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Recommended Reads

Instead of a full list of 95books this year, at just past the halfway mark, those that I was swept up into most, in no particular order.

Novels

  1. The Ruby Dice by Catherine Asaro (Baen, 2008): Part of her series set in a universe of 3 intergalactic empires, this where the Ruby Empire’s Kelric and Eubian Concord’s Jabriol are mincing around war.
  2. Undercity (Major Bhaajan #1) by Catherine Asaro (Baen, 2014): A tough lady P..I. who comes from the underclass and works among the royals. Lack of respect is mutual but they have to work on that to work.
  3. The Last Hawk by Catherine Asaro (Tor, 1998): The missing years of Kelric he never spoke of, when he was a slave inside a matriarchal society.
  4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1978, audio): A third re-read of this. His sequels don’t equal it.
  5. Fall in One Day by Craig Terlson (Blue Moon, 2017): A coming of age story where a young man realizes that no one will help his friend kidnapped by his unwell father. So he’s gotta.
  6. The Night they came for Til by Rebekah Lee Jenkins (Self-published, 2017): This is set in the horse-carriage era talking about women who believe in birth control for all and for abortion. The relationship she has with her assigned guard is refreshingly healthy-respectful.
  7. My Love Story in Broken English: A Novel by Ainalem Tebeje (Baico, 2018): You can hear a 4-part interview with her on Third World Players. I have Baico gets a reach with this because it has the feeling of a fable mixed with refugee issues. Her book talk at Arts Night  I broke the record in terms of turn out.
  8. No Longer at Ease by China Achebe (Heinemann, 1960): A classic of a man learning the ropes inside the corrupted Nigerian civil service.

Memoir

  1. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (Penguin, 2016): Compelling look into South Africa, and it’s funny when you least expect it. But you probably already read it years ago.
  2. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius trans by Gregory Hays (Modern Library, 170AD, 2003): This stands the test of time. It is now a heavily marked up copy.

Haiku

  1. The Deep End of the Sky by Chad Lee Robinson (Turtle Press, 2015): This won some awards and rightly so. Not a word out of place in prairie farmland.
  2. Before Music: haiku by Philip Rowland (Red Moon Press, 2012): Really tight haiku, not sentimental blaséing.
  3. One Window’s Light, ed by Lenard D Moore (Unicorn, 2017): with poems by L Teresa Church, Lenard D. Moore, Chrystal Simone Smith, Sheila Smith McKay and Gideon Young. If you think haiku is traipsing about chasing butterflies and stage whispering about leaves to drown out the real world, this is curative.
  4. Apology Moon: Haiku by Cherie Hunter Day (Red Moon Press, 2013)
  5. A Thousand Years: The Haiku and Love letters of Chiyo-ni  by Marco Fraticelli (Catkin press, 2018): Stands out as an enjoyable read of a too often overlooked classical poet.

Non-fiction

  1. Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery (Simon & Schuster, 2015): This was a touching story of lives of aquarium individuals. It could have been expanded to be much longer and still engage.
  2. Runaway Wives and Rogue Feminists by Margo Goodhand (Fernwood, 2017): This should be basic high school reading. All these woman led woman’s rights and shelters and I have never herd of them. The old way just decades ago where of course women are chattel and can be hit with impunity isn’t long ago.
  3. Lost Boy by Brent W. Jeffs with Maia Szalavitz (Broadway Books, 2009): What happens in the Utah among the power-hungry Morman spin off group where girls are valued and boys are disposable competition. Wild ride.
  4. The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young (F&F, 2017): This is a lovely walk in the head of a British farmer reflecting on 40 years of outstanding individuals. Also pigs and chickens make appearances.
  5. Astana: Architecture, Myth & Destiny by Frank Also (Vidacom, 2017): What do you know about Kazakistan? This brought me from zero to wow. Such a complex history and interesting leader devoted to making a utopia of environmental sustainability and equality.
  6. Portraits of the North by Gerald Kuehl (Vidacom, 2017): One page has a drawing and the facing page their oral account of a life story. Elders from across Canada speak, and it is enlightening.

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