A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Review Summary  In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying, but before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in a …

The Rainman’s Third Cure: An Irregular Education

Ok. I don’t usually like autobiographies, but I’m making an exception for this one. It’s probably because Peter Coyote’s personal charm and presence of mind pervade the writing. It might be because he went to my alma mater (Grinnell College) and was my first big interview as a writer. Maybe it’s because he has an …