Children's & Middle Grade · Sci-Fi

Recapping the I Was a Sixth Grade Alien series by Bruce Coville

Bruce Coville was, in the 1990s, a leading member of the kids’ scifi and fantasy pantheon. He probably still is, there’s a lot of YA and middle grade these days but seems like not as much for the younger kids. The I Was a Sixth Grade Alien series isn’t his best in terms of quality, but I…… Continue reading Recapping the I Was a Sixth Grade Alien series by Bruce Coville

History · Nonfiction · Queer

White Lesbians on Race: Lillian Smith vs. Mab Segrest

Over the summer, I read several sets of books around the theme of Gender and Sexuality in the South as a directed readings course. The first pair were both specifically about feminist and queer theory, discussed here. This second pair — Killers of the Dream by Lillian Smith (1949/revised 1961) and Memoirs of a Race Traitor by Mab Segrest…… Continue reading White Lesbians on Race: Lillian Smith vs. Mab Segrest

History · Other Stuff · Queer

Thoughts on “Art AIDS America”

I know I just said I don’t usually post about art exhibits, but this one’s really everything I’m interested in and it’s timely. Art AIDS America explores American art in the wake of AIDS, encompassing a wide variety of artists and media. I visited at the end of April while the show was at the Zuckerman Museum…… Continue reading Thoughts on “Art AIDS America”

Children's & Middle Grade · History · Other Stuff

Museum Visit: Wren’s Nest (Atlanta, GA)

The Wren’s Nest is one of Atlanta’s historic attractions — the house of Joel Chandler Harris, author of the Uncle Remus stories! I visited over Christmas break and was very impressed indeed. (Apologies for the bad Kindle pics, it’s dark in there!) Wren’s Nest promotional materials emphasize that while Uncle Remus can be a racist symbol in…… Continue reading Museum Visit: Wren’s Nest (Atlanta, GA)

Adult Fiction

#LazyLambs Book Club: The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow

Book club is back! We’ve moved from the Deep South to the Pacific Northwest for this discussion, with The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow. This debut novel tells the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy. With her…… Continue reading #LazyLambs Book Club: The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow

History · Nonfiction

Semester Review: Historiography Book List

I went back and forth on doing a semester review for last fall. Two of the classes (Museum Administration and History of American Architecture) would be difficult to sum up and not terribly helpful for anyone else. I have had people ask me for grad school book recommendations though, so I finally decided to just…… Continue reading Semester Review: Historiography Book List

History · Other Stuff · Queer

Museum Visit: Center for Civil and Human Rights (Atlanta, GA)

Back in old-timey days — ie over Thanksgiving break — some friends and I paid a visit to the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s a pretty new attraction, and it’s been on my list to visit since it opened in 2014. (We were told in the lobby that it’s “Not a…… Continue reading Museum Visit: Center for Civil and Human Rights (Atlanta, GA)

Adult Fiction · Queer

#LazyLambs Book Club: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

This time around, Lazy Lambs Book Club decided to take a break from the Christopher Moore books we’d chosen before and read Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. Here’s the description: Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is the now-classic novel of two women…… Continue reading #LazyLambs Book Club: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

Comics · Fantasy · Queer

A to Z: Elfquest

Behold, Elfquest, a beautifully drawn comic from Wendy and Richard Pini. It’s been ongoing since 1978! It’s sort of a D&D-esque thing with a central tribe of elves, outcast by the humans. Lots and lots of arcs, but I’m told it’s heading toward a completion — a beginning, middle, and end, all planned from the…… Continue reading A to Z: Elfquest

YA

Reblog: Banned Book Week: To Kill a Mockingbird

Originally posted on Eclectic Alli:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee I still remember reading this book as an 8th grader.  I think it was one of the first books for school that we actually bought.  An avid reader by that point, I always loved when I got to read actual books for school. Like…