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Carissa Green Reads

I read widely from many genres. Perhaps this blog will feature fewer ratings and reviews, but I certainly intend to write about my reading life - it's the subject I most find myself wanting to talk about.

Currently reading

The Luminaries
Eleanor Catton
Three Sisters, Three Queens (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)
Philippa Gregory
A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry
Czesław Miłosz
The Gay Science: with a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs
Walter Kaufmann, Friedrich Nietzsche
A Kierkegaard Anthology
Robert W. Bretall
The Guns of August
Barbara W. Tuchman
SPOILER ALERT!

Of Poets and Picture Books

The Good Luck Cat - Joy Harjo, Paul Lee

Big news in the book universe this summer was Sherman Alexie's first picture book, "Thunder Boy, Jr."

 

But how about a flashback to a picture book by Joy Harjo, another Native American poet, one whom Alexie himself cites as a significant influence on his work? 

 

"The Good Luck Cat" is a poignant, if ironically-titled story. The poor cat in question, Woogie, demonstrates the multitudinous ways a feline can risk its nine lives, and through the story's narrator, the little girl who lives him, we wish him good luck at every turn. 

 

-cg