Book Review: Emma Donoghue, Frog Music

A historical mystery based on the unsolved murder of Jenny Bonnet in San Francisco in 1876. Fast moving and well written, I especially loved the afterward that delved briefly into the lives of the real people these characters are based on, and how Donoghue tried to keep faithful to what really happened, while acknowledging that because of journalist’s tendency to fabricate at times, it’s still a fiction. Also contains a description of the songs Blanche la danseuse sings throughout the novel and a French Glossary of Terms.

Book Review: Rebecca Solnit, The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness

Rebecca Solnit’s books are a light in the darkness as she tirelessly demonstrates in essay after essay that small actions do work, that positive change is happening, and that everyday ways of living and being can be profound. Covering everything from the Arab Spring and Zapatista revolutions to the BP oil spill and climate change, these are important essays, when reminders that “the true revolutionary needs to be as patient as a snail” seem especially relevant.