Author Archive

Price of Duty

December 8, 2018

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I just finished reading Price of Duty by Todd Strasser. Admittedly, this is not normally the type of book that I would read. However, I am glad that I did as sometimes it is good to have a reminder of the issues that arise from the United States being a country that technically is at war.

The story follows Jake Liddell who has just returned home a “war hero” after being seriously injured when his convoy is attacked while he is deployed overseas. Many of his friends died. He saw and did things that are unimaginable.

The war has followed him back. He needs pills to get any sleep, a young woman is trying to persuade him into speaking out against military recruitment tactics, and his famous military general grandfather is already urging him back onto the battlefield. He doesn’t know what to do; nothing makes sense anymore. Will he do what is expected of him? Will he keep up the charade that the war in the Middle East is for a just cause?

 

Dumplin’ Trailer!

December 2, 2018

The trailer for the upcoming Netflix adaptation of Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy is out! If you loved the book like I did, you will like how the screen version seems to follow closely to the story! I CAN’T WAIT!!!

Holiday Movie Night!

November 25, 2018

Come one, come all!

Duende

November 19, 2018

After reading the poem published in the last issue of the NY Times Magazine (every week they feature a poem), I have become a fan of our current poet laureate, Tracy K. Smith. I’ll post the poem here:

He will surely take it out when you’re alone
And let it dangle between you like a locket on a chain.
Like any world, it will flicker with lights that mean dwellings,
Traffic, a constellation of need. Tiny clouds will drag shadows
Across the plane. He’ll grin watching you squint, deciphering
Rivers, borders, bridges arcing up from rock. He’ll recite
Its history. How one empire swallowed another. How one
Civilization lasted 3,000 years with no word for eternity.
He’ll guide your hand through the layers of atmosphere,
Teach you to tamper with the weather. Swinging it
Gently back and forth, he’ll swear he’s never shown it
To anyone else before.

 

In any case, I have begun reading her work, most recently her collection Duende. I would highly suggest you look into her poetry – she is amazing!

The Library Book

November 10, 2018

I am not finished with this book yet – but I love it so far! The Library Book by Susan Orlean is for book and Library lovers, or anyone who knows and loves the quirky personalities of Library visitors.

The book chronicles the Los Angeles Public Library fire of 1986. But also is a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.

If you think that a book like this might be boring and filled with facts – you are wrong! Orlean’s writing and obviously thoroughly researched story is a joy to read so far, check it out!index


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