It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 11/5/18

On the blog: A slice about the coffee shop where I write on Tuesdays In reading: Jarrett Krosoczka’s Hey, Kiddo will certainly be one of my top ten favorite graphic novels this year. It revisits the territory of his popular TED Talk and develops the outline of his life that he shared there into a…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?#imwayr 10/15/18

On the blog: Some thoughts about soft starts for our students and ourselves In reading: I have always loved the troublemakers best, because with Carla Shalaby, I believe they shine a light on what is unjust, unnecessary, and even cruel in our school systems. I didn’t entirely understand why the troublemakers were my favorite students until I…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 10/7/18

On the blog: A cat slice about our new cat, Oliver In reading: Hard not to have a serious reading hangover after finishing Naomi Novik’s fantasy novel, Spinning Silver. Incredible world-building and such rich character creation. Her characters are not always entirely likeable, yet I can’t help rooting for them. Structurally, this one is quite interesting, as…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 9/17/18

Alison McGhee’s What I Leave Behind is a bit of a writing stunt–100 chapters of 100 words each–and a good reminder of how powerfully effective rules and limits can sometimes be on art. I hate that the Good Reads description reveals in its first few words what it takes McGhee nearly half the book to…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 9/10/18

Draft No. 4 is a collection of John McPhee’s writing about writing. He analyzes many of his own pieces (his essay on structure is especially fascinating) and shares anecdotes and insights about craft. There is quite a bit about the editing process at The New Yorker as well. I don’t know how this book would…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 9/3/18

David Sedaris’s new collection of essays, Calypso, might be my favorite. (If you’re new to Sedaris’s work, though, try Me Talk Pretty One Day or Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim first). There is a vulnerability and unresolved sadness to some of these pieces that I think he tends to polish into something harder…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 8/27/18

I am really happy that several of these novelizations of superhero comics for middle-grade readers exist, and I think Black Panther: The Young Prince will fly off the shelves of most classroom libraries. But I do wish the book were better written. I read it aloud to my son, and it makes for a very…