My Copy: 9780867195965 (image from bn.com) Barefoot Gen, vol 5 has much the same as 4 did, and yet expands on the new realities of post-war Japan. Gen is getting less patient with hopeless attitudes and hypocrisy (which if you've been reading along, hypocrisy is the one thing he's NEVER been okay with in others). … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 5: Forever Changed, by Keiji Nakazawa
My Copy: 9780867195941 (image from bn.com) Barefoot Gen, vol. 3 continues with Gen and his mother Kimie still trying to find a place for them away from Hiroshima until thing stabilize. Gen picks up a stray kid, one he'd mistaken for his little brother in the last book, and he becomes part of the family, … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol. 3: Life After The Bomb, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)
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