Not only is this an amazing personal story about a young girl born into slavery in the Great Dismal Swamp area of VA/NC in the early 1860's, but it truly is a work of art. The poetry flows so sensitively you suspect you are Grace.
We all have our own personal stories-when we were born, who our parents are, what we did when we were 2. What if-it is all turned upside down?
What if-you are not you-you are someone else? Lyra & Gemma each tell their own stories of who they think they are & how they meet-only to find they are...someone else?...each other? An intriguing mystery.
Title: Another Brooklyn
A song for youth lost, for freindship's promise, for executing tragedy, on the day-to-day stage of Brooklyn... or any where in the USA. This is a fine piece of Jacqueline Woodson's work.
This book is a storyteller's paradise. rushdie wields his magician's wand of words - POW! climate change (beware the jinn making mayhem) - ZAP! gender issues (are they jinn or jiniri?) - ZING! religion (tread tenderly)
Is this really a world open to the raw energy of the jinn or have we sewn tightly the tear between the worlds of imagination and practicality? A pleasure to read.
YOU MUST READ THIS ALOUD...TO YOURSELF, TO YOUR FRIENDS... RAP, SHOUT, MEWL, MOAN, SING... THE POETRY IS EQUISITE. OH, & THE STORY, WELL, THIS IS NICK HALL'S 12TH YEAR & LIFE IS NOT THE BEST. HAVE YOU EVER HAD ONE OF THOSE YEARS?
Title: Cloth Lullaby
This is one beautiful book!
This biography of sculptress Louise Bourgeois brings in all the senses. The music of Verdi and the river, the sparkling stars, the textures of textiles, wood, and metal, the emotions of color all help us to understand Louise and her artwork.
Title: How the Sun Got to Coco's House
- 1 day watching the sun rise
- 1 globe
- 1 book
Where is that sun rising? Can you put your finger on the globe as you turn the pages?
I love these pictures. So homey, so uniquely other.
Ingredient #4: Watch a sunset!
Where does the sun go as it disappears from Coco's yard?
Bookseller: LaurenTitle: Samira and the SkeletonsComments:
Sometimes- when you learn new things- UGH!
(it's not what you want to learn)
But- that is the way life is-
that's what Samira and her friend discover.
Wonderfully expressive illustrations!
What do you think of h
Are they fun?
Are they scary?
Now, Toby prefers a parachute- ready for "that moment"
Love those illustrations.
Title: Night GardenerComments:
I LOVE trees!
I have an apple tree I prune each February. The rest of my trees, I let go where they will, for I love their wildness & how the wind plays in them.
The Night Gardener comes to William's neighborhood, one tree by one tree, he wakes up the neighborhood and sets William wondering.
Title: Hammer and Nails
An all around fun book to share with your young princess.
Title: Thirteen Ways of Looking
YES, 13 WAYS OF LOOKING, MAYBE MORE. &, IT ISN'T JUST BEING PLIED WITH WORDS-THOUGH THEY FOCUS THE EYE; COLUM MCCANN ISN;T SATISFIED UNTIL WE'VE PLACED OUR VERY HEARTS INTO THE RHYMES & RHYTHEMS OF THE STORIES. AGAIN, I WAS MESMERIZED & MY HEART IS OPEN.
Title: Fortune Smiles
Deep, despite the length. Each story followed me around for days.
The intendity of loss eminating from "Interesting facts" -- told from the wife's perspective, but obviously, by the end, the story the husband tells himself -- is both unsettling and intriguing.
Do take some moments to enjoy these thoughts and perspectives of a sesitive, skillful writer.
Title: Connect the Stars
Middle school- summer camp- survival in the deser- 4 teens not expecting much- But- the days are filled with HEAVENS and HELL. Somedays it is hard to tell the 2 apart. Then Daphne- Miss Pain in the... disappears! Does the "Jare" have anything to do with it?
A gripping, thoughtful story.
Title: The Complete Stories
A lifetime of writing from Brazilian author Clarice Lispector.
