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Welcome to my blog, a place where I write about books and sometimes about education and about life.books

I hope this will be a place for friends, new acquaintances, educators, students, and anyone else to read, think, and share their thoughts.

If you’d like to review a new book that is not on the front page, please do so on the Friends and Family Book Reviews page.  If you are my student, then add your review to the student page.


About Me: I’m a reader, a teacher, and a sort-of writer.  Because I spend so much time reading and responding to my students’ writing, I end up with little time to write my own pieces. But one way to keep writing is to compose a thoughtful review each time I read a book or when I have something specific to say about an issue I care about. As a teacher, I’ll never be a daily–or even a weekly–blogger, but I’ll blog when I can.

Happy Reading,

Bean Klusendorf



  1. Hi Bean,
    I wanted to recommend The Story of Edgar Sawtell. A great read and it is a modern spin on Hamlet. It is a beautifully written coming of age story of a mute boy and his beloved dog, Almondine. I loved it and have recommended it to all my fellow book freaks! Jan Nealer


  2. Hi Bean,
    At first, I thought, “Well, I really should be working rather than reading Bean’s Blog.” But then I justified it as “sort of working”. I was looking for inspiration as I need to create a blog for our NCA Reading group. I got side-tracked by your book reviews, though. I now plan to read The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears as I am trying to read work by emerging African writers. I’ll also give three Cups of Tea another go. For me it was put-downable – at least on the first try.



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