The beginning of a new year is a time when I make all sorts of promises to learn and do new things. This year, to help me along with this promise, my sister (who is awesome at doing and learning things) gave me an embroidery starter kit. I’m convinced that, like knitting, embroidery is due for a comeback of epic proportions. Sadly, she lives in the fair state of Illinois which left me to figure things out on my own.
Hace poco que dejaba mi hija mayor en la frontera para que pudiera pasar la Navidad con sus abuelos en México. Recuerdo muchas veces manejando entre camionetas llenas de cosas como regalos para algunos familiares que viven al otro lado.
I finally finished preparing for Christmas so this morning I started evaluating how well I’d done on my New Year’s Resolutions. I failed miserably at one which was to send one postcard a week to a friend or family member. Despite my adorable McSweeney’s postcard set, that project fizzled out before taxes were due.
Last Friday in Chennai, India Magnus Carlsen became the second-youngest ever world chess champion. The 22-year-old Norwegian defeated Viswanathan Anand, world champion since 2007 and Chennai's hometown hero. Carlsen has the highest ever recorded rating. Ratings cannot predict actual play, but his high rating implies that if a tournament of the greatest ever were played, Carlsen would win.
Those of us who are avid mystery readers are familiar with the tropes of the genre. We’ve got the anti-heroes who aren’t above breaking the law in the pursuit of justice, we’ve got the fluffy heroines who get themselves in and out of danger with ridiculous regularity. We’ve got the cozy cottage mysteries and the hard-boiled detectives. I do not believe, though, that we’ve ever met a heroine quite like Claire DeWitt.
Drawn entirely from a major gift to the McNay Art Museum by Drs. Harriett and Ricardo Romo, the new book, Estampas de la Raza, documents the development of printmaking in the Latino community post-1960. The Romos began acquiring art while teaching in Southern California at the height of the Chicano Movement.
Thanksgiving is coming up, and the holiday food fest will begin in earnest! Instead of the usual compilation of cookbooks and classic dishes with a twist, how about a list of novels featuring food instead?Stories about bakeries, chefs and running restaurants, families, foreign lands, and fantastical menus sprinkled throughout will have you drooling in no time.
In 2009, David Finkel, a Washington Post reporter, wrote The Good Soldiers, a book chronicling the combat experiences of an infantry fighting in East Baghdad. Now, four years later, Finkel chronicles what he calls the “after-war" in Thank You for Your Service, taking us along as soldiers from the same battalion struggle to find peace at home.
The journalist Amanda Ripley follows three American exchange students to high schools in three top-scoring PISA countries: Finland, South Korea, and Poland to show how other nations educate students more effectively than we do. In her new book, The Smartest Kids in the World, she concludes that what we apparently lack is rigor, teacher preparation, and parental involvement.