Materials for Children reading project

This is a list all of the book I read for my Materials for Children class this summer. 45 books in total. I’ve only given you titles and authors because the write ups do not transpose properly for my blog. The ones I definitely recommend have recommended beside them.

  1. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
  2. The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles (Recommended)
  3. Africa Dream by Eloise Greenfield
  4. My Name is/ Me llamo Grabriella by Moniea Brown
  5. In My Family/En Mi Familia by Carmen Lomas Garza
  6. Radio Man by Arthur Dorros
  7. The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin
  8. The Chief’s Blanket by Michael Chanin (Recommended)
  9. Dumpling Soup by Jama Kim Rattigan (Recommended)
  10. The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks by Katherine Paterson (Recommended)
  11. Madeline’s Rescue by Ludwig Benelmans
  12. The Class from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler (Recommended)
  13. When Mom Turned into a Monster by Joanna Harrison
  14. The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco (Recommended)
  15. B is for Bookworm: A Library Alphabet by Anita C. Prieto (Recommended)
  16. The Treasury of Poetry for Children by Susie Gibbs
  17. The Random House Book of Poetry for Children by Jack Prelutsky
  18. Leaves from a Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (Recommended)
  19. Bright Star Shining: Poems for Christmas edited by Michael Harrison & Christopher Stuart-Clark
  20. Eric Carle’s Animals Animals by Laura Whipple
  21. Allergic to My Family by Liza Ketchum Murrow
  22. Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee (Recommended)
  23. Anastasia Has the Answers by Lois Lowry
  24. The Bridge to Never Land by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson (Recommended)
  25. The Butler Gets a Break by Kristin Clark Venuti
  26. The Case of the Gasping Garbage by Michele Torrey
  27. The Clueless Girl’s Guide to Being a Genius by Janice Repka
  28. The First Baking Book by Helen Drew (Recommended)
  29. Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci (Recommended)
  30. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (Recommended)
  31. The Hidden Message by Lois Walfrid Johnson
  32. The Hidden World of Fairies by Wending Darling, Tennant Redbank, and A. Picksey (Recommended)
  33. In the Realm of the Never Fairies: the Secret World of Pixie Hollow by Monique Peterson (Recommended)
  34. Loch by Paul Zindel
  35. Magic Below Stairs by Caroline Stevermer
  36. Merlin  by Jane Yolen
  37. The Monster Garden by Vivien Alcock
  38. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic by Betty MacDonald (Recommended)
  39. The Mystery of Drear House by Virginia Hamilton
  40. Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist: Flight of the Phoenix by R. L. LaFevers (Recommended, and part of a series)
  41. Pink Princess Cookbook by Barbara Berry (Recommended)
  42. Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George
  43. Redwall by Brian Jacques (Recommended)
  44. Two-Minute Bedtime Stories
  45. Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones (Recommended, and part of a series)

© Cori Endicott July 19, 2013

YA Lit class project, pt. 2

This is part 2 of the reading did for my Young Adult literature class:

v  Title #13: Hatchet

  • a. Author: Gary Paulsen
  • b. Recommended Audience:      *****
  • c. Reading Recommendation:     Adolescent Boys
  • d. Curriculum Connections:         Character building, survival training
  • e. Review: Brian is lost in the wilderness when the small aircraft he is riding in crashes. He much learn to survive using the hatchet his mom gave him.
  • Evaluation: All the survival techniques he uses are real, accurately portrayed, and appropriate for the circumstances.

v  Title #14: Entwined

  • Author: Heather Dixon
  • Recommended Audience: High school girls
  • Reading Recommendation:         ****
  • Curriculum Connections: Family, trust, death, and obedience
  • Review: After their mother dies, twelve young princesses reluctantly begin their year of mourning whilst their absentee father goes off to war. The girls live for dancing, something that is now verboten. They find a hidden place within the palace where they are allowed to dance in secret, but what price will this freedom come at?
  • Evaluation: The girls must learn the hard way about being so trusting, and even though he may not show it, their father loves them no matter what.

