March 31, 2011
Wingshooters is a compelling read. I think book clubs will enjoy reading and discussing this book.
Wingshooters, Nina Revoyr’s fourth novel, has everyone talking, comparing it to To Kill a Mockingbird. Set in small town, Deerborn, Wisconsin in 1970, Revoyr explores racial conflicts, justice, and family loyalty with depth and compassion.
Revoyr writes rhapsodically of a young girl’s enthrallment to the natural world and charts, with rising intensity, her resilient narrator’s painful awakening to human failings and senseless violence. In this shattering northern variation on To Kill A Mockingbird, Revoyr drives to the very heart of tragic ignorance, unreason, and savagery.” —booklist, starred review
March 1, 2011
Keenly steeped in Kansas but lyrical enough to be universal, My Ruby Slippers: The Road Back to Kansas explores all the complexities of “home.” Saddened by the death of her parents, Seeley soon after was diagnosed cancer, then discovered her longtime partner was planning to leave. She was shaken to her roots–and thus begins a vivid exploration of her own roots.
“In this smart meditation on place, Seeley gives to Kansas the time she never afforded it in her youth.”
“Under Tracy Seeley’s cool, clear gaze, the fractured landscape of America’s rootlessness is seen whole again. She reminds us that place is both on the horizon and within our memories. . . . My Ruby Slippers is a complete pleasure to read.”
—Lewis Buzbee, author of The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop
Tracy Seeley grew up in Wichita, Kansas and has a PhD in British Literature. A professor of English at the University of San Francisco, she has won the Distinguished Teaching Award and the College Service Award, and spent a year as the NEH Chair in Humanities, during which time she starting writing My Ruby Slippers.