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Portable Magic

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

Currently reading

The Bungalow Mystery
P.M. Carlson, Russell H. Tandy, Carolyn Keene
The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro, Simon Prebble
Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo
Jeff Long
Progress: 11/431 pages
The Secret of Shadow Ranch
Carolyn Keene
I am No One You Know
Joyce Carol Oates
The Return of the King
J.R.R. Tolkien, Rob Inglis
Progress: 13 %

Breath, Eyes, Memory ★★★☆☆

Breath, Eyes, Memory - Edwidge Danticat

This book is about purity culture and the sexual abuse and dysfunction that are embedded within it, within the context of a Haitian family. It explores how it damages these women and yet they continue to perpetuate it, but if the book attempts to explain why they knowingly inflict it on the next generation, I failed to understand it.


This is the third book I’ve read recently where a previously virginal character’s pregnancy results from a single sexual act, and the second where it was rape. I’m not sure that these types of storytelling devices aren’t themselves a perpetuation of purity culture.