v  Title #15: Sister Mischief

  • Author: Laura Goode
  • Recommended Audience: High school, LGBT teens, hip-hop lovers
  • Reading Recommendation:         ***
  • Curriculum Connections: LGBT, music theory, music appreciation and interpretation
  • Review: This book is about four friends who are trying to start a positive hip-hop club where straights and gays can come together in peace and safety to discuss the genre in their conservative, majority White town.
  • Evaluation: I personally did not care for the language, sex, and mild drug use in this book. However, this book is very positive towards gays and the gay youth may appreciate it.

v  Title #16: The Book of Mordred

  • Author: Vivian Vande Velde
  • Recommended Audience:           *****
  • Reading Recommendation:         Middle school and up
  • Curriculum Connections: British medieval history; Arthurian legends
  • Review: This book tells the history of Mordred from the points of view of three different women. It brings in some of the well-known theories regarding Arthur, Merlin, Camelot, and what happened to them all.
  • Evaluation: I’ve always been a fan of the Arthurian legends and the theories on what happened to the main characters. This would be a good addition to an Arthurian-love collection.

v  Title #17:      Race Across Alaska

  • Author: Libby Riddles and Tim Jones
  • Recommended Audience: High school
  • Reading Recommendation: ****
  • Curriculum Connections: Ambition, Training for an endurance race
  • Review:                This book is about the story of the first woman to win the Iditarod.
  • Evaluation: This book is inspiring and the format teaches as well as entertains.

v  Title #18: The Canterbury Papers

  • Author: Judith Koll Healey
  • Recommended Audience: High School
  • Reading Recommendation: **
  • Curriculum Connections: General Reading, Historical figures of France and England
  • Review:                A lesser French royal is called upon by Eleanor of Aquitaine to retrieve letter she had written to the Archbishop of Canterbury. These letters could bring down her son from the English throne is discovered.
  • Evaluation: This book was really difficult to get into. I didn’t really enjoy it.

v  Title #19: Magic or Madness

  • Author: Justine Larbaletier
  • Recommended Audience: Middle School and up
  • Reading Recommendation: *****
  • Curriculum Connections: General reading
  • Review:                A young girl and her mother are on the run from her wicked witch of a grandmother. When she ends up in her grandmother’s care, she escapes but some transports herself far away. There she must decide whether or not to go back to her grandmother or risk her life in the care of her bad-vibe-giving grandfather.
  • Evaluation: This book left so many questions unanswered. I hope there is a sequel that will answer my questions.

v  Title #20: Zazoo

  • Author: Richard Mosher
  • Recommended Audience: Immigrant and adopted kids
  • Reading Recommendation: **
  • Curriculum Connections: World War II, Vietnam War, Adoption, Hatred, Antisemetism
  • Review:                This is a story about a Vietnamese orphan who was adopted by a Frenchman and brought up in France. She befriends a strange boy who asks questions about another citizen. She does her own investigation and discovers the truth about her adopted parent and the village she was raised in.
  • Evaluation: The book was hard to get into and on more than one occasion I wanted to put the book down because I was bored.

v  Title #21: Speaking from Among the Bones

  • Author: Alan Bradley
  • Recommended Audience: High School
  • Reading Recommendation: ****
  • Curriculum Connections: General reading, Great for Mystery Lovers
  • Review:                Flavia de Luce is a mini Sherlock Holmes and had aided the police on several occasions when they don’t know in which direction to go in. When the church organist is found dead in the tomb of the church’s namesake saint, the questions begin to pile up quickly.
  • Evaluation: I was hooked from the first chapter. I will definitely be looking up the author’s other books.

v  Title #22: First People: an Illustrated History of American Indians

  • Author: David C. King
  • Recommended Audience: Middle School & High School
  • Reading Recommendation: *****
  • Curriculum Connections: American History, Native American History
  • Review: This book is very interesting. It goes over the history and theories surrounding all the Native American tribes and what the descendents are up to now.
  • Evaluation: This book would be good for research as well as general reading. There are lots of illustrations to facilitate understanding.

v  Title #23: Frozen Secrets: Antarctica Revealed

  • Author: Sally M. Walker
  • Recommended Audience: Late Elementary and Middle School
  • Reading Recommendation: *****
  • Curriculum Connections: Geography, Earth Science, International Relations
  • Review:                This book is about the history and evolution of Antarctica, and all the scientific research that is going on down there. Despite looking like a picture book, this book would be great as a research source or for general nonfiction reading.
  • Evaluation: This was a VERY educational book. What is going on down on Antarctica is proof of what happens when everyone comes together and work toward the greater good.

