Monthly Archives: September 2011

THE BULLFIGHTER CHECKS HER MAKEUP by Susan Orlean

When you think about it, there are perhaps hundreds of novelists and short story writers whose work you might want to read, but shockingly few great essayists.  For me, that short list would include Russell Baker (my idol), David Sedaris, … Continue reading

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MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS by Tracy Kidder

In one of my favorite poems, “Wild Geese,” Mary Oliver concludes: “Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,/ the world offers itself to your imagination,/ calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –/ over and over announcing … Continue reading

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THE ART OF RESILIENCE by Carol Orsborn

The events of September 11th reminded us, as tragedies often do, that you never know how long you have.  So, carpe diem.  That’s the good news: we can appreciate our lives more fully if we savor each day as though … Continue reading

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THE KITE RUNNER by Khaled Hosseini

Sometimes when we are fighting a war in another country (which unfortunately we’ve been doing for years now), we forget that some people in that country AREN’T our enemies.  We hear the news about roadside bombs in foreign lands, and … Continue reading

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THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT

September 11th, 2001:  Particularly if you lived on the East Coast near New York City or Washington, DC, you remember that day.  It was a clear day: perfectly clear, impossibly clear, painfully clear.  Not a cloud in the sky.  You … Continue reading

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MINDSET by Carol S. Dweck

One of my favorite quotes is, “A man with a hammer sees everything as a nail.”  I like how this sentence captures an important truth: our perspective shapes our actions.  In other words, our mindset affects how we behave.  In … Continue reading

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IF ON A WINTER’S NIGHT A TRAVELER by Italo Calvino

Having spent the better part of the afternoon writing half a page about incomplete sentences (for a book I’m writing on literacy instruction), it occurred to me that the most apt selection for today’s post would be IF ON A … Continue reading

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JOHN ADAMS by David McCullough

“Go big or go home!”  I think I first heard this expression from my adventurous younger sister, who has traveled widely, often in search of larger waves.  I was trying to figure out how to explain my fondness for JOHN … Continue reading

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HEADS YOU LOSE by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward

Even though we’re watching the last few days of summer slip by, it’s not too late to gulp down a funny mystery.  If you haven’t indulged in THE SPELLMAN FILES by Lisa Lutz, for example, you should start there.  Picture … Continue reading

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THE RIVER OF DOUBT by Candice Millard

Anyone who has seen NYC Mayor Bloomberg “speak Spanish” in a press conference has probably noticed that he appears to be pronouncing the words with somewhat of a New York accent and possibly with a gun pressed to his back. … Continue reading

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