Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category

“If it’s raining, it’s always Billie Holiday.” There are so many things Navigating Early, by Clare Vanderpool, gets right. This is a story about navigation, first of all, and it begins with being lost. Everyone in this book has lost something or someone, and each in some way must find a way home. Jack Baker […]

I really have to thank Sumner County, Tennessee for introducing me to the work of John Green. The Fault In Our Stars was published in January 2012 by Dutton Books . . . and I’m impressed. This is a romantic book, but not a Romance, and a book about hope, but not Hope. The main […]

The Book Thief


When the narrator of the novel is Death, it’s hard to imagine that all will end well. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, is narrated by Death and takes place in Germany between 1939 and 1945. True, Death plays a major role in the story and the times, but the protagonist is Liesel Meminger, who […]

Ship Breaker


Paulo Bacigalupi’s Ship Breaker won this year’s Printz Award. Bacigalupi won a Hugo Award for his sci-fi novel, The Windup Girl, and has written a couple of novellas and a collection of short stories, but this is his first YA novel. Nailer is 17, and he’s still alive and working because he’s small–he can fit […]

Busy weekend; I attended a CPI retreat. We had Ken Eisold in as a consultant. Dr. Eisold is a psychoanalyst, organizational consultant and author of  What You Don’t Know You Know: Our Hidden Motives in Life, Business, and Everything Else. His blog, What You Don’t Know You Know, is well worth reading. I did just […]



Long post today. Mockingjay is the third book in Suzanne Collins wildly popular Hunger Games series, and it came out two days ago, so I’ve had the chance to read it carefully and to think about it and process it a little, but not to do my usual second read . . . and I’m […]

Before I start I must make a confession. Yesterday Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay came out, and instead of writing this post after work last night I spent the evening compulsively reading the third book in the Hunger Games trilogy. The difference between the two books could not be more stark. Truth be told, I think I like […]