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Does High School English Need a Few New Classics?

Does High School English Need a Few New Classics?
So, I’ve always secretly coveted The Biblioracle’s job. The Chicago Tribune’s John Warner does a great job making book suggestions and I often find myself nodding in agreement. (P.S., John, I just picked up “The Nest” for the very same reason.) And his article today had me recalling a Facebook post I wrote just after... Read more »

Happy National Library Week!

Happy National Library Week!
It’s National Library Week—are you ready to celebrate? In its 57th year, National Library Week celebrates all that libraries are—not just for book nerds, libraries are often the focal point of a community, where people from every kind of background can come together for a common love or a shared purpose. I’ve written about my... Read more »

Looking for the little things that make life beautiful

Looking for the little things that make life beautiful
You know what they say about clichés, right? When someone says, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” it’s cliché. But only because it’s a phrase that’s been overused—not because it’s any less true. The blogging community to which I belong was tasked with power writing about something we each find beautiful—something people may... Read more »
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A Eulogy for my Inner Night Owl

It was 2:30 in the afternoon last Friday and I was struggling mightily not to fall asleep. There were probably a number of factors at play—I could have been sugar crashing from the horde of Easter-themed candy in my desk drawer. I met a few girlfriends for drinks the night before. But I was home... Read more »

Great Books for Spring Break

Great Books for Spring Break
As if to remind me that I am not going anywhere for Spring Break, I got my Oprah email today that bestowed upon me 18 books for that beach vacation I’m not taking—all ethereal or erudite, and all of which I am sure will make you a better person and 15 pounds lighter if you... Read more »

Scary Harry: The case for violence in books for kids

Scary Harry: The case for violence in books for kids
When fact is often worse than fiction, is it all that bad for kids to get wrapped up in a gruesome book? Funny this column in the Washington Post should appear in the same week I got wrapped into a similar conversation on Facebook. The author-who-is-also-an-author was offering commentary on what kids can learn from... Read more »
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Fake It 'Til You Make It

“Write about a time you told a lie.” So goes our blogging group’s monthly writing exercise. And all I could think was, “A lie? As in one? I’m a daughter, sister, wife and a mother. C’mon …” While I’m certainly not an advocate for being untruthful, I’m also of the belief there are lies of... Read more »

Last-Minute Gifts for Book Lovers

Last-Minute Gifts for Book Lovers
That’s right. You forgot about your Secret Santa at book club. Here are a few last-minute gifts that’ll save you in a jam and won’t put you in a pickle when it comes to picking something your book lover has already read: Wearing your heart on your sleeve: Litographs.com has great book-inspired shirts—the design composed... Read more »

A Book Lover's Thanksgiving Blessing

A Book Lover's Thanksgiving Blessing
You know that awkward moment at Aunt Marge’s Thanksgiving table, when you are asked to share something for which you are thankful? This one is for all the bibliophiles out there: I am thankful for books. I’m thankful for the new book smell of an independent book store and the old book smell of a... Read more »
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You should like me. You should really like me.

You should like me. You should really like me.
I’ve never been much for actively soliciting friends. I did enough of it growing up, having moved several times, that as an adult, I’m kind of at the point where either it clicks with someone or it doesn’t. Maybe I’ve just had enough practice that it doesn’t feel like I am soliciting friendship so much... Read more »