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Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire by Rafe Esquith
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Let me be absolutely clear: Rafe Esquith clearly is a marvelous teacher. He seems to be a transformative, inspiring motivator of young minds who crafts lessons like an artists and expects his students to bring their best selves to every part of their ...more
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Shylock Is My Name by Howard Jacobson
Shylock Is My Name
by Howard Jacobson
read in February, 2017
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Merchant is often called a great "Problem Play". That's a polite way of saying "offensive to many alive after the Renaissance". How else do you talk about the rampant anti-semitism or subtle sexism and racial discrimination.

Retelling a problem play i
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The Graveyard Book Volume 2 by Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book Volume 2
by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2017
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After feeling underwhelmed by volume one, I was worried that any continued uncertainty would be even more disappointing. And as the book began to unfold in a similar unsettled superficiality, I decided to just relax and appreciate whatever came next. ...more
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The Graveyard Book Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book Volume 1
by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2017
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I love graphic novels and I love Neil Gaiman, but something seemed missing here. Maybe the episodic chapters felt more disjointed without a consistent narrative (or artistic) style. Maybe I rushed through the graphic novel style and glossed over the ...more
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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
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Unlike so much of the Young-Adult machine I read these days, this book is a study in confusion. The fitful and episodic narrative gives a sense of uncertainty and confusion in the narrator's life. The mysteries and unspoken conflicts simmer, stagnate ...more
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Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
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I'm immensely fond of the graduate school professor I had who said, "I don't actually know that much. I just know that I don't know everything."

Without planning for it, the work of my career has been to dig in deep on issues of racism, injustice and
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Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda
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Okay, I'm biased, but this is about as great as a script book can get. Jeremy McCarter does a fabulous job of capturing the history of the creative process, and Lin-Manuel Miranda's authors notes among the lyrics are at turns insightful and hilarious ...more
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Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
Milkweed
by Jerry Spinelli
read in December, 2016
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At the start of the book, Spinelli does all he can to instill a sense of energy and danger in a story that could be far too familiar. In Misha, he has a narrator who sees every part of his new life in 1940's Poland as an amazing and delightful discov ...more
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Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
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I normally love Sarah Vowell. I find her historian voice compelling, personal, and inviting. It's easy to admire the scope of history when she makes the renowned figures, so common in wood etchings and daguerrotypes, feel like flesh and blood people ...more
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