Dana Swier Huff

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I share my home with my husband Steve and children, Maggie, and Dylan. I am a high school English teacher. I disagree a bit with the labels for Goodreads reviews. Here is my system:

5 stars = I loved it
4 stars = I liked it
3 stars = It was OK
2 stars = I didn't like it
1 star = I hated it

I give a lot of four and five-star reviews because if I see a book is coasting on a 1, 2, or sometimes even a 3 in time to stop reading it, I do. Life's too short not to read spectacular books.

Review: Deaf Republic, Ilya Kaminsky

Review: Deaf Republic, Ilya KaminskyDeaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky
Published by Graywolf Press ISBN: 1555978312
on March 5, 2019
Genres: Poetry
Pages: 80
Format: Paperback
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Ilya Kaminsky's astonishing parable in poems asks us, What is silence? Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last t...

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A Question of Honor

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F. Scott Fitzgerald
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
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“Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Great books write themselves, only bad books have to be written.”
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“His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy’s white face came up to his own. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed like a flower and the incarnation was complete.”
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Jennifer Thanks for adding me as a friend! :-)


Michael Moore I read Ross' the rest is Noise and liked it. I started buying the recommended music and the performances he recommends in the back. I learned a lot I didn't know. I also read his NYer columns. See you at GCTE.


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