“People will always stare at the queer birds.  We only get to choose whether they’ll stare at a cripple or a glare of light.”

-Frida Kahlo, in The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

I spent hours upon hours this semester in my car with Barbara Kingsolver telling me the story of The Lacuna, while the book itself sat unread on a shelf in Arkansas.  This one is unlike her other books because it is in part a historical fiction featuring the “characters” Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Lev Trotsky – and their fictious cook/secretary Harrison Shepherd.  It inspired me to watch Frida (the movie) for a second time – something I almost never do with movies or books.  The story made my heart glad.  It was the best book I’ve read this year.