A Hungry Lion, Or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins

Look out, creative writers! Using a list format to tell a compelling story just fell into the capable hands of a children’s author. Cue sinister guffaw: MUHUHUHU-WHA-HAHAHA! Cummins, Lucy Ruth. A Hungry Lion, Or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016. Print. Genre: children’s picture book Summary: An unassuming… Continue reading A Hungry Lion, Or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins

The Art of X-Ray Reading by Roy Peter Clark

If your book club is boring, if you weary of your writing students saying only they did or did not like an assigned text, if you need better feedback from your critique group, then this book may help. Clark, Roy Peter. The Art of X-Ray Reading: How the Secrets of 25 Great Works of Literature… Continue reading The Art of X-Ray Reading by Roy Peter Clark

Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg

If you often yearn for 26-hour days — a bit more time to get done all that life requires and maybe, JUST MAYBE, a wink of sleep — this book is definitely for you! Duhigg, Charles. Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business. New York: Random House, 2016. Print. Genre:… Continue reading Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg

Upstream by Mary Oliver

Yea or nay: Humans, with all their mighty know-how, should alter the world and fix all that ails it. Yea or nay: Humans should sit back, only observe, and do their best to not interfere with natural processes, like National Geographic wildlife photographers. Oliver, Mary.¬†Upstream: Selected Essays. New York: Penguin, 2016. Print. Summary: In a… Continue reading Upstream by Mary Oliver

On Apology by Aaron Lazare

How successful are your apologies? Whether sincere or obligatory, do they genuinely repair the damaged relationship or do they only add arsenic to the community well? This book explores the elements of both appealing and appalling apologies. Lazare, Aaron. On Apology. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2004. Print. Summary: Dr. Lazare, a former Harvard professor and leading… Continue reading On Apology by Aaron Lazare