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Academic, attorney, editor, and former professor of English discusses writing, literary theory, and items of general nerditude. Sometimes cats!
I review books. I review a lot of books. But very few books manage to come into my life with the kind of spot-on, pitch-perfect, insert-other-heartwarming-hyphenated-cliche-here (and to think I’m spending tomorrow teaching my students to avoid cliches!) timing as … Continue reading
A helpful local billboard has informed me that Les Miserables, the touring stage production, will be in town soon (or has already been in town – I forget). My first thought: “Ugh, didn’t I just see that?” I did. And whatever … Continue reading
In reverse chronological order, roughly; not necessarily the order in which I endorse them. 1. BYE, MZUNGU! by Janice Ellen Lever. Lever’s memoir of her eighteen years running a kindergarten in Uganda is funny, adventurous, sweet, and absorbing all at … Continue reading
Dear Teen Me, A few days before your 30th birthday, you’ll get an e-mail from the folks at Zest Books, asking you to review – and blog about – their upcoming collection of letters from YA authors to their teenage … Continue reading
If Jason Lee Norman’s Americas was a dog, it would be one of those toy chihuahuas you laugh at while it barks madly about how it’s going to gnaw your shoelaces off, buddy, just you wait – and that you … Continue reading
NPR’s recent Best YA Fiction Poll recently produced a list of 100 winners that has everyone talking – mostly, about what’s not on it. NPR explains that best-beloved classics like A Wrinkle in Time and Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret didn’t make … Continue reading