Straight Outta Hate

Over Thanksgiving Break I read two books back to back that I feel have to be discussed in tandem. They worked so beautifully together and I have become an evangelist for both of them. Inevitably, any discussion I have about one leads into conversation about the other. That said, you don't have to read them... Continue Reading →


Trespassing to Freedom, Part 2

America is, by many accounts and estimations, the "land of the free and the home of the brave." A few people have challenged that view in both large and small ways, from my foreign exchange student from Brazil who asked in a recent socratic seminar, "Why do you say it as if you are the... Continue Reading →

Trespassing to Freedom

I just finished reading two books back to back, and I want to talk about both of them, but I feel like they each deserve their own spotlight, and then maybe after, I'll be able to follow-up with a post that brings them together. The first book I read is called The Girl with Seven Names:... Continue Reading →

Confronting All American Racism

In the past couple of years I have read The Hate U Give, How it Went Down, Dear Martin, Monster,  Growing up X,  Long Way Down, The Poet X, and Ta-Nehesi Coates's Between the World and Me to name a few. Meanwhile All American Boys has sat on my shelf, staring at me, wondering when they day would... Continue Reading →

The Good Demon

Here's the non-spoilery portion of this review - The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas is a good read. It's engaging. It's interesting. It's a wicked cool premise with a "rural urban fantasy" feel. By that I mean, it has that gritty urban fantasy feel, but it's set in a modern rural area. Clare is our protagonist.... Continue Reading →

Saudi America

Saudi America: The Truth About Fracking and How It’s Changing the World *Disclaimer - I was sent a free ARC of this book for review purposes. I then used it as a model for a classroom assignment in which students were asked to write a 5 paragraph rationale for using their chosen book in a... Continue Reading →

Station Eleven

READ THIS BOOK! But seriously, it's amazing. One of my favorite sci-fi books in the world is Warren Hammond's Tides of Maritinia. It's futuristic, it's real, it's gritty, but it's also human, and hopeful in a way that gave me ALL THE FEELS. This book has some echoes of that novel in the scenes on Station... Continue Reading →

Taking a breath to write & reflect

I've been remiss about writing and reviewing my summer reads. Mostly because it feels so good to have to read for pleasure rather than for planning and teaching that I've just sort of wrapped myself up in the words and wallowed in the joy of prose again. I have to say, this first year of... Continue Reading →

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