September 29, 2011

Behind the Bookcase, Week 12: The Guide by R. K. Narayan

  After all these years, I still believe with Lauren Myracle that the development of empathy is one of literature’s crowning achievements.  I believe with J. […]
September 15, 2011

Behind the Bookcase, Week 11: Jack Kerouac’s Dharma Bums

“All the lonely people, where do they all come from? All the lonely people, where do they all belong?”  The Beatles, Eleanor Rigby Last week, for […]
August 29, 2011

Behind the Bookcase, Week 8: A Death in the Family

Most YA readers in America stop right here.  From junior high and high school literature, they gain a few basic sentiments–sentiments which may or not be […]
August 4, 2011

Behind the Bookcase, Part 7: The Scarlet Letter

“On the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth, surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread, appeared the letter A.” —Nathaniel […]
April 4, 2011

Anne Frank and I: Behind the Bookcase, Part 3

“We’re so fortunate here, away from the turmoil. We wouldn’t have to give a moment’s thought to all this suffering if it weren’t for the fact […]
February 28, 2011

Behind the Bookcase, Part 2: At Home with ANNE OF GREEN GABLES

“‘It’s lovely to be going home and know it’s home,’ she said. ‘I love Green Gables already, and I never loved any place before. No place […]