Kathleen Alcalá

The Clueless Eater

10 Books I read in 2017
Books I read in 2017

History, poetry, geography, finding familiar sounds and rhythms in the language of others – these are a few of my favorite things. Colson Whitehead reminds us again how brilliant he is, Sherman and Claire write brave memoirs reminding us that their success as adults did not come out of an easy place, with helicopter parents meeting their basic needs. Julie Salverson documents the secret of a horrendous crime inflicted on First Nations people in Canada, and how they chose to respond, along with her own secrets. Emmy Perez and Laura Da’ stitch us to the land with words, while Lauret Savoy and Coll Thrush make us look again to see what we missed the first time. Isabel Quintero shows how difficult high school can be in its own right, yet offer shelter from impossible home situations. Rosalie Morales Kearns’ near future novel, in which women say ya, basta! could not be timelier.
Please note these are books I read in 2017, as opposed to being published this year, as I never seem to quite catch up. I have not seen it yet, but I subscribed to Souza’s Twitter feed and found solace in these photos throughout the Obama administration, as documented in Obama: An Intimate Portrait, Pete Souza (photography).


The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead (fiction)
Native Seattle, Coll Thrush (nonfiction)
Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, Isabel Quintero (Older YA fiction)
With the River on Our Face, Emmy Perez (poetry)
Kingdom of Women, Rosalie Morales Kearns (fiction)
Trace, by Lauret Savoy (nonfiction)
Lines of Flight, Julie Salverson (nonfiction)
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, Sherman Alexie (nonfiction)
Love and Trouble, Claire Dederer (nonfiction)
Tributaries, Laura Da’ (poetry)

And it's not too late to buy a copy of The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island for that foodie or farmer in your life, with photos by Joel Sackett. See my home page at www.kathleenalcala.com for a code that provides a 30% discount!
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Creative nonfiction, memoir, environmental sustainability.
Combining memoir, historical records, and a blueprint for sustainability, The Deepest Roots shows us how an island population can mature into responsible food stewards and reminds us that innovation, adaptation, diversity, and common sense will help us make wise decisions about our future. And along the way, we learn how food is intertwined with our present but offers a path to a better understanding of the future.
Creative Nonfiction
Essays on Family and Writing

The Desert Remembers My Name makes an important contribution to discussions of ethnicity, identity, and the literature of place.”
Bloomsbury Review
Fiction
"...a mesmerizing tale... the author explores the fascinating confusions and contradictions plaguing a culture precariously poised between tradition and modernization."
Booklist
"She never forgot the power of storytelling as testimony."
The Utne Reader
"Kathleen Alcalá's Spirits of the Ordinary is an enthralling book..."
–Paul Yamazaki, City Lights Books

"This book entered my dreams."
–Alberto Rios
Short Fiction
"Thoroughly satisfying."
The New York Times Book Review

"By turns touching, entertaining, and surprising, and uniquely her own."
Publishers Weekly

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