Recent Reads

Eh gads, this could be a long post.
In no particular order:

The Wild Things, by Dave Eggers. a delightful, scary, wonderful retelling of Maurice Sendak’s classic tale. Really, really well done.

Making Mischief: A Maurice Sendak Appreciation, by Gregory Maguire. very interesting. God, Sendak is good.

I Was Told There’d Be Cake
, by Sloane Crosley. Funny, witty essays, perfect for some light reading.

This Body of Death
, by Elizabeth George. Lord I love her. This is a tightly wound mystery in which everything seems unrelated and then suddenly springs together.

Travels with Alice, by Calvin Trillin. What I love most about Trillin is how his love for his (now late) wife shines through. Also, he’s funny.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, by Steig Larrson. Really, if you like mysteries and you haven’t read these, that’s just silly. True, the middle book of the Trilogy was not super great, but the first one was terrific and this one makes a fantastic conclusion. Could not put down.

The Lotus Eaters A wonderful, chilling book about several photojournalists during the Vietnam War.

Among Schoolchildren, by Tracy Kidder. A nonfictional account from the late 80s of a year in the life of a fifth grade classroom. Good. Scary.

Lighting Their Fires, by Rafe Esquith. I think I like this guy. I enjoyed his other books about teaching. He can be a bit simplistic, but overall, I think he makes some great points-and he is doing a great job with his kids.

NurtureShock: one of the best books about kids I’ve ever read. A wealth of fascinating information, new studies, and new ideas. See also the AskMoxie discussion.

And look for another version of Recent Reads next week!


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