Women in Clothes

Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton et al. Blue Rider Press, 2014 528 pages I have an ambivalent relationship to fashion. I love clothes. I love expressing myself through what I wear. I love the idea that, by picking out an outfit, I can give people a piece of the code … Continue reading Women in Clothes

The Secret Lives of Codebreakers

The Secret Lives of Codebreakers: The Men and Women Who Cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park by Sinclair McKay Plume, 2012 352 pages   Near the beginning of our marriage, my husband and I read the book A Man Called Intrepid. It's the story of Sir William Stephenson, a Canadian airman who became the … Continue reading The Secret Lives of Codebreakers

The Librarian of Basra and Alia’s Mission

The Librarian of Basra: A True Story From Iraq by Jeanette Winter Harcourt, 2005 32 pages Alia's Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq by Mark Alan Stamaty Alfred A. Knopf, 2004 32 pages When the United States, Britain, and George W. Bush's "coalition of the willing" invaded Iraq in 2003, the human toll of the … Continue reading The Librarian of Basra and Alia’s Mission