v  Title #24: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

  • Author: Laurie R. King
  • Recommended Audience: Middle School and up
  • Reading Recommendation: ****
  • Curriculum Connections: General Reading, Using a well-known literary character in a different setting with a different author
  • Review:                This story is written from the point of view of a fifteen year old girl who becomes friends with Sherlock Holmes after he’s retired from being a Consulting Detective, and he wasn’t fictional but really did live around the turn of the last century.
  • Evaluation: This book is an interesting concept. The story is dense and not a quick read.

Young Adult Lit class project, pt. 1

For my Young Adult Literature class this summer, I had to read 24 books total from various genres. The project was split into two parts. The following list is the first part of the project.

Books 1-12

  1. Title #1: The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds
    1. Author:                Paul Zindel
    2. Recommended Audience: High School
    3. Reading Recommendation: **
    4. Curriculum Connections: Family, Drama, Psychology, Science, Biology, Earth Science
    5. Review:                This play is about a young girl who is trying her best in school despite having self-centered mother who is constantly coming up with get-rich-quick-schemes.
    6. Evaluation: This play goes back and forth between the mother’s monologues about how she used to be something and still would be if it weren’t for her kids, and her children trying to have as normal of an adolescence as possible.
  2. The Chocolate War
    1. Author: Robert Cormier
    2. Recommended Audience: High School
    3. Reading Recommendation: ***
    4. Curriculum Connections: Peer Pressure, School Spirit, Manipulation, Fundraising
    5. Review: The annual chocolate fundraiser becomes interesting for the boys when the school’s enforcer group try to turn it into a farce and then a fierce competition.
    6. Evaluation: This book is told through multiple points of view from the boys in the book and gives an inside look at how they truly feel about the school fundraiser.
  3. Title: Amelia Lost: the Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
    1. Author: Candace Fleming
    2. Recommended Audience: Middle School
    3. Reading Recommendation: ****
    4. Curriculum Connections: Biography, American heroes, U.S. History, Geography
    5. Review: This book combs through the historical data on Amelia Earhart and presents the information in a chronological order.
    6. Evaluation: The amount and the quality of the research done for this book is excellent and allows the book to be very informative.
  4. Title: House of Stairs
    1. Author: William Sleator
    2. Recommended Audience: Middle School
    3. Reading Recommendation: ***
    4. Curriculum Connections: Literature, Story Hour
    5. Review: This book fits right in with 1984 and Animal Farm.
    6. Evaluation: It was quite frightening how easily the author made it seem that humans can be trained and manipulated. Very thought provoking.
  5. Title: The Time Machine
    1. Author: H. G. Wells
    2. Recommended Audience: Middle School & High School
    3. Reading Recommendation: *****
    4. Curriculum Connections: Literature, British Literature, British Authors
    5. Review: An alleged time traveler regales his companions with his alleged travels to the future.
    6. Evaluation: This book is a classic and there are many cultural references today because of it, so it should be read.
  6. Title: One More River
    1. Author: Lynne Reid Banks
    2. Recommended Audience: High School
    3. Reading Recommendation: ****
    4. Curriculum Connections: Social Studies, History, Current Events/Recent Events
