Patchwork Prose and Quilted Poetry

New books to read


Last week my husband ordered Rachel Mankowitz’s Yeshiva Girl: A Novel for me (see Goodreads (link)), which arrived yesterday. I’ve read three or four chapters, so far, and I’m finding it quite interesting and well written. Since it’s a paper edition, it will take longer, because of the eye strain, but it’s next to my chair in the front sitting room, ready to pick up again as I am able.

Naomi Beth Wakan’s The Way of Haiku has been republished by Shanti Arts LLC, and I have ordered a paper copy, which will arrive from Barnes and Noble on Monday. I also have The Way of Tanka and Poetry that Heals, both of which I recommend. In 2017, I enjoyed a four-week workshop given by the author: Introduction to Writing Japanese Poetry.

I pre-ordered L.E. Modesitt, Jr.’s latest book, Endgames, which comes out on the fifth of February.  The Imager Portfolio is a favorite from among his fantasy series.


New Books to Read


I am done with rereading L.E. Modesitt Jr.’s Imager series and now anticipating Endgames, the last book in the series, as I understand it.

I have picked up two ebooks by Amos Oz, not having heard of him prior to his death. Only, now that I look through the list of titles, it seems to me that I may have read one of his books, but not remembered it. Anyway, I have started Dear Zealots,which consists primarily of three essays. I also bought Judas, which I believe to be a novel.

I also came across mention of The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan. I hope that it was meant to be humorous. Think I’ll enjoy it.

The last two are The Cobbler’s Boy, by Katherine Addison and Elizabeth Bear (I so adored The Goblin Emperor that I searched for another book by that author. I know that she writes under a different name, also, but those books did not interest me. I have, however, hope) and  Sheila Connolly’s Tied Up with a Bow.