#BookReview: Under the Feet of Jesus

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“You have an accurate and professional mind.” Under the Feet of Jesus by Helena Maria Viramontes 3.5 stars Pros: Clear snapshot of farming life Complex characters Cons: Not plot-paced, a slower read Less about the teen protagonists (though they serve as main characters) 3.5 stars. I really liked the picture Viramontes gives us of field workers. It's a fascinating and heartbreaking world that I didn't have much exposure to. The words in the novel are all … [Read more...]

Angels Flight Reading

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"Meaningful relationships bring meaning to life." It's nice to live in a city pulsing with culture. Once in a while, I'll pop by a reading. Sometimes they're held in cool places like Clifton's Republic, complete with stuffed animals. (Clifton's is a rebooted historical cafeteria that features woodland decor.) My impetus to go was my friend Siel Ju's newest book, CAKE TIME. Winner of the 2015 Red Hen Press Fiction Award, it officially launches April 6th, but I got a freshly minted … [Read more...]

Sailouh- The Power of Words

Sailouh: children, kids. Sailouh meant "little boy" in ancient China.  King Mouh, the first ruler of the Chou dynasty, introduced his younger brother as sailouh.  (The term subtly shifts to "sailou" when describing one's own younger brother.) Triad gangs use these family terms, with the leader addressed as "Daaihlou" (elder brother) and the man under him known as "Sailou."  Thus, one simple phrase can yield various meanings. It is the power of words that first lured me into reading as a … [Read more...]

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