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New Title Tuesday: The Unmade Bed By Stephen Marche

  My New Title Tuesday recommendation, The Unmade Bed: The Messy Truth About Men and Women in the 21st Century  by Stephen Marche, made me curious to see how a man would “mansplain” the gender divide to women.  But, he played it a bit safe by stating on the cover that his wife, editor Sarah Fulford, provided commentary on the book.  OK,… Continue reading New Title Tuesday: The Unmade Bed By Stephen Marche

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New Title Tuesday: Shining City by Tom Rosenstiel

This week’s New Title Tuesday, Shining City by Tom Rosenstiel, is a novel that promises to take readers inside the Washington D.C. seats of power.   Frankly, because the news feeds are saturated with real (and fake) political news and scandals, I was hesitant to check it out.  But then I read these lines from the… Continue reading New Title Tuesday: Shining City by Tom Rosenstiel

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Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor

Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor http://search.illinoisheartland.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=263.1033.0.0.3&cn=3505203 The New Title Tuesday recommendation, Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor, is a realistic and pithy exploration of the struggle of being a teenager – which is bad enough with the stress of navigating romantic relationships, the social caste system of high school, making good grades, and… Continue reading Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor

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Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy

  At first glance, it may appear that the New Title Tuesday recommendation, Thrill Me Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy, is targeted at English teachers and students.  But then I realized it would also appeal to anyone who aspires to write the next-great-American-novel, which of course, considerably broadens the pool or potential readers. Once I… Continue reading Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy

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Robert B. Parker’s Revelation, by Robert Knott

I resolved this year to read books outside of my usual go-to list, so this week’s New Title Tuesday recommendation is Robert B. Parker’s Revelation, by Robert Knott. Shoot-em-up Westerns were standard TV and movie fare in the 50’s and 60’s, and there is something to be said about the moral hero enforcing justice in… Continue reading Robert B. Parker’s Revelation, by Robert Knott

5 Star Fridays · non fiction · Reader's Advisory

How to Read a Poem, by Edward Hirsch

The Five Star Favorite is sponsored this week by National Poetry Month. I freely admit that I cannot analyze or intelligently discuss the form, meter, or meaning of a poem; however, that does not mean I can’t enjoy the rarified stillness and awe that verse can instill. Nonetheless, I picked up How to Read a… Continue reading How to Read a Poem, by Edward Hirsch

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The Boat Rocker by Ha Jin

The Boat Rocker by Ha Jin is this week’s New Title Tuesday recommendation because it is timely, occasionally darkly humorous, and provides insight to the consequences of acting on principle and the limits of a free press. Summary:  New York, 2005. Chinese expatriate Feng Danlin is a fiercely principled reporter  at a small news agency that produces a… Continue reading The Boat Rocker by Ha Jin