The Writing Life - Annie Dillard
I have always loved reading books about writing. My own desire to write has been with me my whole life. It waxes and wanes in frequency and intensity but I love learning about authors. I love to know how and why they write.
Boys and Girls Forever - Alison Lurie
For about six years I have been obsessed with children's literature, it's history, it's impact. These essays are great and focus on some classic children's novels I have passively dismissed. (As I commonly do, I have a classic phobia.) This book has inspired me to visit the stories that have been on the fringe of my consciousness throughout life.
Nothing But the Truth - Avi
This is a great young adult novel. For many years I have wanted to be a teacher. I have wanted to use this book as one of my opening lessons.
The Black Book: Diary of a Teenage Stud - Jonah Black
I read this book several years ago. At the time everyone was talking about it, it seems since then it has gone out of vogue. I was searching for a book about boarding school, since that was an important experience of high school. First I was going with Catcher in the Rye but it wasn't very me. And I have always hated A Separate Peace. What makes The Black Book special? It fills the void of relevant midteen fiction. Not only does it fit an age demographic that many young adult novel miss but the main character is male. I am totally in love with the style of story telling.
The Country of Pointed Firs - Sarah Orne Jewett
I was trying to find some good New England writing. Something that had really spoken to me. The writing in this book is absolutely overwhelming.
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