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You don’t have to know me very well to know that I amass enormous numbers of books that I will probably never get around to reading or that I’ve read so many times I can recite them practically by heart, so all they do is sit on my shelf, like the treasured baseball cards of […]

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2013-07-14 :: me // home + reading
The Wheel Deal

*sigh* The unsettled thing that could change any day? It’s sort of back to square one, which on one hand is a bummer, but I think the board is being reset to tilt the odds more in my favor. So while I have to wait for some kind of closure on this thing, the closure […]

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2013-07-01 :: me // reading
Canon Fodder

At the end of last summer, I made myself read Anna Karenina with the kind of disciplined focus required of me as an undergraduate English major in college. I had to do the reading (usually several works in several courses). I had this much time in which to complete it, and I had to complete […]

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2013-03-24 :: me // five + reading + t.o.v. + writing
A Scout is Brave

I’m on spring break. For reasons I hope to explain later, I’m not exactly thrilled about that this year. Still, I will make the best of it, and that’s one reason I’m up at 5:00 in the morning scribbling a few thoughts. The other reason is that I got up to use the bathroom and […]

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Rules (2006) by Cynthia Lord. a 2007 Newbery Honor book Catherine’s little brother David is autistic, so social cues and expectations are a puzzle to him. In order to help David with social appropriateness and to avoid his embarrassing her in public, Catherine has written several rules about behavior. David takes most things very literally, […]

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Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli (2012) Jake and Lily are twins, and this story, narrated by both in alternating chapters (like Paul Zindel’s The Pigman) traces their special relationship at a time when one of them is ready to form a separate, non-twin identity while the other doesn’t even grasp the concept. Jake is […]

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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (2012) recipient of the 2013 Newbery Medal The One and Only Ivan is a gorilla, but he hasn’t seen another gorilla for decades. Stolen from his home in the wild when he was young, he lives in a shopping mall where his owner sells his drawings for […]

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Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool (2013) Clare Vanderpool’s first published novel was deservedly awarded the 2011 Newbery Medal, and I have been anxious to see what Vanderpool would do for a second act. Is that medal a liberation, giving the writer confidence and freedom to pursue whatever the muse dictates next, or is it a […]

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T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton (2007) Kinsey Millhone’s twentieth mystery unfolds in the house next door: Gus Vronsky, a curmudgeonly, elderly neighbor, has injured himself and is in need of care. Since his only living relative is a niece on the East Coast, a nurse is hired to help Gus through his recovery […]

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Might contain spoilers. “And so, in that Greek letter that looks like a shack with a corrugated tin roof, in that elusive, irrational number with which scientists try to understand the universe, I found refuge.” “He became my favourite teacher at Petit Seminaire and the reason I studied zoology at the University of Toronto. I […]

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