A Boy with No History: A Review of Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese

“When you share stories you change things.”  Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese is a novel that is all about stories. Wagamese takes us to the wilds of British Columbia sometime around the turn of the 21st century, and to an Ojibway family. A 16 year old boy desperately needs to hear his father’s stories, and […]

Light of the World: A Memoir of Loss and Continuing Love

This amazing memoir begins with tragedy—Ficre Ghebreyesus, husband of renowned poet Elizabeth Alexander, dies suddenly of a massive heart attack while on a treadmill at their home just four days after his 50th birthday party.  Although it may be categorized as a “grief memoir,” Light of the World is not a book that dwells solely on the […]

Sequins, Blackjack, and—Yes, Books

Las Vegas is more than showgirls, gambling, and glitz. Who would have “thunk” it? Las Vegans actually read! And now, besides having several used bookstores and more than one location of a big-named retailer, a new and unique independent bookstore, the Writer’s Block, has appeared on the scene. Drew Cohen and Scott Seeley, co-owners, opened […]

Dredging for the Muse

The other night I had one of those dreams that had all the narrative juices going… at some point in the dark warp of early morning it turned lucid, and I scrambled to remember characters, speech patterns, plot. I was certain upon waking I would shove all that meat into a novel. Drinking from the […]