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teacher & reader

Year-end book lists (2014)

Favorite book lists=one of my favorite things about the year’s end.  (That and the promise of the solstice.) From NY times book critics, “Their Shelf Life Will Continue.” Interesting after really enjoying Americanah this year–two more books about negotiating between … Continue reading

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The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch by Donna Tarte Halfway through this complex & beautifully crafted book.  Another coming-of-age story, our little protagonist, who resembles Harry Potter, is part David Copperfield, part Holden Caulfield.  Can’t put it down.  Love the fully realized characters. …

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The Good Lord Bird

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Written by James McBride, author of the widely appreciated The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to his White Mother, this historical fiction won the National Book Award.  Narrated by an adolescent boy disguised … Continue reading

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Creative Reading

“There is creative reading as well as creative writing.”    –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Summer Reading

Just for a lark, check out the summer reading photo collection from Slate at http://todayspictures.slate.com/20110722/

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A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

I really liked A Visit From the Goon Squad.  I thought it was a dense, courageously experimental novel. That being said, I did not care for the opening chapter—I was afraid I would be stuck with Sasha for the entire book—I did not … Continue reading

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Welcome & “The Rereading Project”

This past summer, as I reflected on our summer reading, Dan Coyle’s The Talent Code, and his term “deep practice,” I kept thinking that I wanted our students to engage in deep practice in terms of reading, and that rereading … Continue reading

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