Book Review: Battleborn

Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins

Battleborn: Stories by Claire Vaye Watkins (New York: Riverhead Books, 2012. 304 pp) Born in California, Claire Vaye Watkins is an author, co-director of the Mojave School, and a visiting assistant professor at Princeton University. She graduate from the University of Nevada Reno and earned her MFA from Ohio State University. Battleborn, her collection of short stories won the Story Prize, the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Practicing Practicum During my graduate years at Seattle Pacific University, I had the opportunity to choose a practicum which applied the topics of our courses… Read More →

Book Review: Back to Blood

Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe

Back to Blood: A Novel by Tom Wolfe (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2012. 720 pp) Tom Wolfe is an American author born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. He earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee and his Ph.D. from Yale. Originally a journalist, Wolfe ventured into book publishing as a leader in the literary nonfiction genre. Wolfe lives in New York. In Consideration of Post-Race It’s been said we are headed toward a post-racial existence where WASPs (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants) aren’t the majority and don’t hold exclusive rights to privilege. As the theory goes, before the end of the century—barring any unforeseen circumstances—Americans will have married and reproduced enough times to create an American multi-cultural ethnicity. Thus with… Read More →