Category Archives: Books

happy birthday beverly cleary

I read an article a few weeks ago about Beverly Cleary turning 100, and it caught my fancy. We celebrate authors’ 100th birthdays, and 200th birthdays, and 500th birthdays (Shakespeare!), but how fun to celebrate an author’s 100th birthday and … Continue reading

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rising strong

People like MaryAnn have been writing about Brené Brown’s newest book, Rising Strong. In it, she asks, “do you think people are doing the best they can with the tools they have?” She says there are two distinct answers, a resounding absolutely … Continue reading

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give us peace

NaBloPoMo Day 14: Write a prayer for Japan or Beirut or Paris or Syria or Houston or Pyongyang… put the words out for all to see, even if your words are that you have no words. I am reminded of … Continue reading

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l’engle, of course

NaBloPoMo day 7: Post the opening sentence of your favorite book. How long has this book been in your life? “The very size of the cathedral was a surprise” (Madeleine L’Engle, A Severed Wasp). I don’t know that I still consider … Continue reading

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obsessions

Julia offers this prompt for NaBloPoMo: NaBloPoMo Day 3: What’s your random obsession? The Tudors, tie-dye, the perfect sauerbraten recipe… Tell us a little something about your secret or not-so-secret love. I have obsessions, certainly. When I like something I … Continue reading

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late to the party

I have commented on other people’s blog posts, but haven’t written my own on To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman. My story is not unfamiliar. I was assigned To Kill a Mockingbird in my sophomore English class, the first time I … Continue reading

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plain and awkward

And here is Kristin’s follow-up to the blog conversation: Heroines, Plain and Awkward. After wondering why movies can’t include more than a narrow ideal of beauty for women, she comes back to books like Wrinkle and the depth of portrayal … Continue reading

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