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I recently read about the experience of an East Coast teacher who moved to a southern state to teach in a rural school. She asked one of her more energetic students what he wanted to be when he grew up. He said he wanted to be president of the United States, and added wasn’t that what “all little black boys” wanted to be.
2014 was a great year for essays, especially for women writers. A great year means that the the collections of essays written by women proved to be commercially successful.
Probably some time in the past week you were annoyed because someone nearby was focused on his or her phone -- and then, a few minutes later, you caught yourself checking your own phone. I have read that when you check your device, the neurochemical dopamine is elevated which uplifts your mood. But Matt Richtel, a New York Times reporter, testifies in Deadly Wandering that our preoccupations with our devices can also lead to tragic outcomes.
If you like lush, romantic music composed by Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Ravel, you probably will also enjoy Jean Sibelius (1865-1957).
In the very funny novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, Paul O’Rourke, a New York dentist, explains that his favorite book as a child was Doctor De Soto. Doctor De Soto is a real children’s book by William Steig about a mouse dentist who out foxes a fox. Dr. O’Rourke refers to the mouse dentist as being Hippocratically bound to provide dental care to a fox.
Misty Copeland, soloist for the American Ballet Theatre, writes with candor, balance, and warmth about the racial and socioeconomic biases she had to overcome in her inspirational Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. Misty came to ballet late, as a 13-year-old, via a Boys and Girls Club community class. Now, at thirty-two, she has performed some of the most coveted and challenging roles in classical ballet, including Swan Lake this year.
First published in 2004, Thomas Frank's classic What's the Matter with Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America recaps how conservatives took over what was once a moderate Republican haven in the American heartland. Kansas had a long tradition of producing pragmatic, centrist Republicans, from President Dwight Eisenhower to senators like Bob Dole and Nancy Kassebaum. But things began to change in the 1990s.
The fictional Walt Longmire is a lot like Craig Johsnon, author of the mystery series about the modern-day sheriff of an obscure Wyoming county. Sheriff Longmire and his creator both love the High Plains. Both have a best friend who’s Northern Cheyenne. Both have daughters who are lawyers in Philadelphia. And both author and character majored in literature.
Working both individually and in collaboration, George and his lyricist brother Ira Gershwin composed some of the most famous music of the 20th century. Their songs include Someone to Watch Over Me, Embraceable You, Our Love is Here to Stay, Fascinating Rhythm and much more.
October marks the fourth annual celebration of National Reading Group Month which celebrates shared reading by promoting reading groups.The 26-member committee composed of writers, reviewers, booksellers, librarians, publicists and readers makes an effort to choose 20 underrepresented titles.