Author Archives: OnlyGoodBooks

About OnlyGoodBooks

Creator of The Literacy Cookbook (www.literacycookbook.com), I am an educational consultant who also happens to love to read incessantly. I found myself referring friends to so many books that it seemed like time to create a blog to record all of these recommendations. So here it is.

BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah’s memoir BORN A CRIME (subtitled Stories from a South African Childhood) is actually three books in one: an insider’s account of what it was like for a mixed-race person to grow up in South Africa during apartheid, a … Continue reading

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LOVE WARRIOR by Glennon Doyle Melton

The first thing you need to know is that I read this book, which is 272 pages long, in one sitting. That should tell you something. LOVE WARRIOR, Glennon Doyle Melton’s memoir, is ostensibly about what she did after she … Continue reading

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DARK MONEY by Jane Mayer

Even though I knew Jane Mayer’s DARK MONEY (subtitled The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right) would be impeccably written and assiduously fact-checked (she writes for The New Yorker, and they are known for … Continue reading

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OUTLINE by Rachel Cusk

Reading Rachel Cusk’s luminous novel OUTLINE, I was reminded of how much I love stories that involve travelers. Probably because the notion of boarding a plane or train implies adventure and the prospect of meeting new people and learning something, … Continue reading

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ALL THE SINGLE LADIES by Rebecca Traister

When I was a senior in college in 1986, Newsweek published a cover story proclaiming that college-educated women who failed to marry in their 20s faced abysmal odds of marrying at all. At the time, I had two reactions: 1) … Continue reading

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BORN TO RUN by Bruce Springsteen

To some degree or another, we all inherit our parents’ pain. They inherited their parents’ pain, and their parents inherited their parents’ pain, and so on. It’s our emotional DNA. The question is what we do with it. We might … Continue reading

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THE SUMMER BEFORE THE WAR by Helen Simonson

Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, which I also loved, has produced another comforting installment for those of us inclined to cuddle up under a blanket. Whether you are suffering from the flu or simply trying not to … Continue reading

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YOU’LL GROW OUT OF IT by Jessi Klein

My friend Anne had trouble reading this book. Not intellectually, but logistically. She had to keep taking off her glasses and wiping her eyes because she couldn’t stop laughing so hard that it made her weep. Jessi Klein is a … Continue reading

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A DEADLY WANDERING by Matt Richtel

We have all seen it: someone looking down while driving. Texting. Heck, I saw three people doing it yesterday, when I went out on my porch to check the mail. They were driving 25 miles per hour down a crowded … Continue reading

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HELPING CHILDREN SUCCEED by Paul Tough

In 2013, the United States reached a sad milestone: 51 percent of public school students now live in poverty. That’s right, 51 percent. More than every other child. In public schools. In this country. Live in poverty. Paul Tough’s previous … Continue reading

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