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Apr.27.2010
I recently sat down to add an oldie but a goodie to my library, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. I don't know how I managed, but I missed this one in high school and college. After finishing it last night, I am in awe.  I always thought Shelley's work was groundbreaking, even if all I'd ever seen...
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Apr.21.2010
I have been thinking long and hard about what happens after I finish grad school in writing. What is the expectation? I'm already published, so it's not getting published per se, although I would like to move out of the minor, small press houses and up to the major, bigger houses. Is grad...
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Apr.14.2010
I never thought I'd see myself writing those words. My first go around with graduate school, ending in a PhD, was not exactly something I loved. It was a painful process with a lot of angst. When it was all over, I was convinced someone would show up one morning on my doorstep demanding my...
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Apr.14.2010
I never thought I'd see myself writing those words. My first go around with graduate school, ending in a PhD, was not exactly something I loved. It was a painful process with a lot of angst. When it was all over, I was convinced someone would show up one morning on my doorstep demanding my...
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Apr.07.2010
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin middle grade   Move over brothers Grimm, there is a new fairy tale weaver in town, Grace Lin. And the tales aren't scary! No cut off thumbs. No drown children. No wolves cross-dressing as grandmothers. Instead, the reader is whisked off to...
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Apr.02.2010
It has been so long since I had any revelations about being a writer. I think it's the trees blocking out the forest conundrum. I don't ever get out of the insular writer bubble to see how quirky I really am.  But... While I was in Virginia, I did manage to escape for a little bit. Ironically...
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Mar.25.2010
You know that one place (or maybe two) you've lived in that, from the moment you got there, just felt like home?  I've lived all over the Midwest, East Coast and Western Europe, and as luck would have it, that place, for me, is Charlottesville, Virginia. Every time I get back, I feel like I'...
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Mar.10.2010
It wasn't exactly what Dylan Thomas had in mind, but I'm still raging. Daylight Saving begins this weekend. I love that extra hour of sleep in November, but I'd gladly exchange it for no time change at all. Here in the heart of the Midwest,  we sit pretty badly for such an early change. It has just...
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Feb.17.2010
When I was growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, the Olympics were all about beating the Soviet Union. China was a dark force whom "we" didn't like very much, but the Soviet Union? Yeesh. Darth Vader, Sauron and Lex Luther all rolled up into one.   Have times changed. My family and I...
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Feb.02.2010
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie YA   It's a bit daunting to review a book that's won the National Book Award. I mean, does it get any better than that? Okay, there is the Pulitzer, or maybe the Nobel Prize, but hey, this is the National Book Award. Wow....
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Jan.05.2010
The Old Country by Mordica Gerstein   Alone Gerstein's name would lure me to read one of his books. It has such an interesting and old country sound to it. His middle grade novel, The Old Country, is, of course, even more intriguing.    Gisella, a famous violinist, tells her grandson the...
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Dec.16.2009
I wish I could blog about how thrilled I am to have completed my first semester at Vermont College, what a ride it's been, how much I've learned, how much better my writing has gotten, all of that good stuff, but today, this week's professional accomplishment has been entirely overshadowed by...
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Dec.09.2009
They say role reversal can pep up your marriage.  My husband is home this week chilling on the couch. I'm at work.   Okay, okay, I don't normally spend my days when he's not home on the couch in front of a roaring fire popping bon bons, but, you know, I sometimes get the impression my husband...
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Dec.02.2009
Bull Rider by Suzanne Morgan Williams upper middle grade/ya Drugs, sex, teenage pregnancy, you name it, children's authors write about it. Suzanne Morgan Williams is no different. She has taken on perhaps the mother of all controversial issues for this country, the war on terrorism. Bull Rider's...
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Nov.04.2009
Butt Wars By Andy Griffiths Age Range: ? ? ? My seven year-old brought this book home. It was the party favor at a birthday party. She was disappointed. Butt Wars? It sounded so boy boy boy. I was puzzled.  Butt in the title...of a middle grade?  I had to read it. Right after I convinced her...
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