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Are You My Mother?

Not the classic children’s book, this graphic novel by Alison Bechdel is my 32nd book for the year and in the end a satisfying read. A swirling, complicated, deeply involved memoir about Alison’s relationship with her mother, this is also a book about the process of writing, the process of psychoanalysis, and the value of… Continue reading Are You My Mother?


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Stepping Stones: Memoir of a Life Together

My 30th book of the year is one I gave my wife as a Valentine’s Day gift in 2013 and only now got around to reading myself.  It is a memoir written jointly by Alice and Staughton Lynd about their involvement in communities promoting peace and justice over the past roughly 60 years.  From involvement… Continue reading Stepping Stones: Memoir of a Life Together

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What can we learn from LBJ?

For whatever reason I find former President Lyndon Johnson fascinating.  I’ve read a few articles about him as a person and a president and some or all of a few biographies (including Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream by Doris Kearns Goodwin).  But my favorite reading about this deeply complex man has been the multi-volume… Continue reading What can we learn from LBJ?