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In Person: Jacqueline Woodson, May 8, 2015

Join us on Friday May 8 for an engaging conversation with 2014 National Book Award Winner, Jacqueline Woodson

2014 National Book Award Winner for her memoir,  148 more words

Literary Events

Looking For Alaska

Aside from the unintended snow reference, the perfect picture to synthesize the message of John Green’s Looking for Alaska is a shot of a beautiful snowy street. 180 more words

brown girl dreaming (Woodson)

This memoir in verse, and the fact that it’s written with an eye on and ear for Woodson’s usual YA audience, is just remarkable. She evokes characters and places with subtle and sparse strokes. 241 more words


The Good Lord Bird (McBride)

At first, I was reluctant to pick up this book. Though The Color of Water was useful, it was too long and somewhat thin. Then I delayed because I’m generally not fond of fictional lives of historical characters. 204 more words


A Few Words on "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian"

This book, by Sherman Alexie, is a great coming of age story about identity. The main character, Junior as he’s called on the rez or Arnold amongst the “white kids”, is very relatable because he is funny in his delivery and honest in what he says. 248 more words

brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My only reading goal for 2015 is to read more poetry. Without design—just luck of the queue at the library— 820 more words


Book Review: Redeployment, by Phil Klay

“We are part of a long tradition of suffering.”

Books about war–and particularly short story collections about war–always suffer in my mind because they inevitably get compared to what I believe is the greatest war collection of all time:  406 more words

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