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Raising Your Spirited Badger

Raising Your Spirited Badger

I revisited a bit of family lore the other day, regarding my oldest daughter’s first encounter with Russell Hoban’s Frances series.  I was reading Bread and Jam for Frances aloud, when her violet eyes grew wide with forbidden pleasure as she said in a scandalized voice, “Frances is naughty!” Yes, she absolutely is. Frances may be a badger, but she is us.  When I was recalling all this to […]

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
By August 25, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Over the years both Gary and I have written about author Emily St. John Mandel as a young author to watch. Well, it’s time for another reminder because her latest book, Station Eleven, will be out early next month. While St. John Mandel’s first three works could be characterized as literary novels with mysterious twists, […]

The Right Word by Jen Bryant

The Right Word by Jen Bryant

Lynn:  When I first heard about The Right Word:  Roget and His Thesaurus (Eerdmans 2014) I KNEW I would love it.  The winning team of Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet AND the story of Peter Roget – a shy boy who loved words and made lists!  I’ve now read the book in falling- apart galley […]

Ghosting by Edith Pattou

Ghosting by Edith Pattou

Cindy: Last week we linked to Edith Pattou’s fairy tale East in our blog post about Margi Preus’ new book West of the Moon and now this week we have a new book, hot off the press, by Pattou. In Ghosting (Skyscape 2014) she has left the frightening world of fairy tales and set this […]

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
By August 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Janet Mock became a media sensation when she went head to head with Piers Morgan earlier this year. Janet Mock, a transgender activist, clarified with Piers Morgan how to let trans women speak for themselves and how to respect and honor them by using the pronouns that are real for them. She further clarified that […]

Stone Giant by Jane Sutcliffe

Stone Giant by Jane Sutcliffe

Lynn:  The giant lay in the courtyard of the Cathedral for 40 years.  It had been hammered on, had a large hole chiseled in it and the weather had scoured it.  And then Michelangelo’s friends wrote him a letter begging him to come home and take on the giant.  This is the wonderful true story […]

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

Cindy: I have a faithful following of middle schools girls who love folktale retellings. Most of them are more familiar with the Grimm stories (or stories that Disney films have undertaken–commentary on that topic is available elsewhere online) than with traditional Scandinavian tales. When I introduce them to Edith Pattou’s East or Jessica Day George’s […]

Secrets and Lies

Secrets and Lies

Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies is burning up the charts. Fans of Moriarty’s smart, suspenseful women’s fiction may enjoy these other engaging domestic dramas. The Stepmother by Carrie Adams Tara Road by Maeve Binchy The Woman Next Door by Barbara Delinsky Bookends by Jane Green Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah You Should Have Known by […]

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox

Lynn:  Picture books featuring adorable animals are commonplace.  Picture books about a real-life elephant seal who won the hearts of an entire town?  Rare!  In the author’s note, Cox,  a famous long-distance swimmer, tells of first hearing the story of Elizabeth during a trip to New Zealand.  She says she knew she would someday have […]

Leaving China by James McMullan

Leaving China by James McMullan

Lynn:  We reviewers are supposed to be analytical about our reading and writing, assessing the elements of what we read and conveying those to you making decisions about what to read and purchase.  I try, really I do.  But sometimes a book comes along that I just love.  Period.  Leaving China:  An Artist Paints His […]