    5. Review: A Jewish-Canadian girl gets plucked out of her cushy life when her parents decide to immigrate to Israel.
    6. Evaluation: This book gives an inside look at what it is like to be only a river away from a culture that wishes genocide on you and what it is like to go through a war with the aforementioned culture.
  7. Title: Ender’s Game
    1. Author: Orson Scott Card
    2. Recommended Audience: High School
    3. Reading Recommendation: *****
    4. Curriculum Connections: Problem-solving, Peer Pressure, Manipulation
    5. Review: Gifted child Ender is chosen for training because of his aptitude to command the fleet of starships against an alien race bent on destroying humanity.
    6. Evaluation: This book keeps your attention and doesn’t hit you over the head with points, has subtlety.
  8. Title: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
    1. Author: Douglas Adams
    2. Recommended Audience: No one under High School
    3. Reading Recommendation: ****
    4. Curriculum Connections: Being yourself, Cool people shouldn’t always be followed, the Geeks are usually having the best time
    5. Review: Human Arthur Dent joins best friend and alien Ford Prefect on a Hitchhiker’s Trip across that galaxy with runaway Galaxy President Zaphod Beeblebrox who has just stolen the greatest starship to have ever been built.
    6. Evaluation: This book at times becomes very confusing to read, but never stops being interesting.
  9. Title: Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator
    1. Author: Jennifer Allison
    2. Recommended Audience: Middle School
    3. Reading Recommendation: *****
    4. Curriculum Connections: Family, Suicide, Mental Illness, Creativity, Ambition
    5. Review: An ambitious young girl goes to visit distant relations and helps solve a family mystery.
    6. Evaluation: This book teaches children, especially girls, not to be afraid to try new ideas and figure out your passions.
  10. Title: Who Am I Without Him?: Short Stories about Girls and the Boys in Their Lives
    1. Author: Sharon G. Flake
    2. Recommended Audience: African-American High School girls and boys
    3. Reading Recommendation: ***
    4. Curriculum Connections: Modern African-American culture, Relationships between boys and girls, Ownership, Self-esteem, Self-respect, Dating
    5. Review: This book gives semi-fictional accounts of the types of relationships young Africa-American teens go through.
    6. Evaluation: I found this book very sad and concerning. It really shows how good role models are needed for all youth.
  11. Title: The Case of the Baker Street Irregular
    1. Author: Robert Newman
    2. Recommended Audience: Middle School
    3. Reading Recommendation: ****
    4. Curriculum Connections: General Reading, Character Evolution with new author
    5. Review: An orphan is taken to London by his handler. The handler is subsequently kidnapped, leaving the orphan to fend for himself. He meets up with other street children and ends up doing a job for the infamous Sherlock Holmes. In the mean time, he is trying to get his own mystery solved.
    6. Evaluation: This book was a very interesting take on a well-known character by a new author. This author stayed true to the Holmes makeup.
  12. Title: The Silver Kiss
    1. Author: Annette Curtis Klause
    2. Recommended Audience: High School girls
    3. Reading Recommendation: ****
    4. Curriculum Connections: Family Illness, Hormones, Family Death
    5. Review: A teen whose mother is dying and her dad’s in denial befriends a vampire who is trying to track down and kill the other vampire responsible for killing his mother. They form a unique bond.
    6. Evaluation: This book stuck to the original canon for vampires. Not Bath and Body Works sparkle body lotion. This book also shows family dynamics when a loved one is dying.

