At Night We Walk in Circles
I feel blessed that this year has seen new work out by Edwidge Danticat, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, I could almost throw in Junot Diaz even though that...more
Nov 13, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
The City & the City
Mieville is one of the most inventive writers I've read in a very long time. The City and the City is the third book I've read of his and while I didn...more
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Jul 29, 2012
Lost City Radio
An author I'll definitely be keeping up with. In this novel Alarcon deftly moves between time periods, often with no breaks besides a new paragraph. T...more
Sep 09, 2011
Sep 02, 2011
The Giver (The Giver #1)
I was expecting so much more. I'd heard about this book for years and I'm a sci-fi fan, but this was unsatisfying to say the least. The first red flag...more
Oct 07, 2013
Oct 06, 2013
The End of Illness
Ok I haven't read all of this book, in fact I've only read a couple of chapters but I think it's the type of book that's good to have on hand and in a...more
Feb 10, 2012
Feb 10, 2012
The Rabbits
An almost perfect pairing of words and illustrations. Shaun Tan's work gives me goosebumps, quite literally. There is an emotional depth to his work t...more
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Jan 10, 2013
From the Mouth of the Whale: A Novel
This is the second book of Sjón's that I've read and I hope to read more. I spent a week in Iceland a few years ago and I'm fascinated by the place. T...more
Apr 10, 2014
Apr 10, 2014
I've been catching up on Shaun Tan's work while reading China Miéville's Railsea. The world/s Shaun Tan depicts and the quirkiness of his creations wo...more
Jan 16, 2013
Jan 10, 2013
Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning Toward Social Justice
I read this at the same time as Alfie Kohn's Feel-Bad Education and they complement each other very well. Kumashiro draws on his experience as a K-12...more
Mar 21, 2014
Mar 21, 2014
The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined
As an Early Childhood educator I would love the ideas expressed here to reach a wider audience. Salman Khan isn't rewriting the thought behind what is...more
Dec 08, 2012
Nov 30, 2012
Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom
I don't know why it took me so long to get to this book but it certainly came to me at a critical time. I'm back teaching after a few years off and th...more
May 18, 2013
May 09, 2013
The Sirens of Titan
Years ago I read a lot of Vonnegut in a short period of time. I hadn't read Sirens of Titan and there are quite a few other books of his I haven't yet...more
Jun 18, 2013
Jun 12, 2013
Flight Behaviour
I didn't expect to love this book but I did think I'd enjoy it more than I did. I loved reading Barbara Kingsolver's earlier work and then Poisonwood...more
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Dec 26, 2012
Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools
An excellent book that clearly and concisely lays out the facts as the relate to public education in the US, facts that corporate education deformers...more
Sep 30, 2013
Sep 13, 2013
Winner Take All: China's Race for Resources and What It Means for the World
This is probably the first economics book I've read, but it goes far beyond simple economics. I saw Dambisa Moyo on The Daily Show and I remember thin...more
Sep 2012
Aug 15, 2012
The Player of Games (Culture, #2)
I couldn't even get to the end of this and it isn't that long. I found it too didactic and uninteresting. I used to read a lot of Iain Banks's books b...more
Jul 18, 2012
Jun 30, 2012
Hatchet (Brian's Saga, #1)
I have to admit I skimmed the last half of the book and that I'm reading this as an adult. It bothered me that he had barely any injuries from the lig...more
Oct 11, 2013
Oct 11, 2013
I found this to be a quick and easy read but I didn't feel any attachment to any of the characters, good or bad. I would have preferred to have heard...more
Sep 30, 2013
Sep 30, 2013
Learning in Small Moments: Life in an Urban Classroom
Full disclosure: Daniel Meier is a professor of mine at the time I'm writing this. I found this book to be honest and heartfelt. Daniel was in the for...more
Mar 2013
Feb 20, 2013
The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail
An incredible book that tells the stories of people too often forgotten. When reading I thought of the ad campaign against ocean pollution where someo...more
Dec 11, 2013
Nov 13, 2013
The Red Tree
Shaun Tan's work literally gives me goosebumps. I think I first came across The Red Tree when I was relief teaching in Melbourne's west. I was working...more
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Jan 10, 2013
Long Walk to Freedom
I'm reading this after having spent two and a half months in South Africa. I'm glad I'm reading it now and not before. Everything he talks about has m...more
Aug 15, 2012
Jul 16, 2012
Unpolished Gem
I wanted to like this more than I did but I'm glad I read it and will look out for more work from this author. The narrative is uneven, at times the s...more
Feb 09, 2012
Feb 05, 2012
Un Lun Dun
This was so much fun to read. I find Miéville to be endlessly inventive even when drawing on credited sources. I sense that as he was writing this he...more
Aug 25, 2013
Aug 11, 2013
The Devil's Highway: A True Story
A horrifyingly graphic true story that tells of the fate of a group of Mexican migrants lost in the Arizona desert. This is the second book I've read...more
Jan 29, 2014
Jan 29, 2014
The Devil Finds Work
Baldwin has the gift of being able to tackle complex issues in a lyrical and approachable fashion. I found myself wishing he were alive today so I cou...more
Jun 19, 2013
Jun 12, 2013
Eight Days: A Story of Haiti
A subtle yet powerful story that touches on the devastation of the 2010 earthquake. At a first glance I wasn't sure what was going on but on rereading...more
Jan 26, 2013
Jan 27, 2013
The Blue Fox
I've read a few Icelandic tales since visiting there two years ago. There is a magical isolation you feel there and this tends to come through in the...more
May 30, 2013
May 29, 2013
The Dead of Night (Tomorrow, #2)
I would have loved to have read these books as a teenager but they weren't out yet. I'm giving this book 4 but I think my teenage self might have give...more
Aug 05, 2013
Aug 05, 2013
Tales from Outer Suburbia
An absolutely delightful collection of stories and anecdotes. These tales stay with you long afterwards due to the richness of the illustrations and t...more
Jun 11, 2013
Jun 11, 2013
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