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Still by Lauren Winner

I borrowed Lauren Winner’s new book, Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, at the beginning of the summer from a friend.  And I still haven’t returned it. It’s one of those books that you can read in one sitting if you don’t stop yourself, so after I read about half of it, I sort of …

Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire by Rafe Esquith

I picked up Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire by Rafe Esquith about his years of teaching in a rough Los Angeles neighborhood because I am always intrigued by stories about teachers who are able to have success in schools where the odds are against them. Some of my favorite movies have a similar storyline. …

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The Great Wide Sea

Every year I give the kids a new book on the first day of summer. I picked The Great Wide Sea by M. H. Herlong out for Ben because in addition to the appealing cover and exciting storyline, the main character’s name is Ben. He read it the first day of summer, handed it to …

The Fiddler’s Gun by Pete Peterson

I bought The Fiddler’s Gun for my boys a while back because it’s an adventure story set during the American revolution.  And because there are some pirates. So when I was packing for our trip, I grabbed it for them to read but then I ended up starting it.  Completely taken in, I stayed up …

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair

This week I’ve been reading a memoir about reading.  I’m all inside of books within books within books.  My mind is sort of a wonderful twist and tangle of titles and quotes and all the ways books relate to life and characters mirror friends. Nina Sankovitch decides she is going to read a book a …

The Invisible Bridge

A few weeks ago, I happened upon a collection of short stories by Julie Orringer called How to Breathe Underwater.  The last story, entitled Stations of the Cross, drew my attention and so I read it first.  I was enraptured.  The story drew me in and has haunted me in the weeks since.  I flipped …

World War II in China and Russia

Currently Reading: Books about World War II in China and Russia The Distant Land of my Father by Bo Caldwell The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean In the last several days I’ve experienced World War II from the cell of a Japanese war prison in China and from the cellar of the Hermitage museum …

Watch for The Light

I’m reading through this treasure of a book for Advent this year called Watch for the Light.  Already I have been so blessed by the musings of Kathleen Norris, Bernard of Clairvaux and Karl Rahner. Today’s reading opened with this poem by St Thomas Aquinas. Light of lights! All gloom dispelling, Thou didst come to …

Planting Dandelions by Kyran Pittman

I have been laughing for a week reading Kyran Pittman’s memoir of that which is everyday and near. I knew I was going to love Planting Dandelions when I read these words from the introduction, I believe in seeking.  I believe ardently that you should drop everything and run toward your true self, as far …

Mennonite in A Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen

I read Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen on the plane to California last week and I laughed out loud.  I had to board the plane late because of strange tornado happenings at the Little Rock airport, so I didn’t get to sit by my Grandmother. But I made the best of a …

Looking For Salvation at the Dairy Queen

I have book club this weekend and this month’s book is Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore. This sweet story about a girl trying to escape from a small town is a fun, light read. Perfect for the beach. Or maybe a cruise. Mostly I think I enjoyed it because …

Walking With The Wind: A Memoir of the Movement

For about three weeks, I’ve been reading John Lewis’ book, Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement. John Lewis was the youngest of a group of Civil Rights’ leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,  who were at the time of the march on Washington in 1963 considered to be the Big Six …

A Raisin In The Sun

I went to a play yesterday morning for a school field trip. I was excited to see a play that I had read and forgotten from a long time ago. High school perhaps?  Maybe I saw the movie in class. Sidney Poitier was in it. A Raisin in the Sun I remembered that it was …

I Am Hutterite by Mary Ann Kirkby

My aunt Jeanne, with whom I share very similar taste in stories, sent me this recent memoir of a girl who grew up in a Hutterite colony called I Am Hutterite.  I had never before heard of Hutterites, but the group is over 500 years old and live communally in parts of Canada and the …