Wednesday, December 12, 2012


This week I reviewed Culture Rebel: Because the World Has Enough Desperate Housewives, by Connie Jakab, for the Englewood Review of Books. You can read my review here.

Also, in case you missed it, back in October I reviewed Does this Church Make Me Look Fat? by Rhoda Janzen. I have been a fan of Janzen's writing since I read her first work of creative nonfiction, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, and she teaches at my alma mater, Hope College. I hope you'll check out that review, also.

I've been looking at my creative nonfiction shelf (which won't be a single shelf much longer) and contemplating teaching a course on women and memoir in the future. I know who my "must read" authors are, but I want to hear yours. Who are your favorite nonfiction writers? Who would you want to have students read in such a course, and why?

Leave a comment below. And support women writers, because it's a crazy world out there.

1 comment:

  1. Annie Dillard, Anne Lamott, Kathleen Norris... These are my "big 3." I know they're all pretty famous and "obvious" by now, but I truly am not sure I would have survived this long without them. Some others who have lit my way: Lorene Cary ("Black Ice" is a memoir I read in HS, still haunts me) Barbara Brown Taylor, Barbara Kingsolver (though it is her fiction that made her famous, she has some lovely and less over-wrought non-fic), Rachel Held Evans, Karen Armstrong's "The Spiral Staircase" (her memoir of epilepsy and depression, and her spiritual journey. Stunning!) Sue Monk Kidd, Maya Angelou... Jeanette Wall's "The Glass Castle", and Mary Karr's "The Liar's Club" are two that I haven't read, but should definitely be on your list. Okay, I MUST get back to work, but you've awoken the librarian in me, and now I fear leaving this comment and having some gross oversight!