Paper Covers Rock

Book Reviews, YA literature

As dubious as I am about reading Young Adult books, I’m always surprised when I manage to find one that’s really worth the read.  It seems as if 2013 has been a charm for choosing really good ones.  Paper Covers Rock is the story of Alex.  A sixteen year old boy lacking assurance and attending […]

March 27, 2013

The Book of Paul

Book Reviews

The Book of Paul Book Summary: “Everything you’ve ever believed about yourself…about the description of reality you’ve clung to so stubbornly all your life…all of it…every bit of it…is an illusion.” In the rubble-strewn wasteland of Alphabet City, a squalid tenement conceals a treasure “beyond all imagining”– an immaculately preserved, fifth century codex. The sole repository of […]

March 23, 2013

Teacher Feature #3

Teacher in Progress

Name: Cynthia T. Luna Nationality: Swiss, American, Trinidadian  How long have you been teaching?  I started teaching formally in September 2012. Once started, I realized that I have been teaching in one way or another all my life. What are you teaching? I teach mainly Business English to young international undergraduates from all over the […]

March 15, 2013

Stranger in a Strange Land

Book Club, Book Reviews

Stranger in a Strange Land is a novel I’ve heard so much about for a long, that is, not really hearing what it was actually about.  I’ve heard masterpiece, brilliant, bestselling classic (and that was also written on the front cover of my edition), great book, etc.  So in my mind I pictured a great […]

March 12, 2013

Half Blood Blues

Bookish Stuff

It’s 1940 in Paris and a jazz group is trying to survive playing their music and trying to cut a record as the Nazis take Paris.  Its principal characters are Sid, Chip, and Hiero.  Hieronymus Falk is a black German or a “Rhineland bastard” as he and other Afro-Germans were called.  He was the outcome […]

March 7, 2013

Poetry From Spine to Spine – Love

Bookish Stuff

Love – Toni Morrison In the Kitchen – Monica Ali Sexy – Joyce Carol Oates Warm Bodies – Isaac Marion Tumbling – Diane McKinney-Whetstone Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe Behind the Beautiful Forevers – Katherine Boo

March 1, 2013