.” “It’s just me, isn’t it?” Sadly, there’s almost nothing new in here. Putting it all in one place, though, is really shocking. Solnit talks about ways that men silence women, from talking over them to making htem legal non-persons upon marriage, to ‘mansplaining’, to sexual harassment, to … More Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson

What lovely, lovely prose. About 2 chapters in, I thought the poetry of words sounded familiar, and indeed Kij Johnson wrote this most excellent debut novel: The Fox Woman and this excellent short: Ponies. Opening scene: Women’s college, a student has run off with a boy. But not just any boy, he’s a Dreamer and … More The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson

Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations by Martin Goodman

Starts with the war in the year 70, leading up to Titus and the legion burning down the Temple. Part two covers the Mediterranean region under Roman rule, and the Jewish communities in Jerusalem, Egypt, and other localities. What were communities like, who was head of household, how did they worship, lots of interesting details. … More Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations by Martin Goodman

A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy by Jim Murphy

This book is a little too hard for my 5th grader so we are reading it out loud. We read a few pages a night, complete with side discussions about How Things Were Different Then. The story follows Joseph Martin, 14 year old boy who joined the Patriots to fight the British, ended his stint … More A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy by Jim Murphy