© Cori Endicott July 19, 2013

Book Notes: How to Move in with Your Boyfriend…

[AN: All notes are taken verbatim from the book. I claim no rights to them.]

How to Move in with Your Boyfriend (and not break up with him) by Tiffany Current

  1. Introduction
    1. Moving in together is A LOT different than spending every second together
  2. Shacking Up—now or never
    1. Moving in should never be spontaneous
    2. Live In Lesson (LIL): take things slow. If it is meant to be, it will be.
    3. Make sure you can live with bad habits, both of you!
    4. Can a dealbreaker be compromised on?
    5. Telling yourself “It’s just a phase. He/She will grow out of it” is a coping mechanism. And usually, not a good one.
    6. LIL: accept who your partner is, not who they may become
  3. Ready, Set…Wait!
    1. List reasons on why you want to move in together (never make assumptions)
    2. Try to come up with a move in date
    3. “avoid moving in together during a stressful time in your life” pg. 31
    4. Get ready of lack of support and negativity from friends and family
  4. My Place or Yours?
    1. Your place, his place, new place?
    2. Take into account the proximity to required areas: work, grocery store, etc.
    3. Know your size and cost (rent control is a plus)
    4. Post-Its are not legally binding documents [they are in Florida]
  5. Splitsville…the good kind
    1. Basic financials to know: how much $$ do you have, how much do you spend on a monthly basis, and how much do you owe
    2. Make a list of every bill you pay on a monthly basis and know how much it costs you
    3. Know your credit score
    4. Difference in income? Income A $5000, Income B $3500, Total $8500. Percentage of bills paid: Income A 58%, Income B 41%. Divide expenses accordingly
      1.                                                                i.      To take debt into equation: sub debt from income first
  6. Your Stuff Belongs in a Garage Sale
    1. Open up closet and figure out what you actually need
    2. LIL: stop the “just-in-case” thinking. If you don’t need it now, you probably don’t need it. [my mother was raised by her Depression-era grandmother who instilled this in her. I still battle her over stupid things to this day.]
    3. Furniture considerations: condition; sentimental value (when it comes to nostalgia, you’ll have to give a little); feelings are more important than possessions
  7. But Your Cat Bites
    1. Write out a list of pet chores
    2. Decide who’s doing what
    3. Talk expenses
    4. Top 4 pet expenses: food, vet bills, toys, hygenien
    5. Be clear on discipline and sleeping arrangements
  8. Mary Poppins is on Sick Leave
    1. Two people living together means twice the dust, twice the dirt, etc.
    2. Compile the must-do weekly chores list
    3. Split chores either 50/50 or like/hate/tolerate
    4. Talk about cleaning pet peeves up front
    5. Just because you’ve asked, doesn’t mean it will get down immediately
    6. Don’t make cooking duty assumptions
  9. Reality Bites
    1. Spending time apart is healthy
    2. Everyone needs to be able to function on his/her own
    3. Have someone else to vent to
    4. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder
    5. Hinting doesn’t work; be direct
    6. Fight fair; no bringing in irrelevant topics
    7. Make time for yourself
  10. Your Friends Don’t Live Here Anymore
    1. Figure out how much time in the presence of each other’s friends you both can tolerate
    2. Have a set of basic house rules: smoking; locked doors to keep snoopers away; borrowing items; things getting broken
    3. Overnight guests: who is allowed and for how long?
    4. Girls are responsible for explaining things to their people; guys are responsible for explaining things to their people
    5. If someone JUST WON’T leave, make them start chipping in towards expenses, mainly rent
  11. Some Like IT Hot
    1. Compliments and acknowledgements go a long way
    2. Come up with a list of things you’d like to do, but never had the chance (a similar list can be made for the bedroom)
  12. Conclusion: to be or not to be?
    1. If you’ve given up after a few months, wait a little while longer. You could still be in the adjustment phase

What They Don’t Teach You in Library School by Elisabeth Doucett

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What They Don’t Teach You in LibrarySchool by Elisabeth Doucett

  1. pg. 26: Tips for Partnering:
    1. Don’t ever go into a situation thinking “What can I get out of this?”
    2. Keep Records (so you can keep track of people and important info)
    3. When you meet new people, find some way of following up with them after you meet them.
    4. Find a way to follow up in the future.
    5. Don’t be afraid to connect people that you meet through networking.
    6. Pg. 31: Develop an elevator pitch; 30 seconds or less
    7. Pg 32: An elevator pitch is important because it allows for motive examination and being able to articulate those motives.
    8. Pg. 103: Tools Used in a Situational Assessment:
      1. Assessing the Library
      2. # of people through the door
      3. Circulation of materials
      4. # of programs offered and # of participants
  2. Assessing the Library Compared to Other Libraries
    1. Same factors as above, but just comparing them to other libraries
  3. Assessing the Library within the Community
    1. Survey users to gauge general satisfaction
    2. Survey nonusers to find out WHY they do not use the library
    3. Feedback from key stakeholders; public: board of trustees and Friends organization staff; academic: faculty
    4. Library SWOT analysis:
      1. Should be derived from facts and data; not perceived information
      2. If a fact does not fit into Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, or Threat, then it is not important enough for the situation assessment

Book Notes: The Happiness Project

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The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Pg 10—her 12 commandments

Pg 11—her secrets of adulthood

Pg 45—hug for at least 6 seconds; promotes serotonin

Pg 51—significant other doesn’t need every single piece of your emotional baggage dumped on him/her. Big things are okay; small, truly insignificant ones, not okay.

Pg 52—approaches to intimacy: (Philip has told me for years that he doesn’t care if I have to do homework all afternoon; he just wants to be in the same room. I always felt guilty because I had work to do and viewed as not spending time with him. For him, it was quite the opposite, we were in the same room, and therefore, we were spending time together.)

