Tag Archives: America

The Book of Negroes:

Daughter Marjorie read Lawrence Hill’s Book of Negroes and said it would probably be her Book of the Year, even though we are still in March. And yes, I think it is that good. It covers the story of a single African … Continue reading

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Always moving on?

Husband and I, two teenagers, one pre-schooler and one as-yet-unborn. In 1977 we all squeezed into a 1971 VW camper and set off for a coast to coast camping trip from the SF Bay area to New Haven, where we … Continue reading

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God Help the Child:

I have always loved reading books about children or young women in England during WWII. It is my generation, and my story is recognizably part of the world it describes, though less dramatic (I was only 5 when the war in … Continue reading

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The Invention of Wings

My church in California had a relationship with a church in Chiapas in southern Mexico.  The church was thriving. Medical teams from the US visit there. Kids are being fed and educated. Some had got as far as college and … Continue reading

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The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion

Do you know who you are? Do you like who you are? This story begins with a mother, Sookie, who has just organized her last daughter’s wedding and looks forward, exhausted, to sleeping for a year- but at the same time, … Continue reading

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“She cries in English!” said my youngest daughter, then three years old, about a new friend in her pre-school, who may have “cried in English” but otherwise spoke only Japanese at that stage. Many of the children around us spoke … Continue reading

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Reservation Blues. A different world.

Sherman Alexie’s Reservation Blues tells about a foreign world to me, though I have lived in the US for over 40 years. I have known, and taught, Native Americans, but never lived closely enough to be able to know the … Continue reading

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