My Brilliant Friend

HBO's adaptation of Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend is bellissimo! A Love Story With Books I married my husband, Ole, because he's fun, hilarious, adorable, cerebral...and a reader! When I first saw his bookshelves, I was like, "Ooh la la!" And, "Wow, he really likes Jonathan Franzen." One of our first disagreements was over a…
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Basketball Books

Lately, I've been reading lots of basketball books--not really on purpose, there just happen to be so many great ones out there right now. Seems like some authors who play ball are also excellent writers! Here are four to check out. The Crossover Josh is having a hard time: his dad is having mysterious health…
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National Umbrella Month is Here!

It's been raining, it's been pouring--very apt: March is National Umbrella Month! So Many Types, so Many Places to Lose Them When I think of umbrellas, I get all sentimental, recalling the umbrellas of years past. The mint green one covered in butterflies during my Vladimir Nabokov obsession. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid promotional…
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International Polar Bear Day

Wednesday, February 27th is International Polar Bear day, a time for us all to consider polar bears and the struggles they encounter as the Arctic continues to warm up. A polar bear faces great danger when ice caps start to melt. Experts have offered many suggestions of ways an average person can make small changes…
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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2019

New inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame have been announced! The Class of 2019 The Cure, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, The Zombies, Radiohead, and Def Leppard are the 2019 inductees. They join 330 other past inductees, honored for their contributions and influence on rock and roll music. The complete list…
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Glitter, Glitter, Glitter!

Who doesn't like glitter? Okay, maybe it can be a little messy, but many kids can't resist the allure of the sparkly stuff. There's something so joyous (and fancy!) about it! Glitter Facts and Secrets The New York Times recently ran an article by Caity Weaver called "What Is Glitter?" Hmmm...hadn't really thought of it…
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Ordinary Kids, Super Adventures

There's a lot of great new children's novels of late, and here are four published in 2018! The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty Lucy Callahan is a math genius. Her mathematical powers suddenly appeared after she was struck by lightning(!). She's so good at math that she's intellectually ready for college even though…
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