Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Last week, I finished Men We Reaped, Jesmyn Ward’s memoir about her poor, rural, black southern community, her family, and, most of all, the five young men who died within four years when she was in her mid-20s: her brother, cousin and three friends. Her writing makes you feel like you’re eavesdropping from the corner …

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I started The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne last Saturday afternoon and finished it on Tuesday night—nearly 600 pages! It was that good. Depressing yet comical, deeply drawn protagonist alongside barely sketched caricatures—I want Maude Avery to have her own afternoon talk show!—an endearing journey through 70 years of a gay Irish man’s life …

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Today, let’s remember (and learn more about) our first president, George Washington. He was a leader, not a politician—maybe the only president who truly was a leader, sad to say. Ok, Lincoln had his moments too, I’ll give you that, but Washington was in a class all his own. I found some deals on ebooks …

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