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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Way Below The Angels

Mormon Craig Harline’s memoir of his tw0-year missionary stint in Belgium.  Edited by friend David Bratt.

The Smartest Kids in the World

The Smartest Kids In The World and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley.  I think this must be the woman who wrote the Atlantic cover article about sports in schools — same point of view and same super clear journalism.  Love!  Her samples of countries who bested the US on the PISA (Program […]

Love Life

Rob Lowe’s second memoir, a follow up to Stories I Only Tell My Friends.  He really is such a thoughtful person and quite an adroit essayist.  Add in a willingness to confess just about anything and it’s a can’t-put-down read.  His fame might sell this book, but I think his writing earned him the publication.

Hold Still

Recommendation from Rebecca.  After her friend Ingrid commits suicide, Caitlin finds Ingrid’s journal under her bed, left for her to by Ingrid to read.  I’ve never had a friend commit suicide but it felt like a very real portrayal of the anger and bewilderment and pain that follow such a loss — plus a few […]

Counting by 7s

Thanks Sandy for loaning this to me.  It’s been a while since a book made me want to drop everything and read it right through to the end and also somehow savor it for a good long time.  A strange and lovely story about a middle school student named Willow Chance whose beloved foster parents […]

The Book Thief

Ben said he wanted to see this movie so I told him we would if he read the book. He and I have been reading it in tandem for the last 3 weeks.