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)

The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (2003)

It took me three tries to get through this book, but as the adage goes, the third time was the charm.  You can’t be in a hurry or distracted by other tasks or in the mood for a page-turner.  So a lazy summer weekend was the perfect time for Lethem’s detailed descriptions of 1970’s Brooklyn… Continue reading The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (2003)