My Copy: 978147874996 (image from bn.com) I've heard of some of the religious traditions mentioned in this book before, but I love the introductory presentation. Yes, some of this is intense and perplexing, but it also makes you try to imagine it and how you'd react to seeing it. That's what I like about Seth … Continue reading Sacred Cows: A lighthearted look at belief and tradition around the world, by Seth Andrews
My Copy: 9781935429043 (image from bn.com) Whew! This might be one of the shorter volumes--page wise--but not on impact. The players all seeking Akira out are starting to meet in the middle, and there's a helluva lot of damage that's going on in about a 24 hour span of time. And there's a big difference … Continue reading Akira (volume 3), by Katsuhiro Otomo
My Copy: 9781626251700 (image from bn.com) This book is pretty self-explanatory in what it's about. However, it was still an eye-opener, because it doesn't go for the easy, pigeon-hole answers and instead gets the reader to focus on the range of possibilities. The word "immature" has always been a strange one to me, because where's … Continue reading Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to heal from distant, rejecting, or self-involved parents, by Lindsay C. Gibson, PsyD.
Photo from NPR article linked to below, from Getty images A few months ago, with the church shooting outside of San Antonio, I asked a question about what would happen if we focused on the victims instead of the perpetrator. Well, thank you NPR--it's a start. This is the point. This is the result. And … Continue reading To me, this is the whole damned point…
I decided to rebel against this shit years ago, and my growing temper will make me keep it up. It hit me when I was a student teacher in the high school and had the classroom to myself for the first time. Well, one kid and his buddies decided to make my life a living … Continue reading #055–Why do we teach kids to say “I’m Sorry,” even if they don’t mean it, and that it makes everything okay?
My Copy: 0446364193 (image from goodreads.com) I admit, I watched the movie before I knew there was a book, and believe me, I think the book was better in most respects. Hell, the movie is barely anything like the book! So, I feel relieved having finally read this book cover to cover. Along Came a … Continue reading Along Came A Spider, by James Patterson
My Copy: 9780805210156 (image from wikipedia.com) I've had this book for a couple of years now and have read through it several times. I can't help it. When I read it, it shows me so much, and I just let myself absorb what I'm seeing and reading. But this time I went cover to cover, … Continue reading …I Never Saw Another Butterfly…: Children’s Drawings and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942-1944, ed. by Hana Volavkova
My Copy: 9781584301578 (image from umich.edu) I thumbed through my book collection when I got home this afternoon, desperate for a quiet and uplifting story after dealing with 30 screaming and hyped up students. I salute parents who can do holiday or birthday parties for kids, because I don't know how the hell you do … Continue reading Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story, by Ken Mochizuki & illustrated by Dom Lee
My Copy: 9780316074841 (image from ushmm.org) Tell Them We Remember is a concise overview of the Holocaust. As someone who has done research on the Holocaust ever since reading about Anne Frank (going on over 20 years now), I think this book is a fantastic introduction to the subject matter for younger readers, say middle … Continue reading Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust, by Susan D. Bachrach
My Copy: 9780060248024 (image from fanpop.com) Shel Silverstein is the man. He's an amazing, fun writer, illustrator, and has loads of imagination to spare. It's early to be thinking about Christmas shopping, but when it comes down to it, Shel Silverstein is the one author I'd give to a kid no matter how old they … Continue reading Falling Up, by Shel Silverstein