Quotes

 

Thane Rosenbaum:

I can’t imagine how anyone could “live well” knowing that someone got away with causing great injury and not having paid the price for that.  It requires something that is almost inhuman to put something behind you, knowing full well that you have been devalued and that somebody has treated you with such harshness and has not been paid back commensurate with that act.

 

Books

 

Dara Culhane Speck wrote An Error In Judgement.  This account of the events following a needless death in Alert Bay is an admirable attempt to deal with the mindbogglingly complex issues of medical care, autonomy, colonialism, racism, and so much more.

 

I struggled with liking Rachel Aaron’s The Spirit Thief.  Sometimes the writing was delightful and the story moved along, and other times it felt sluggish and obtuse. I don’t plan to read the sequels.

 

Switch is a great book about how to make changes in nearly any circumstance. The Heath brothers address the emotional side, the rational side, and the situation, with many ideas for each combination. A broad range of examples are given. Recommended!

 

Ishmael Beah’s account of growing up in Sierra Leone is heartbreaking. His tales of hiding, war, killing, drugs, despair, and recovery are clear yet difficult to accept. A Long Way Gone is worth reading.

 

Moria Katson’s Light and Shadow is great YA adventure, with strong female characters and some twists that I didn’t see coming. Recommended.

 

There are many male-authored books with a female protagonist which work, but The Water Rat of Wanchai didn’t work for me. I never believed in Ava as a person; she was very one-dimensional.