Amy Hassinger

Writer. Teacher. Manuscript Consultant.

Nancy McCabe's FOLLOWING DISASTERS

I just finished a fun novel called Following Disasters, by Nancy McCabe, about a girl named Maggie-Kate, who inherits her aunt’s old house at a transitional time in her own life. The house seems to be haunted with the spirit of her aunt, a woman whose one ambition in life was to have children and raise a family, an ambition that was, sadly, thwarted by her illness—lupus, an autoimmune disease.

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Patricia Hruby Powell's LOVING VS. VIRGINIA

This year is the 50th anniversary of a landmark court case that set a federal precedent against miscegenation laws. The case was brought by a couple from Virginia, Richard Loving, a white man, and Mildred Loving, of African-American and Native-American descent.

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Andy Douglas' THE CURVE OF THE WORLD: INTO THE SPIRITUAL HEART OF YOGA

There’s a genre of memoir commonly called the spiritual memoir. One of the most famous examples would be Thomas Merton’s The Seven Storey Mountain, but there are many, many others: Kathleen Norris’ Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda, Faith Adiele’s Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun, or Roger Kamenetz’s The Jew in the Lotus, to name just a few.

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Janice Harrington's “Picture of the Poet and Horace H. Pippin Before the Perigee”

Last month, I had the great pleasure of attending an Evening of Jazz and Poetry, put on by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. The gathering was a celebration of the release of poet Janice Harrington’s latest collection, entitled Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H. Pippin

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