From earlist work to final stories, this book gives readers the chance to watch/listen to a writer grow- and oh, what a writer!
Whether she lets you into the minds of the actors or just lets you watch the action, she demands that you NOT stand apart- can you, now? And those words... I am mesmerized.
Title: Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer
SOPHIE & HER FAMILY HAVE MOVED FAR, FAR AWAY FROM THE CITY TO HER GREAT-UNCLE JIM'S FARM. EVERYTHING IS OLD, EVERYTHING IS BROKEN..THENA CHICKEN ARRIVES..SOPHIE DECIDES TO TRY A HAND AT CHICKEN FARMING. SHE HAS A LOT TO LEARN, BUT GREGORY & THE LIBRARIAN & THEN CHRIS ALL HELP HER AS, MY! A 2ND CHICKEN ARRIVES & THEN AT 3RD. HOW MANY CHICKENS DID GREAT UNCLE JIM HAVE? AND, WAS SOMEONE STEALING THEM? WHAT STRANGE CHICKENS!
Title: I Refuse
Per Petterson sits down with his map of Tommy's & Jim's lives and points out this—see this—this crucial moment. Was it the one that sent Jim off one edge of that thin, thin line of coping with life or not? And what about Tommy? And why? If you have ever been left contemplating the suicidal death of a good friend this book is an honest companion, if not a comfortable one.
Title: H is for Hawk
A book of impossible ingredients:
- Helen MacDonald
- T.H. White
- English countryside
- Medieval history
- Social & environmental commentary
The casserole is delicious - wonderful words, exquisite descriptions, thoughtful observations.
A book that is a pleasure to read aloud.
Title: New Small Person
Sibling rivalry- an age old phenomenon. Elmore is worth following though- so far from boring.
The small person must wait until the 3rd to Last Page to have A Name- Albert but- such is life.
Then comes... do they both love ORANGE Jelly Beans?
Title: Brown Girl Dreaming
A poetic memoir by an excellent writer. The very real world of Greenville, SC and NYC in the 1960s and the dreaminess of a writer in the making are sketched with a deft graceful stroke.
Title: The Siege
Imagine, the dawning of the Age of Enlightenment- Napoleon has Europe in all out battle OR under siege - as Cadiz is in this story.
One toe dipping into the inquiries of science, the remainder standing at the shore of a roiling sea- Rogelio Tizon, commisario of police must use every means available to him to solve the inexplicable, bloody deaths of 7 young girls.
Ah, a story to savor - the details of history, of psychology, of the sea, of Cadiz, of science and - of love.
Title: The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
OK, I am a real sap for a story well-told. The subject could be anything- at all- add a few tasty, savory words- just a few to force me to slow down, chew a bit- and I am off- free.
Come join me in the reverie!
Beautfully written, beautifully illustrated. An inspiration for young dancers- young... people with BIG dreams and small possibilities (who said THAT?!).
Enjoy the colors, enjoy the story.
Title: At the Existenialist Cafe
COME, HAVE A SEAT, GET TO KNOW THE PEOPLE BEHIND THOSE TOMES OF EXISTENTIAL PHILOSOPHY. WE'RE IN PARIS-AFTER ALL-RELAX-SARAH BAKEWELL INTRODUCES US TO EACH, HELPS US WARM TO THEIR IDIOSYNCRASIES, THE COMPLEXITIES OF THEIR WRITINGS & THE AMBIGUITIES THEY STROVE TO ADDRESS. YOU CANNOT HELP BUT GET UP FROM THE TABLE SATISFIED & A READY TO READ JUST A BIT DEEPER INTO THESE RASCALS' PHILOSOPHY.
Title: Bring Up the Bodies
Comments: Welcome to Part 2 of Hilary Mantel's fictional history of Thomas Cromwell. We saw his rise to power in Wolf Hall, now, let us tread slowly & carefully as he makes his way up to the very crest of power.
Oh, how his thoughts change! There is still the glimmer of a tender heart - but - HARK! Read on -- Such a pleasure!