{book} once begun

Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball Pantheon Books, 2014. 232 pages “The following work of fiction is partially based on fact.” Over the course of several months, eight people vanish from their homes in the same Japanese town, a single playing card found on each door. Known as the “Narito Disappearances,” the crime has authorities baffled—until aContinue reading “{book} once begun”

a lesson in fiction and non-

Day Ten: Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light by Tim Tingle, Illus. Karen Clarkson Cinco Puntos Press 2010. . In this powerful family saga, author Tim Tingle tells the story of his family’s move from Oklahoma Choctaw country to Pasadena, TX. Spanning 50 years, Saltypie describes the problems encountered by his Choctaw grandmother—from her orphan daysContinue reading “a lesson in fiction and non-“

here you go…

Day Eight: Here I Am by Patti Kim, pictures by Sonia Sánchez Capstone 2014…the Book trailer  . Newly arrived from their faraway homeland, a boy and his family enter into the lights, noise, and traffic of a busy American city. The language is unfamiliar. Food, habits, games, and gestures are puzzling. They boy clings tightly toContinue reading “here you go…”

an ideal picture book library

A short time ago, Natalya and I had to opportunity to attend a baby shower for a young couple in our community. As a way of exciting a thirteen-year-old only-child who has zero interest in most pre-fifth-grade children, let alone babies, I told her we would be gifting books. We love and make extensive use ofContinue reading “an ideal picture book library”

binding…and beautiful

Day Three: This is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson; illus. James Ransome  Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin group), 2013. This is the Rope has one of the prettiest picture book covers: the warm colors, the brush work, the suspended movement. In the little girl’s hands is the legacy to which the title alludes.Continue reading “binding…and beautiful”

a fortunate find

Day Two: Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas By Natasha Yim, Illustrated by Grace Zong Charlesbridge 2014.  “One Chinese New Year, Goldy Luck’s mother asks her to take a plate of turnip cakes to the neighbors. The Chans aren’t home, but that doesn’t stop Goldy. She tries out their rice porridge, their chairs, and their beds—with disastrousContinue reading “a fortunate find”


Day One:  Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes, illustrated by Sanjay Patel Chronicle Books, 2012. Includes “Authors’ Note” wherein some pronunciation help is provided. Ganesha is just like any other kid, except that he has the head of an elephant and rides around on a magical mouse. And he loves sweets, especiallyContinue reading “sweetness”

{book} the power & in just one body (of work)

Of note: my writing about an excellent short story collection equates to a long post. But I do give you a few paragraphs (up to the asterisks) before ~brief remarks on each of the stories. The Thing Around Your Neck : a collection of short stories by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Alfred A Knopf, 2009. Hardcover,Continue reading “{book} the power & in just one body (of work)”

{diversity in lit} access

You know how you study cannibalism in a literature course called “Dark Renaissance” and suddenly you can’t go a day without at least one allusion to cannibalism? Maybe not. But on almost a daily basis since the first of the year, I have been discovering people wanting to read more of those authors and/or protagonistsContinue reading “{diversity in lit} access”