Entries by Ellen Kwatnoski

Lysley Tenorio Ecco’s “Monstress”

For someone who grew up in San Francisco hearing Tagalog spoken by a playmate’s father and his friends, Monstress, a debut collection of short stories by Lysley Tenorio, is a gift: A chance to understand what those Filipino émigrés might have been saying about their lives, loves, disappointments and sense of being the other. The […]

Anna Quidlen’s “Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake”

Even if you haven’t been taping Anna Quindlen’s “New York Times” and “Newsweek” columns to your fridge for two or three decades, reading Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake will feel a like a cozy chat with an old friend. In this memoir, Quindlen again offers her keen observations of a well-examined, well-lived life. A […]