Editors' Picks

See the reviews our editors have chosen this month:

Rethinking Possible   

 Rethinking Possible

"Everything happens for a reason." Ugh! I've often thought I would create a book of myths and this one would be the first one I attack. The second would be, "God doesn't give you more than you can handle." I've heard them all, dozens of times in dozens of circumstances from Forest's death, to Matthew's seizures, to Madison's autism, to my divorce, to my paralysis." more...
This is How it Begins   

 This is How it Begins

As a Californian, it is hard for me to imagine twelve teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area getting fired because of their sexual preference. It doesn't make sense, yet the part of my brain lurking beneath my beliefs knows it could happen. Especially now. more...
Watching Their Dance   

 Watching Their Dance

This memoir is a compelling story of love, of enormous stress, and of coping. As a young woman, Therese Crutcher-Marin weaves herself into the fabric of the Marin siblings, so different from her own family. Getting tangled in the fibers of Marin lives, she evolves through the paradox of committing without knowing what's ahead. She grows to accept her own obsessive-compulsive nature as perhaps a plus. more...
The Story You Need to Tell   

 The Story You Need to Tell

Sandra Marinella's warmth and understanding come through on every page of her book, The Story You Need to Tell. She has taught in high schools, and presented workshops to veterans, educators, and cancer patients and shares the stories that many needed to tell. more...
The Velveteen Daughter   

 The Velveteen Daughter

Margery Williams Bianco is still revered today as the author of the children's classic, The Velveteen Rabbit; for her artist daughter, Pamela, a child prodigy, fame was more fleeting, and she is today pretty much forgotten. Pamela's father, Francesco, arranged the first exhibit for the pre-teen in Turin, Italy. By the time she was thirteen and her work was featured at a gallery in London, the girl was a celebrity. more...
Listening For Drums   

 Listening For Drums

Carrie Nelson is a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy) whose father and grandmother served as role models. Her father is an M.D. with a successful medical practice where he is holding a spot for his daughter. Her grandmother is a D.O. with a private practice. From an early age, Carrie learned from her grandmother about the importance of treating the whole body and the integration of complementary therapies, including herbs and osteopathic manipulation. She credits her grandmother with her desire to learn more about these complementary therapies from natural experts, the Blackfeet Indians. more...
Rethinking Possible
This is How it Begins
Watching Their Dance
The Story You Need to Tell
The Velveteen Daughter
Listening For Drums

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Review of the Month


Durations by Carolyn Osborn

Durations, by Carolyn Osborn, is really two books: a memoir of her childhood in Tennessee and move to Texas, and a collection of personal essays. The memoir focuses on young Carolyn navigating life without a mother and the ways war separates families. Osborn describes her family shuffling from state to state and town to town, following her father's army orders until "my father decided we should go back to Tennessee 'for the duration,' a phrase much in use which I translated to 'nobody knows how long.'" While her father is sent to various army bases, Carolyn, her younger brother, and her mother live with relatives when their mother becomes ill and is sent to a state mental hospital. more...

Christine Baleshta    Reviewed by Christine Baleshta
Christine Baleshta is a nature journalist living in Austin, Texas. She is the author of Looking for 527, and her essays have appeared in naturewriting.com, wolftracker.com and Yellowstone Experiences. Her other book reviews can be found at Washington Independent Review of Books. Visit her website.
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