Speaking of breath, this one will take your breath away. Paul Kalanithi was 36 and a year away from completing his neurosurgical residency when he was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. In the process of learning how to die, Kalanithi learned how to live. He was gracious enough to share his life, hard-earned lessons and beautiful writing with all of us. Paul's wife, Lucy, wrote the epilogue and also did a beautiful job.
It is hard to imagine an author brave enough to attempt a middle reader book about the genocide in Darfur but Andrea Davis Pinkney pulls it off. Told in poems and sketches, this lovely book makes the horrors of war and being a refugee real, but accessible and appropriate for young readers.
I really liked this middle-grade immigrant/coming-of-age novel. The common immigrant experience (under-employed parents, school bullies, cultural confusion) is intermixed with a family story of loss and recovery.
Do you have aging parents? Are you aging a bit yourself? Are you concerned about the way our culture and medical system deal with the frail? Gawande mixes story and thoughtful analysis in this fantastic book for thinking and talking about matters which eventually concern us all.
Nordberg met a political family in Afghanistan who was raising one of their young daughters as a son since they had no sons. Nordberg began to investigate the practice and discovered it was fairly common in this patriarchal society. This is a fascinating look at some individual girls and their stories and at the role of gender in a society with little to no institutions
What a yarn! I laughed out loud the whole way through. Author Jonasson combines real world leaders and events with the most outrageous characters and situations. I just kept marveling at the author's imagination. A fun read which might 'accidentally' remind you of a few bits of recent history.
I'll be frank with you -- I loved this book! Imagine a famous, reclusive author, Mimi(a la Harper Lee). Imagine her with a 10 year old son, Frank. Frank is likely 'on the spectrum' with a prodigious vocabulary, impeccable style and a tendency to cause disasters both great and small. Author Mimi needs cash and she can't write and care for Frank at the same time. Enter Alice - a young woman who can 'out-Pollyanna Pollyanna.' The next few months, as written by Alice, are both tender and hilarious.
I loved this middle-grade novel. Main character Ally Nickerson has attended 7 schools in as many years. She's strong in math and art but just can't get the hang of reading. Now in 6th grade, Ally's school life is coming apart at the seams. Fortunately, a long-term sub, Mr. Daniels, recognizes that Ally is dyslexic. Under his tutelage, Ally, and several other kids who think of themselves as misfits, learn to start realizing their potential. Ally's descriptions of what it is like for her to try to read are very helpful for those of us who tutor children with dyslexia and other learning differences. This would be a great book for kids who struggle with dyslexia and for their families and friends too. Besides, it's just a good and hopeful story.