I Almost Cried Three Times. Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

Small things can contain worlds. Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan is literally small. 114 pages of a fairly large font, you’d be right to call this a novella. I read it cover to cover in a sitting. The lives Ms. Keegan portrays here are also small. The central character, Bill Furlong, goes about his days running the small coal distributor that keeps his … Continue reading I Almost Cried Three Times. Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

My New Favorite Book–Cuba: An American History by Ada Ferrer

Don’t be afraid of reading history; it’s not just a learning experience. At least not in the case of Cuba: An American History by Ada Ferrer. This is one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in a while. I couldn’t put it down, as they say, much of the time. At nearly 500 pages, some parts are more interesting at others, but reading it … Continue reading My New Favorite Book–Cuba: An American History by Ada Ferrer

Be the Water. The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff – DNF

I have been reading Lau-Tzu’s Tao te Ching or Book of the Way for about four years now. I taught Taoism as part of the middle school history curriculum for over 25 years before deciding one day to read its key text cover to cover. I liked what I found so much that I made it a daily exercise for many years, reading one or … Continue reading Be the Water. The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff – DNF

Everything you think you know is wrong. Trust by Hernan Diaz

I started this book with no preconceptions. It was just the next book on the Camp TOB reading list. I ended with a new favorite book–one that I could see rereading someday which I don’t say very often. The story concerns a wealthy man who becomes even more wealthy through inventive financial creativity. Along the way, he marries a woman intent on producing an heir. … Continue reading Everything you think you know is wrong. Trust by Hernan Diaz

How long is too long? 480 Pages. That’s how long.

This book is an entertainment. It’s the kind of book I used to buy in the airport bookshop, something that I could read before the plane landed in New York and leave in the seat pocket afterwards. It really shouldn’t be judged by the standards used for other types of books. It is entertaining? Does it provide the promised thrills. Yes. For about 300 pages. … Continue reading How long is too long? 480 Pages. That’s how long.

The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan and Peter Sis

Seven books by LatinX writers. One class set of each. None of which I’ve read before. I started work at a new school the semester, in the same district but at a new site, which turned out to be the same site as my old school, namely, my kitchen table. But the new school uses different novels for seventh grade so I’ve been on my … Continue reading The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan and Peter Sis

Recovering Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote

One of my sometime hobbies is bookbinding. Over the years I have gotten pretty good at it thanks to many courses at the San Francisco Center for the Book, Kevin Smith’s many volumes on non-adhesive book binding and lots of practice. Last year, one of the instructors at SFCB mentioned that paperback books published in the 1960s and 1970’s were often sewn together rather than … Continue reading Recovering Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote