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In a recent New York Times article, Marilynn Robinson alludes briefly to Flannery O’Connor’s shortcomings as a fiction writer: “There’s a lot of writi ...more
Oct 13, 2014
Oct 06, 2014
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
It's a good thing I only paid five bucks for this book because I felt a bit gypped after reading it. This is basically In Defense of Food: Lite or, wo ...more
Jan 16, 2010
Jan 16, 2010
The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
I read an interesting article several years ago about a progressive and ideologically-motivated Toronto couple who have opted to disguise the gender o ...more
Oct 08, 2014
Sep 22, 2014
Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)
I really love this book. It never gets old, even though I've taught it a few times now. The teens, however, are so resistant to it at first because th ...more
Apr 02, 2009
Mar 23, 2009
Night Film
I'd be a bad friend if I said too much about this book, so I'll keep quiet, for the most part. The best way to read this book is to go into it knowing ...more
Aug 02, 2013
Jul 26, 2013
The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30)
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who plays a role in the education of teens - parents, teachers, administrators, pastors, etc - as well ...more
Apr 06, 2009
Feb 28, 2009
People of the Book
This was my first foray into Geraldine Brooks, and I found the experience to be...well, interesting. The plot is centered on rare book conservator Han ...more
Nov 13, 2010
Nov 06, 2010
American Rust
I bought this book as a birthday gift for my husband and ended up reading it myself. This is the kind of book that, two years ago, I would have stayed ...more
May 22, 2011
May 14, 2011
The Great Railway Bazaar
This is one of those books on which I felt very eager and proud to stamp my book embosser -- "Library of Shelley." Whenever I have a strong urge to cl ...more
Jul 11, 2013
Jun 19, 2013
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
I admit that, from the very first page, I read this book with a skeptical eye. Prior to reading this novel, I had nothing against Sherman Alexie, but ...more
Jul 10, 2009
Apr 07, 2009
Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
This is a great book written for Christians on the topic of reading literature. It's not some sort of CliffsNotes for the Left Behind series, nor is i ...more
Oct 16, 2011
Sep 26, 2011
Why Don't Students Like School?: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom
After making my way through two teacher ed programs, I've heard a lot of the following:

"Your job as the teacher is to be a facilitator of learning. Be
May 13, 2009
Apr 30, 2009
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Where’s a big, bearded Turkish man holding a steaming towel when you need him? Let him come and scrub these characters off me until I’m raw and near-b ...more
Jan 30, 2015
Jan 27, 2015
Swimming Lessons and Other Stories from Firozsha Baag
I read Rohinton Mistry's prize-winning novel A Fine Balance when I was a teenager. This was back in the day when I did all of my book shopping at bric ...more
Jan 09, 2014
Dec 21, 2013
Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite
They were young, and I remember them as beautiful.

Without You, There Is No Us is a deeply personal memoir of one Korean-American woman’s experiences t
Nov 13, 2014
Nov 07, 2014
Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness
In Darkness Visible, William Styron describes depression as "a disorder of mood, so mysteriously painful and elusive in the way it becomes known to th ...more
Feb 22, 2014
Feb 22, 2014
Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties, Revised Edition
While working at a public high school in New Jersey I observed a rather interesting pedagogical practice. It looked a little something like this: a ba ...more
Jul 12, 2011
Mar 16, 2011
I found Cal on a list of top ten books about the Troubles. Leon Uris’s sprawling and cinematic Trinity, which I read last summer and found historicall ...more
Dec 02, 2014
Dec 02, 2014
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
The goal of this book is to pop the bubble of first world complacency and shed light on the oppression and cruelty that afflicts many women across the ...more
Jan 20, 2013
Dec 29, 2012
The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human
I don’t think I’ve ever so enjoyed a book with which I have such fundamental disagreement. In The Storytelling Animal Jonathan Gottschall explores the ...more
Dec 20, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
White Dog Fell from the Sky
So promising, so disappointing. White Dog Fell from the Sky is a story about a young black South African medical student named Isaac who, after fleein ...more
May 11, 2013
Apr 15, 2013
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
I devoured this fascinating book in a matter of days. It's an intelligent young woman's memoir of her frightening descent into the vortex of a mysteri ...more
Mar 31, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
Leaving Before the Rains Come
In a 2015 interview with NPR over the upcoming release of her latest memoir Leaving Before the Rains Come, Alexandra Fuller admits that, as a writer, ...more
Feb 04, 2015
Jan 16, 2015
The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War
Tim Butcher likes to follow people. I’m not referring to his activity on this site—although, to date, he’s currently following 1,072 Goodreads users. ...more
Feb 20, 2015
Jan 14, 2015
Death of a Salesman: Certain Private Conversations in Two Acts & a Requiem
I’m scratching my head as to why this particular play is a ubiquitous part of secondary English curricula across America. I’m sure most adolescents po ...more
Jan 28, 2015
Dec 02, 2014
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
I will make two clichéd statements about this book.

The first is that "it is more about the journey than the destination" -- a cheesy comment that is
Apr 05, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
China's Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa
My first exposure to the Chinese presence in Africa came through reading Paul Theroux’s most recent account of his travels through Namibia and Angola, ...more
Jun 03, 2014
May 20, 2014
How To Be a Good Wife
I read this book in one sitting, something I haven't done since before my children were born. In the busy season of life that I currently find myself ...more
Nov 16, 2013
Nov 16, 2013
All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood
All Joy and No Fun is not a child-rearing manual or a "how-to" parenting book. Rather, it's an analysis of how mothers and fathers are affected by the ...more
Feb 14, 2014
Feb 03, 2014
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
Whenever I challenge my students to think critically about the value of television and the amount they consume, they almost always respond, "But Mrs. ...more
Oct 09, 2008
Aug 25, 2008
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