This Way for the Gas, Ladies & Gentlemen, by Tadeusz Borowski

My Copy: 9780140186246 (image from bn.com) It's not a long book, but I had to spend some time pondering it, because I'm not certain how to feel. I feel it's importance, and am mystified why it's not better known when it comes to Holocaust-related works. Several of the short stories were indeed published just after … Continue reading This Way for the Gas, Ladies & Gentlemen, by Tadeusz Borowski

Barefoot Gen, vol 6: Writing the Truth, by Keiji Nakazawa

My Copy: 9780867195972 (image from bn.com) Barefoot Gen, volume 6 continues with our plucky and occasionally violent hero, Gen, his friends, and family trying to survive on meager rations and wits even a few years after the Hiroshima bomb dropped. We start with Gen, Ryuta and the kids trying to sell skulls with kanji curses … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 6: Writing the Truth, by Keiji Nakazawa

Barefoot Gen, vol 4: Out of the Ashes, by Keiji Nakazawa

My Copy: 9780867195958 (image from bn.com) It's amazing how far Gen's come as a young boy, and how much farther still to become a good man. This fourth volume of the Barefoot Gen story continues with our hero and his family trying to make ends meet, even as things get stranger and tougher. The Americans … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 4: Out of the Ashes, by Keiji Nakazawa

Barefoot Gen, vol. 3: Life After The Bomb, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)

My Copy: 9780867195941 (image from bn.com) Barefoot Gen, vol. 3 continues with Gen and his mother Kimie still trying to find a place for them away from Hiroshima until thing stabilize. Gen picks up a stray kid, one he'd mistaken for his little brother in the last book, and he becomes part of the family, … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol. 3: Life After The Bomb, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)

Barefoot Gen, Vol. 2: The Day After, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)

My Copy: 9780867196191 (image from bn.com) Whew--the first volume wanted to knock me down with what I'd read, the way Gen's family was portrayed and how things changed the day the bomb went off. Now, we're in the aftermath, the living death and struggle to survive... if one wants to survive at all. Barefoot Gen … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, Vol. 2: The Day After, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)

Akira (volume 6), by Katsuhiro Otomo

My Copy: 9781935429081 (image from bn.com) We've come to the final volume of Akira, and oh, what battles have been fought for the world and Tokyo by the last page. This was worth the wait. Akira (volume 6) is all about the battles taking place in Neo-Tokyo, from the iconic Olympic stadium where the demonstration … Continue reading Akira (volume 6), by Katsuhiro Otomo

The Martian, by Andy Weir

My Copy: 9780553418026 (image from bn.com) This is a science fiction book that would fit well with people who usually can't stand science fiction (or think they can't). That's because at heart, it's a story of survival in the most dire circumstances. I can't imagine being stranded on another planet, with the nearest humans a … Continue reading The Martian, by Andy Weir

No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One, by Carla Fine

My Copy: 9780385485517 (image from amazon.com) I'm not sure what exactly I expected to get from this book, but I did find it immensely helpful in a lot of ways. I think the title sums up what might be the overarching, lingering thing about dealing with suicide--most of the time, there's no time to say … Continue reading No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One, by Carla Fine

I’m having 16,000 second thoughts about the “family moving in” thing, & I’m hoping like hell it’s not too late…

I think that number's about accurate. I had the thoughts coming in the past few days, but I've been so exhausted I haven't had a chance to think properly. They came to a head yesterday with a crying and screaming fit that worked me into a near migraine. First of all, I was avoiding the … Continue reading I’m having 16,000 second thoughts about the “family moving in” thing, & I’m hoping like hell it’s not too late…

Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl

My Copy: 9780807014295 (image from amazon.com) Maybe it's the "December Dumps" that have been hitting me hard, or it's the crazy work schedule that's made me lose sight of the things I'm trying to work toward. All I know is when I picked this book up Christmas Eve and started to read, I have to … Continue reading Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl