How to Find a Great Book

How to Find a Great Book

“Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. As by the one, health is preserved, strengthened, and invigorated: by the other, virtue (which is the health of the mind) is kept alive, cherished, and confirmed.” – Joseph Addison One of the...
My 5 Favorite Books of 2015

My 5 Favorite Books of 2015

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. —Frederick Douglass Given my love of reading and books, I read a lot. When I’m in the middle of a book I can’t put down, I read and read and walk around with my book, stirring pots of food for my...
The Shell Seekers

The Shell Seekers

“This is one of my all-time favorites, for the beauty of the story, and the beauty in the language and writing. A breath-taking story of the pull and tugs of family with those who take and those who give. Loved this one.”   I wrote the lines above on...
The Nightingale: a New Book, a Must-Read

The Nightingale: a New Book, a Must-Read

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars   It’s rare to...
We Are Called to Rise

We Are Called to Rise

We never know how high we are Till we are called to rise; And then, if we are true to plan, Our statures touch the skies—  -Emily Dickinson A few weeks back, I read We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride. After I turned the final page, I wrote this at Goodreads (where...
11 Favorite Quotes from Classic Literature

11 Favorite Quotes from Classic Literature

 On art and literature: “A great deal has been written about art, but only recently has research begun in earnest about what goes on in the mind and brain when reading literature.” – K. Oatley & M. Dijikic in the New York Times, 12/21/14  ...
My 5 Favorite Books of 2014

My 5 Favorite Books of 2014

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. —Frederick Douglass   Given my love of reading and books, I read a lot. Daily, while on the elliptical, in the car pickup line, before bed– and when I’m in the middle of a book I can’t put down,...
Station Eleven, one of my favorite books of 2014

Station Eleven, one of my favorite books of 2014

 “She tried to imagine and place herself in that other, shadow life. You walk into a room and flip a switch and the room fills with light. … When you’re in danger, you call for the police. Hot water pours from faucets. Lift a receiver or press a button on a telephone,...