She quotes so many people that it is obvious she’s done her research.

Pg 100—though this is in the parenting section, it could work for anyone: acknowledge feelings, both good and bad. Denying bad feelings intensifies them; but acknowledging them allows good feelings to return more quickly. (Personal experience: in my house growing up, being unhappy was criticized. You were expected to be happy all the time, because your life was good and you had nothing to feel bad about. It didn’t matter that at that particular moment you were legitimately upset, you had to fake being happy or you were given the third degree.)

Pg 152—people’s lives are more complicated than they appear from the outside

Pg 153—“fundamental attribution error”

Pgs 161-162—other people’s commandments

Pg 166—prosperity allows us to turn our attention to more transcendent matters—to yearn for lives not just of material comfort but of meaning, balance, and joy

Pg 169—when money or health is a problem, you think of little else; when it’s not a problem, you don’t think much about it

Pg 181—“to live in a perpetual want of little things is a state, not indeed of torture, but of constant vexation” ~Samuel Johnson

Pg 184—cost to fix it > cost to replace = replace; cost to fix it < cost to replace = fix it

Pg 185—spending out creates a wealth of love and tenderness, while calculation and score-keeping build resentment (Mother, pay attention to that)—why bother saving the good china or linens for a special occasion that may never come? Use them now!

www.lulu.com>>> your own real hardback books for $30; self-publish your stuff!

Pg 238—koans: a question of statement that cannot be understood logically

It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one to takes notes while I read

Pg 240—heuristics: mental rules of thumb; the quick, commonsense principles you apply to solve a problem or make a decision

Pg 243—buy anything you want at the grocery store, cooking is always cheaper than eating out (LOVE THIS ONE!)

Pg 274—within marriage, it takes at least 5 good acts to repair the damage of one destructive act.

Pg 274—you will always feel the loss of a certain amount of money greater than if you gained the same amount

She really likes to quote Samuel Johnson. Seems to be more quotes from him than anyone else

Pg 286—the days are long, but the years are short

Pg 288—even if you mess up one day, the next day is a clean slate!

Book Notes: On Writing

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

1. It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support-system for art. It’s the other way around. (101)

2. Every book you pick up has its own lesson or lessons, and quite often bad books have more to teach than the good. (145)

3. If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. (147)

4. “The book is the boss,” Alfred Bester. (159)

5. Story is honorable and trustworthy; plot is shifty and best kept under house arrest. (170)

6. It’s about the osprey, and it’s always about the story (176)

7. If a writer knows what he or she is doing, I’ll go along for the ride. If he or she doesn’t…well, I’m in my fifties now, and there are a lot of books out there. I don’t have time to waste with poorly written ones. (179)

8. When you write a book, your spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest. (201)

9. 2nd draft = 1st draft – 10%. (222)

10. You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons are all the ones you teach yourself. (236)

Book Notes: Jane Austen by Carol Shields

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Jane Austen by Carol Shields

Whenever 3 or 4 come together in Jane Austen’s name, there is bound to be a trivia quiz

The genuine arc of a human life…can perhaps be presented more authentically in fiction than in the genre of biography

Was it better to be alone and in some sense intact? Or better to be coupled—and compromised, denied freedom, but awarded the respect of society?

A writer, she maintains, does not need stimulation, but the opposite of stimulation. A writer needs regularity, the same book around her, the same walls. A writer needs self-ordered patterns of time, her own desk, and day after profitable day in order to do her best work.

The ability to sustain long works of fiction is at least partially dependent on establishing a delicate balance between solitude and interaction. Too much noise during the writing of a novel distracts from the cleanliness of its over-arching plan. Too little social interruption, on the other hand, distorts a writer’s sense of reality and allows feeling to “prey” of the conscious.

To write is to be self-conscious

What flows onto paper is more daring or more covert than a writer’s own voice, or more exaggerated or effaced.

She specifically asked that the squeaking hinge go unoiled so that she would have notice of interruptions.

