Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Courting Justice: Gay Men and Lesbians v. the Supreme Court

Courting Justice: Gay Men and Lesbians v. the Supreme Court  by Joyce Murdoch and Deb Price
2002
Weight: 3 lbs
Method of Disposal: Giving to Tracy


I loved this book.  I learned so much, and I gained so much inspiration.  I felt lucky to have so many strong, intelligent, and brave people fighting the good fight before me.  My heart also broke to hear about the crushed dreams and destroyed lives of so many amazing gay and lesbian folks throughout history.  I would really like to get my hands on an updated edition.  I know Tracy will love it and so am passing it on to her. 

In the meantime, I am naming all the cats at work after all the incredible LGBTQI activists I now know about.  While silly, I kinda hope people see the names, Google them, and get inspired too!

Monday, October 16, 2017

It's Fine By Me

It's Fine By Me by Per Petterson
2013
Weight: 7.8 oz
Method of Disposal: Lending Library


This is one of my Dollar Store buys.  I bought it on a whim.  I am not sure what attracted me to it.  I wonder if I would have enjoyed it more if I had read another one of his books about Arvid Jansen or if I was able to read it in the original language.  Per Petterson (great name!) is a Norwegian author.  This book kind of reminded me of Catcher in the Rye, which I do not like.  It was a coming of age story and centered on a confused and conflicted teenage boy trying to figure out who he is in the context of the world.  It was not my thing, but I think it will be someones.  I hope it finds a better home.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Reaching for the Stars

Reaching for the Stars: The Inspiring Story of a Migrant Farmworker Turned Astronaut
José Hernández
2012
Weight: 1 lb
Method of Disposal: Lending Library


I dream of space and of one day traveling there.  Or, at least, I thought I did, but now I know mine was a lazy dream.  José showed me what dreaming of space really looks like, and it looks like a lot of hard work and natural intelligence.  I was telling someone about his story tonight, and they stopped me to ask if it was a fictional story.  It is not.  It is incredible.

The story of José is amazing, though this book is not.  I am not too keen on his writing, but I am okay with that.  He is good at everything else.  It wouldn't be fair if he was a master author too!  I am very interested to hear what he will do next after his most recent attempt at politics.  I am sure he will continue to do great things.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

How Can I Help?

How Can I Help? How to Support Someone Who Is Grieving
1999
Weight: 8 oz
Method of Disposal: Taking to Lending Library


I originally purchased this book when I was working at Barnes and Noble and one of my coworkers lost a parent and, seemingly, her mind.  I wanted to help even though we were not friends.  My heart broke for her.  Then, my best friend lost her fiance.  Unfortunately, since then, I have needed to pick it up many many more times.  You can tell by how well read (read worn) it is. 

It is a basic but worthwhile book that gives some really good, easy-to-follow, and solid advice.  It has some great reminders on what NOT to do, which I sometimes find even more helpful than what to do.  It encourages you to speak from your heart but to be sure you keep your focus on the grieving person and that, in their most painful moments, you do not bring too much attention to yourself or demean/belittle the feelings of the person grieving.  I recommend this book if you are looking for a way to be helpful after loss.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Romantic Fiction

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
2012

See Me by Nicholas Sparks
2015

Weight: 1 lb
Method of Disposal: Lending Library in Tucker


I believe these came to me via my grandmother.  I am not big on romance or romantic fiction.  I am going to give these away without reading them--that is hard for me, but I have so many others to read that I enjoy and so little time after work. I do, however, like the idea of my grandmother liking romance novels...