Well, for any of you who’ve ever pondered this you are not alone. Jennifer 8. Lee (yes her middle name is 8 ) has written […]
The book discussion group I run at the library recently read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. This wonderful book that traverses both fantasy and […]
Are you curious about Beijing now that the Summer Olympics have begun? Of course, on any given day you can watch NBC, PBS or the Travel Channel and see kaleidoscopic images and all the sights and sounds of this highly populated historic city. But, for a dose of the real unadulterated Beijing, pick up the book The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed by Michael Meyer. Meyer is a native Minnesotan who moved to China with the Peace Corps and volunteered to teach English in a Beijing elementary school. He’s one of the few Westerners who has had the opportunity to live among the native Chinese and experience the city, culture and cuisine in a manner that most outsiders could only dream of. This is a fascinating mix of history, politics and customs and gives an inside look at this mysterious city.
Just a heads up: the irony of this being online has not escaped me. The New York Times ran an article last Sunday about reading trends […]
I’m a dog person. Today, I am without a dog for the first time in more than 20 years after losing my dog (Lucy, a Bouvier) […]
In this post, I wanted to share with you a little something about me. When I was about 15 (or 16 or 14, I can’t […]
I’m talkin’ ’bout the Talkin’ Bout Books blog. This is a great website replete with book discussion guides and suggestions for parents and children grades 2-3 […]
My First Summer Without Philip Craig
Technically, this is my second summer without Philip Craig. Last year I lived in blissful ignorance as I read the eighteenth mystery in his Martha Vineyard series not knowing that he had died in May of 2007. Then I stumbled across a tribute to him written by his good friend and Boston author, William Tapply.
D.J. has his share of problems, his pets keep dying, he has to go to a new school and his dad treats him like a […]
Her name is Maximum Ride! She and her flock of other mutant winged children escaped from the labs where they were created. They are on […]