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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Reading
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith, fell into my hands at a time when I needed it most (though I sometimes wish that I'd started reading it even sooner). It had the unique quality of making a bookish girl feel as though she'd found a new best friend (fictional though Francie Nolan obviously is). And, I'm not the...
Alice in Wonderland
We're always intrigued by the latest audible iterations on our favorite classics. It's even more exciting when stars like Scarlett Johansson get in on the action -- lending their voices to a production of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. What makes the project even more fun is that Scarlett teamed up with her sister (Vanessa) on the project -- to...
I know... Lots of people wrote about their experience with 9/11. I read so many beautiful pieces about love and heroism. They've said it all, and I can't hope to match all those beautiful sentiments. I doubt there have been many dry eyes in the past few days, leading up to (and then just hours past) 9/11. I don't live...
Dino books

It Began With Dino Books… #Book Adventures

As you can probably imagine, my kids have grown up around books. They've read everything from Dr. Seuss to The Runaway Bunny--and most possible permutations in-between. When they discovered dino books, the experience opened...
Brave New World

Life Lessons from ‘Brave New World’ – #Banned

For most of us, it's not difficult to remember Brave New World -- when we first picked it up, read the first few lines, and then became en-mired in this "brave new world" of Aldous...
No Trump

Naomi Klein’s Anti-Trump Manifesto – ‘No Is Not Enough’

You had to know this was coming: No Is Not Enough. And, of course, this latest book by Naomi Klein is sure to be met with controversy and debate. She's an expert, drawing from...
Catcher in the Rye

What Did Holden Say? Looking For Lines from ‘The Catcher in the Rye’…

The profusion of lines and paragraphs still stick in the brain. Who said it, and what did it mean? When we're talking about the infamous Holden (from J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye), the...

If you had to memorize a book, which would it be?

In Fahrenheit 451, Montag famously joins a community of outsiders who have each committed one book to memory. The author of that famously banned novel, Ray Bradbury famously said that, given the choice about...
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