My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potuk (1972)

I've never taught this book, and as an English teacher, I'm a bit embarrassed to say I've not read it until now. I do know this: there is no way I could have appreciated this book as a student the way I can as a parent. I'm sure some students would really like it, but… Continue reading My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potuk (1972)

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (2015)

Before opening Go Set a Watchman, I read at least five opinion articles in the New York Times about this much anticipated “new” book by Harper Lee (keep in mind that Watchman was written before Mockingbird but not published until 2015). Most of the opinions—some written by folks who had not even read the book—focused… Continue reading Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (2015)

The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje (2011)

I feel like I should have loved this book, but to be honest, I only liked it.  Perhaps I wasn't in the right mindset, perhaps I was too focused on finishing it in time for book club, or perhaps my reading it on a Kindle (my first e-reader experience) clouded my judgment. Whatever it was,… Continue reading The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje (2011)