Finished: 4/10/22

Grade: A

In this poetic memoir Annie Dillard recounts her childhood, growing up in an affluent Pittsburgh household in the 1950’s.

Dillard makes an impressionist painting of her youth, and sends you drifting down a river of feelings and images to vivid that you can’t help but experience them along with her.


Finished: ???

Grade: A+

Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a broad strokes journey through the history of humankind. He shows us, in clear and entertaining language, how the humble homo-sapiens went from just another cog in the evolutionary system, to being one of the primary engineers of that system.

Did you know that homo-sapiens was just one of many species of humans roaming the earth? Do you realize what a large role collective imagination played in the course of human history? What is it that defines how successful a species is anyway?

Harari presents the familiar historical milestones of human history in a new and revealing light that will change the way you see the world.

Finished: 1/30/22

Grade: A

In this short book of semi-autobiographical semi-connected semi-stories, the semi-seminal beat poet Richard Brautigan does something that few of his contemporaries could manage: he is genuinely very funny on purpose.

There is a lot of poetry in this book. And deconstruction of forms. But mostly it’s just chock-a-block with weird jokes. It’s 60’s flavor reminds me of Sgt. Pepper era Beatles. psychedelic and playful but with plenty of artistry to back it up.

Brautigan pulls at the novel’s seams just enough to make it wobble, but not so much that the whole thing unravels into mush.

Really fun!