From a Book Lover

September 15, 2019 at 2:49 pm (Education, Guest Blogger, Reviews) (, , , , )

An unnamed Guest Blogger allowed me to share this…

I have always been a fan of EB White’s children’s books. This is a great biography of him and is beautifully illustrated, too. EB White truly respected children as persons. Here is one of my favorite passages from the book:

“Much of what he wrote was not for children, yet many consider Charlotte’s Web not only White’s magnum opus but one of the best children’s books ever written. Did EB White ever wish he’d written a masterpiece for adults? His stepson Roger Angell said that the thought would not have occurred to him. Andy (EB White) once said, “Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down. Children are demanding. They are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth….. Children are game for anything. I throw them hard words and they backhand them over the net.”

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Love Letter to Literature

June 6, 2014 at 3:56 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , , , )

Book of SecretsTitle:The Book of Secrets

Author:Elizabeth Joy Arnold

Publisher: Bantam Books

Genre: Fiction/ Literature/ Books About Books

Length: 450 pages

I checked this book out from the library, but this is not a library book.  This is a book you need three copies of – a hardback first edition signed by the author, a copy for reading and scribbling notes in the margins, and a copy to loan to your friends.  I’m devastated that I’ll be shoving it through a book drop later this afternoon, it will leave my hands and slide down a shoot to be re-cataloged and re-shelved.  When all I really want to do is sleep with it under my pillow.

I was up all night reading.  Not all night, but well passed my thirty year old motherhood appropriate bedtime.

Part One was titled Chronicles of Narnia, Part Two: Where the Wild Things Are, and so on – each section of the book titled and designed to reflect story that tied ever so gracefully into a famous book title.  The whole book is not just a riveting story, it is a love letter to literature.

If you are a Kate Morton fan, the architecture of this book will be right up your alley.  It’s beautifully done, marvelously written, and simultaneously raw and eloquent.  It may even be better than anything Kate Morton wrote, and saying that feels like blasphemy because I adore her and own all her books.

There were so many gorgeous quotes I wanted to underline, and now I don’t know where they were in the book, because it was a library copy so I couldn’t.  I should have jotted them down, but I was too eager to read what would come next.  The whole reading experience was captivating and surreal.

 “I thought it was a dream,” Thomas said. We were sitting in the library…

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January 13, 2013 at 3:41 am (The Whim) (, , , , , )

Yep, that about sums it up:


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