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Saturday Snuggles: The Bravest Woman in America by Marissa Moss
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Saturday Snuggles: The Bravest Woman in America by Marissa Moss

When you head to the library or bookstore this weekend with the kiddos, keep an eye out for The Bravest Woman in America by Marissa Moss and illustrated by Andrea U’Ren. From sixteen to sixty-three Ida Lewis saved between eighteen and twenty-five lives as part of her position as the unofficial and official lighthouse keeper at … Continue reading

Saturday Snuggles: The Beckoning Cat by Koko Nishizuka
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Saturday Snuggles: The Beckoning Cat by Koko Nishizuka

When you head to the library or bookstore this weekend with the kiddos, keep an eye out for The Beckoning Cat by Koko Nishizuka and illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger. The Beckoning Cat is based on a Japanese folktale and explains a popular piece of Japanese culture. I received two beckoning cats from students who studied in … Continue reading

Reading Beyond the Headlines: Immigration and Refugees
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Reading Beyond the Headlines: Immigration and Refugees

In a news cycle that is 24-7, with little time for reflection or thoughtful dialogue, but global circumstances that demand immediate attention, I have found that reading books gives my perspective something weightier against which to base my judgments and reactions; reading books, of course, also makes the issues more complex. Taking the time to explore issues beyond the headlines … Continue reading

Book Note: The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
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Book Note: The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera

Thank goodness for Book Oblivion’s Book Club or I would still be careening full-force through 2017 solely reading non-fiction. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera turned out to be a good one for both breaking and complimenting my non-fiction cycle. Husband: “How’s the book?” Me: “It’s…uh…interesting.” Husband: “Uh oh. What’s wrong with it?” … Continue reading

Wednesday Words: venality and griot
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Wednesday Words: venality and griot

  Book:  Interventions: A Life in War and Peace Author: Kofi Annan with Nader Mousavizadeh Sentence: “Contrary to the perceptions and prejudices of some member states, my team was well versed in dealing with the intransigence and venality of the Saddam regime.” Word: venality Definition: Openness to bribery or corruption Book: Their Eyes Were Watching God … Continue reading

Saturday Snuggles: The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine
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Saturday Snuggles: The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine

When you head to the library or bookstore this weekend with the kiddos, keep an eye out for The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine and illustrated by Sebastià Serra. The Zhang family is disappointed their honesty and hard work have not yielded enough to provide a memorable celebration to welcome Chinese New Year with their friends … Continue reading

Book Note: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
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Book Note: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

  A bookstagrammer commented on one of my photo’s recently that Hillbilly Elegy was on her TBR pile. I tried to respond with a couple words of what to expect, and I came up with “intimate and perceptive.” I’m going to stick with those two descriptors. Intimate without getting bogged down in mud-throwing and finger-wagging offense. … Continue reading