Kira-Kira, by by Cynthia Kadohata, another Newbery

Kira-Kira, by by Cynthia Kadohata, another Newbery

Overview from Barnes and Noble: kira-kira (kee ra kee ra): glittering; shining Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea is kira-kira for the...

Cry, the Beloved Country

Cry, the Beloved Country

Cry, The Beloved Country is a book that has been on my to-read list since I first started doing intense research  about South Africa a few years ago. I finally listened to the unabridged version on CD and finished it yesterday. Part of my hesitation, I guess, is that...

Parsley Tea and Robin Hood

Parsley Tea and Robin Hood

I have a fond memory of drinking parsley tea at ten years of age during a close-down-the school-in-Iowa blizzard. These kinds of memories are what inspired the beginning of the book I'm working on (working title: Who the Frack is Maddie Jackson?). Back on that winter...

Gwen Hart's poem "Early Introduction to Freud"

My friend Gwen Hart has a new poem in The Quotable. Here is a link so you can read it. I think it's hilarious. It's sad, too, but so funny. I am amazed at people like Gwen and Richard Meyer who can write GOOD poems in form. It is a craft I much admire! I have NO such...

Cutting for Stone — Abraham Verghese

Cutting for Stone — Abraham Verghese

I loved this book. The author, a medical school professor, goes into immense detail about surgical procedures, which is fascinating but sometimes gets a bit long. The story and the characters, the setting in Ethiopia, and the interweaving of characters' lives is...

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