Friday, August 3, 2018

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give is such an amazing book, it is hard to believe it is her debut novel.  Ms. Thomas writes voice so well, that the universal coming-of-age concerns of the sixteen year-old protagonist, are juxtaposed with this much larger social issue of prejudice.  It is a timely social commentary, and soon to be a movie. 

Monday, July 30, 2018

Sleep Study

The August issue of National Geographic contains an article called "Sleep Science."  It is an interesting read for parents or anyone interested in improving performance in any area of their life.  It sheds light on the effects of sleep deprivation on health, work, cognitive function  and athletic performance. (The next time you read a crazy tweet that was posted at 2:00 a.m., consider the effect sleep deprivation is having on that person's ability to think.)   For a deeper look look at the ill-effects of sleep deprivation, read Arianna Huffington's book, The Sleep Revolution

Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Perfect Couple

The Perfect Couple is the perfect summer book!  By far, it is my favorite Elin Hilderbrand.  I just hope she is already penning a sequel.

Happy reading,

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Rumor

Each summer I try to read at least one of Elin Hilderbrand's novels.  If you want to feel like you are on vacation, she is the author for you.  In The Rumor,  Ms. Hilderbrand once again shows us events from different characters'  points of view.  This time however, we can see the rapidity with which a rumor can be created and spread, and how that rumor can malign the lives of the teens and the adults alike. 

Happy summer reading,

Monday, July 9, 2018

Love and Gelato

Love and Gelato is a delightful young-adult novel by Jenna Evans Welch.  Set in Tuscany, Italy  much of the action takes place in the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence.   For a mature teen in your life, this book has romance, mystery, and grief, all presented in beautiful, descriptive language.  I read most of it outside while enjoying pizza.  Molto buono!

Happy reading,

Sunday, July 8, 2018

There Are No Grown-Ups

I recently finished reading, There are No Grown-Ups, by Pamela Druckerman, an American journalist living in Paris.  I loved her witty, insightful comments on parenting, careers, aging, and of course her vivid description of Paris.  One quote that resonated most for me though, was "...'soul mate' isn't a preexisting condition. It's an earned title.  They're made over time."

Happy reading,