Bloodorange

I'm a GoodReads user testing new waters after the serious website changes. I mostly read fiction, usually Anglophone classics/ modern classics; I like nonfiction (mostly social and cultural history), good fantasy and graphic novels. For guilty pleasure, I read advice and how-to books. I made at least two reading resolutions recently; 1. read less, live more; 2. read books which give me more pleasure. I have poor filters, and books I find stylistically pleasing tend to be depressing, so I need to do something about that; if you think you know a book that is very well written, but won't make me weep, please drop me a line.

Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston

Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston - Valerie Boyd This is a very good biography, as far as I can tell, and a good resource, if you happen to teach anything by Zora Neale Hurston. While it took me a long time (in months, not pages) to get used to Boyd's style of narration (somehow it felt a little artificial, or a little too dreamy - I put it aside for two years), I later had a ball reading this, once I went past the childhood section.

Maybe it is the biographer's angle, but it strikes me how modern Hurston comes across as; unwilling to compromise her self or do what others expected her to do unless it allowed her to grow on her own terms. Yet this book not only gave me a much deeper understanding of Hurston's life and views, it also suggested many resources and short bits of writing I used while teaching [b:Their Eyes Were Watching God|37415|Their Eyes Were Watching God|Zora Neale Hurston|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1368072803s/37415.jpg|1643555]. Find an essay on High John de Conquer, a folklore figure, here: https://www.unz.org/Pub/AmMercury-1943oct-00450 (bear in mind that the first and last paragraphs were changed to more uplifting per editor's request), and, as a bonus, a lesson plan I found online on folklore in [b:Their Eyes Were Watching God|37415|Their Eyes Were Watching God|Zora Neale Hurston|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1368072803s/37415.jpg|1643555]: https://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED478843 )

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