The difference between a published and unpublished author is enormous, and every novelist in the world would agree: “It is a truth universally acknowledged” that published authors, even those whose books have not yet appeared before the pubic, are filled with a new and reckless confidence in their own powers.

Book Notes: The Book of Lost Books

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The Book of Lost Books by Stuart Kelly

It is the intrinsic nature of literature that it is written: even work initially preserved in oral tradition only truly becomes literature when it is written down.

Is becoming lost the best that can happen to a book?

To those of whom no trace remains, this book is an offering. For we will join them all in the end.

Collection at the library of Alexandria was started with Aristotle’s personal collection

Lost, Meander was a genius; Found, he was an embarrassment

If the whole of philosophy is merely footnotes to Plato, then the entirety of Christian theology is an attempt to unravel the insights of Paul.

Centro>>patchwork; a writer rearranges lines by another poet to create a wholly new poem

Book Notes: Martha On Trial

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Martha: On Trial, In Jail, and On a Comeback by John Slater

  1. John Cuti>>>married to Alexis for a time
  2. She feels that she is finally reading the outside reality in a way that can be helpful to her
  3. She now knows that it had been her own distorted version of that outside reality that had gotten her into such trouble
  4. It was assumed that even if Martha passed on, her iconic stature would serve as the company’s anchor forever
  5. She assumed that just being Martha Stewart was enough to ward off any assault on her world
  6. She knew how to marginalize people, to trivialize them, to make them feel inferior to her
  7. She began to believe that she really did know what was best for everyone. That became her vision of reality
  8. Her taste, her preferences, her rules prevailed. As the teacher, she was always right, never wrong.
  9. She had no time for anyone who did not conform to her view of reality
  10. Martha Stewart received more media coverage since OJ
  11. She was disciplined, perfectionist, ambitious, knew how to take charge, knew how to do a great many things at once
  12. More than greed that impelled her to order the stock sale>>it was hubris, the belief that she was above it all
  13. To admit that she did something wrong is not in her character
  14. Being a perfectionist means never having to say you’re sorry
  15. Indicted on6-4-2003
  16. All that she had to do was get on the stand and apologize. All she had to say was that she didn’t have the mental intent to violate the law. All she had to do was humanize herself—and she would have gotten off
  17. Martha Stewart never showed emotion; meanwhile, Stewart’s daughter Alexis did show emotion
  18. Better question to ask is not whether she was innocent or guilty of some crime, but how big a crime was it that she committed?
  19. Conceded to Alexis that her life had been wasted
  20. Reasons why MSLO would survive:
    1. Large cash reserves
    2. Lack of debt
    3. Ability to launch new products
    4. Andy Stewart wrote a letter to his former wife, saying how sorry he was and asking if there was anything he could do to help
    5. Sad about verdict, extremely concerned over Alexis
    6. She promised herself she would try to make a comeback
    7. Rather than trivialize and marginalize anything that stood in her way; she’d have to deal with them in a whole new way and take them seriously
    8. She never fully came to terms with being in prison
    9. Referred to Alderson as Yale, so she’d never have to say the word “jail”
    10. Ever after she had been out for six months, she found it nearly impossible to mention the “j” word
    11. She lost 10 lbs in jail
    12. Donald Trump thought it was ridiculous that Martha Stewart was in jail and OJ was playing golf inFlorida
    13. She had the public and the media eating out of her hand. In five short months, the personality makeover was complete
    14. Compared to house arrest, prison was the essence of freedom. She found house arrest “confining.”
    15. She had to emphasize she was Martha Stewart the Icon, not Martha Stewart the Felon
    16. The actual reason for Martha’s delay in ending house arrest was never clearly discussed in public
    17. While on probation, she couldn’t travel to her homes inMaineor theHamptonswithout permission
    18. She says someday she’ll talk about her time in prison, but not right now

Pg 219: “Her fame—and her infamy—pushed all other news aside for the moment. On the day of her release, millions of people were trying to recover from a deadly tsunami; one of the worst natural disasters of the era; a beloved and venerate Pope was dying in Rome, affecting at least one billion people on the planet; a 45-year-old singer and dancer, the most popular figure in popular music of his day, was on trial for alleged sexual abuse of children. But on this day in early March 2005, Martha Stewart’s prison release was the top story of the day.”

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