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Four Short Book Reviews

Screaming at the Ump by Audrey Vernick This middle-grade novel’s narrator is sixth-grader Casey Snowden, a baseball-writer-wannabe whose father and grandfather run the third best (out of three) umpiring schools in America. The supporting cast of Screaming at the Ump … Continue reading

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Review: PROVENCE, 1970: M. F. K. FISHER, JULIA CHILD, JAMES BEARD, AND THE REINVENTION OF AMERICAN TASTE by Luke Barr

Provence, 1970 puts us around the table with M. F. K. Fisher, Julia and Paul Child, James Beard, and other notable foodies from last century. These iconic American chefs and authors were all in southern France during the winter of … Continue reading

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Six Short Book Reviews from June, 2013

Here are six quick reviews of books I’ve read over the past few weeks. Some were cross-posted in other places, but I want to have them all in one spot. Maybe one of these titles will appeal to you. Outlaw: … Continue reading

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Review: SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR by Matthew Quick

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick My rating: 5 of 5 stars Amber Appleton’s life could be considered miserable. She is homeless and living in a bus. Abandoned by her father, Amber loves her mother, but her mother … Continue reading

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Review: JUDGING A BOOK BY ITS LOVER by Lauren Leto

Judging a Book by Its Lover: A Field Guide to the Hearts and Minds of Readers Everywhere by Lauren Leto My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m not the most consistent ratings-giver. My rankings are based on how well the … Continue reading

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Review: SING ME BACK HOME: LOVE, DEATH, AND COUNTRY MUSIC by Dana Jennings

Sing Me Back Home: Love, Death, and Country Music by Dana Jennings My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m not giving Sing Me Back Home 5 stars because I think everyone should read it. I’m giving it 5 stars because … Continue reading

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Review: FEEL-BAD EDUCATION by Alfie Kohn

Feel Bad Education by Alfie Kohn My rating: 4 of 5 stars Alfie Kohn has made sense to me for more than a decade, ever since a colleague recommended Kohn’s book Punished by Rewards and enthusiastically implemented a no-grade policy … Continue reading

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Review: NINETEEN MINUTES by Jodi Picoult

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult My rating: 3 of 5 stars I admired the first half of Jodi Picoult’s Nineteen Minutes. Based on what others have told me about her books, I expected it to be melodramatic, predictable, and manipulative. … Continue reading

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Review: DRIVE by Daniel H. Pink

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink My rating: 5 of 5 stars I usually start twitching when business management models are applied to schools, but Daniel Pink’s observations about motivation are highly transferable to … Continue reading

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Review: MISTER WONDERFUL by Daniel Clowes

Mister Wonderful: A Love Story by Daniel Clowes My rating: 2 of 5 stars Marshall is on a blind date. He desperately wants it to work, or at least not crash and burn. As he tells the story of what … Continue reading

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