Category Archives: Reading

Social Distancing #7: Books & the Bard

Yesterday, William Shakespeare would have been 456 years old. What an amazing publishing career he’s had:  plays continually performed in all languages, all over the world. The Shakespeare & Company theater company, based in Lenox, Massachusetts, posted this on its … Continue reading

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Alexander Weinstein’s Universal Love

I recently took a long plane ride to visit grandchildren living in Israel and then had a few days in London on the way home. I had a chance to read Alexander Weinstein’s new collection of short stories, Universal Love. … Continue reading

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Scary Books & Scarecrows!

Looking for a few good horror stories to tingle your spine and keep you awake at night? I’ve read these three in quick succession. The Testament. Margaret Atwood’s long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. While I read the original book … Continue reading

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Three Books & A Movie

Some recent reads worth checking out: Joyce Carol Oates: The Falls I enjoyed this fast-paced novel. I’ve been reading and listening to a few of Oates’ books this summer.  She’s a pro at taking a current issue, in this case, … Continue reading

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Two Plays & Some Books

Summer… and I’m trying to read and see some plays. While on the platform, awaiting my train to New York City, my phone rang. I answered and talked to my father for about 10 minutes. After, I noticed my phone … Continue reading

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Recent Reads: Non-fiction

I admit I’m a picky reader. I borrow lots of titles from my library, read a short bit, and if I’m not pulled in, back it goes. Sometimes that can lead to some lulls in my reading stash, and I’ll … Continue reading

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Read: Susan Orleans’ The Library Book

Run, don’t walk to your library and borrow Susan Orleans’ page-turner, The Library Book. Sure, you could download it or buy a copy. But it’s about libraries and library books, so getting it from the library seems like the right … Continue reading

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Sharing Amanda at Bat

It’s summer! Little League baseball and t-ball games are in full swing. Before school let out, I shared Amanda at Bat with fourth graders at a public school in Teaneck, NJ. My friend Caleb, one of the teachers, invited me to … Continue reading

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Facing History: Removing Statues

A statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims (1813-1883) was removed from New York City’s Central Park yesterday, after holding court for 84 years. Sims, dubbed “the father of gynecology,” performed surgical experiments on female slaves without anesthesia. His statue will … Continue reading

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Four Books & A Movie

When asked about what he looks for in a novel, actor and writer Tom Hanks told the New York Times, “ Authenticity. I want to see the world accurately, and history examined is search of the details of truth.” Hanks’ … Continue reading

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