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.

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk, MD

When I began reading this book last week, my first thought was How did I miss this? Subtitled “Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma,” this fascinating exploration of trauma and its various treatments was first published in … Continue reading

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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME by Mark Haddon

I first read this remarkable novel the year it came out (in 2003), and I remember thinking it was one of those rare books that both young adults and adult-adults would enjoy. It spent many weeks on the New York … Continue reading

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MY LATEST BOOK…

“Whether you know much about charter schools or not, you have probably—at some point in your life—wondered: Why is K-12 education the way it is? Why isn’t it more the way I want it to be? People have asked themselves … Continue reading

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MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by Lori Gottlieb

If you’ve ever been in therapy—and let’s face it, who hasn’t? (but, PS, if you haven’t, you probably should)—you know what it’s like to need someone to talk to when you’re in crisis, and you know that while therapy helps, … Continue reading

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A WELL-BEHAVED WOMAN by Therese Anne Fowler

Coincidentally, a few months before I read Therese Anne Fowler’s latest novel focused on another dynamic woman in history (her previous gem was ZELDA), I visited some friends in Asheville, North Carolina and took an eye-popping tour of the Biltmore … Continue reading

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CALYPSO by David Sedaris

If you are not already familiar with David Sedaris’s writing, then you should start with ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY, for reasons which I’ve explained here. Then, read everything else he’s written. He has a dysfunctional family (Who doesn’t?) and … Continue reading

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BECOMING by Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama’s memoir, BECOMING, is a humble, honest account of what so far has been an amazing life. “When I was a kid,” she begins, “my aspirations were simple. I wanted a dog. I wanted a house that had stairs … Continue reading

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THE FIFTH RISK by Michael Lewis

What I have loved about Michael Lewis’s writing, from LIAR’S POKER forward, is how he follows his intellectual curiosity to investigate timely problems then tells engaging stories to explain these problems and shed light on the people trying to solve … Continue reading

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THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orlean

I read Susan Orlean’s latest book in half-hour installments for two reasons: 1) because I’ve been exhausted from long rush-hour drives to and from work, and 2) because her sentences warrant patient appreciation. In fact, THE LIBRARY BOOK, a mélange … Continue reading

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ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman

Like many people who answer, “I’m fine” when they are anything but, the title character of Gail Honeyman’s first novel is not, in fact, completely fine. Some colleagues in the office where she works think she’s “mental,” and on some … Continue reading

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