This Broad’s Life – Literary Ladies suggestions

Jezebel just started a video series ‘in which Hillary Crosley Coker trails interesting and kick-ass women as they navigate this thing called life.’ The first guest was trans activist, author, and the all around awesome Janet Mock (fun fact: I walked in the SF Pride Parade last year and she was the Grand Marshal).

So I was thinking which bookish broads would I like to see interviewed. This list is just the beginning so blow up the comments section with others you’d like to see as well.

*Roxane Gay – It’s no secret that I love her. So a whole interview? Bring it on.
*Toni Morrison – This feels like a gimme. Of course Hillary should interview TMo.
*Mallory Ortberg- She’s hilarious and talented and does amazing commentary with classic paintings featuring the ladies.
*Kelley Sue DeConnick – Comics count too! KS is a freaking powerhouse and is making awesome things happen with comics like most recently Bitch Planet.
*G.Willow Wilson- We can’t leave her out. It’s not fucking allowed. Not only a great novel writer (Alif the Unseen) she also writes the Ms. Marvel comics.
*Jennifer Weiner – Genre always gets left out. JW is a champion for the ladies getting love in literary circles and not only writes some great books, but also has on point The Bachelor live tweeting skills .
*Seanan McGuire – I just love what this lady does. She just helped kickstart Queers Destroy Science Fiction and writes in a variety of genres.
*Jacqueline Woodson – Just won so many awards for Brown Girl Dreaming which might have changed my mind about poetry.

Who else would you add?

Harper Lee!

Guys I know. I know. I promised I’d do better and I’ve already failed you. I’m not done though. I’m just reworking some ideas. Doing a post for all the #readharder tasks wasn’t really working for me. I am not a book review site and it was starting to feel that way. I’m rethinking how I want to do that. I also am toying with branching out from just writing about books to other awesome geeky stuff I like. Still working the angles.

In better news, I’m sure you’ve already heard the squee worthy Harper Lee news. I’m optimistic with reservations (which is coincidently my new band name). I’ll read it, of course. I am just scared of what kind of expectations comes from such an epic announcement.

2015 is setting up to be pretty great in books. We get a new Millennium (which I can never spell right the first time) book, a Harper Lee, and a Toni Morrison. I like saying it like that. It sounds like instead of their books, we’re all actually going to get the authors themselves. There are some genre authors who put a book out around the same time each year that I’m also looking forward to, but it’s not really the same, right? We take those for granted. It’s these authors who write sparingly so we must savor each bite. No matter the quality of the Harper Lee book, it’s doubtful we’re going to get any more after that. Toni Morrison is older so we probably don’t have many more from her in the future and Stieg Larsson is no longer with us so the rest of the Millennium books in theory aren’t even what he would have given us.

Are you going to reread To Kill a Mockingbird to get ready? Who would you like to see a new book from right now?

 

Task #2 A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65: Home

Home is my second Toni Morrison book (the first was Beloved) and I really loved it. I didn’t realize how short it was until I started reading it. It was so smooth to read that I finished in one sitting. I kind of wish I would have taken more time with it now, but it was so easy to turn the next page. I read Beloved in 2013 and while it was interesting, it didn’t go on my favorites list. Reading Home makes me continue reading more Morrison. I have The Bluest Eye, Sula, and Paradise so I’m sure I’ll be doing those later. Then of course there’s the new one coming out this year.

Home also is my second diverse book of the year (the first was Pissing in the River about a punk rocker who happens to be lesbian). I’m doing a few rereads that I’m not really going to talk about on here, but as far as my first time reads, I’m 2 for 2 for diversity. That makes me super happy.

It’s hard to talk about Home without giving away a lot. It is complex in spite of the short length of it. Could Morrison given even more depth to the story and her characters? Probably, but Home doesn’t need it. The adage short and sweet is the closest I can come to describing the story except the story really isn’t sweet.

Have you read Home? If you’re doing the #readharder challenge, have you finished any tasks yet? What are you working on?