Posts tagged ‘Favorite Books’

Book Review: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson, Cherokee High School Visit

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By Mandy Webster

Wintergirls. Laurie Halse Anderson. Penguin Group, 2009.

I’ve been a fan of Laurie Halse Anderson since I read her novel, Speak last spring. So, when I came across Wintergirls in a bargain bin back in November, I had to grab it. And am I glad I did! In Speak, Anderson tackled the topic of rape, and now in Wintergirls, she takes on eating disorders in an equally engaging manner.

Wintergirls is the story of Lia, a teenage girl who is barely recovering from anorexia, after a forced hospital stay, when she learns that her former best friend Cassie has died. Read more…


Read with Me: December Books

Cover of "Wintergirls"

Cover of Wintergirls

By Mandy Webster

OK, I admit it. I am the worst blogger ever. Here we are 10 days into the month, and I am just now telling you what to read. (As if you can’t decide for yourself, right?) I try not to make excuses for myself, but the reason is that it was the end of the semester and I had tons of my own writing to do. Anyway, here’s what’s up for December:

  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson: Guess what, I’ve already finished it! I picked this out of a bargain bin while shopping the Thanksgiving weekend sales at an outlet mall. When I got home, I started reading and just couldn’t put it down. So, if you’ve already read this one, let’s start talking. I loved this book, and Anderson is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite YA authors. Read more…

Discussion: The Poisonwood Bible

Cover of "The Poisonwood Bible"

Cover of The Poisonwood Bible

Last spring, a friend of mine gave me a copy of The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver to read over the summer. Of course, I didn’t get around to it until just recently. Overall, I have really enjoyed the book, and the other night it even made me cry, which takes a lot. The problem is, the book is just way too long.

What I mean is, it seemed to me like the story ended when the Price family left Kilanga, but the book just keeps going and going after that. Read more…

Professor’s favorite books

Professors at Mount Mary College discuss their own favorite reads in this article from the MMC student newspaper, Arches:

Here’s an excerpt from reporter, Michael Riedlinger’s article, Professor’s Favorite Books:

As we approach mid-term at Mount Mary College, students and professors alike peruse textbooks, journals and research articles in their various subjects with diligence. Sometimes it is easy reading that can be for enjoyment too. We asked several Mount Mary professors about their favorite books. This is what they had to say.

Dr. Wendy Weaver, English Department:

A little naive and a little over-influenced by her reading, Catherine Morland, the heroine of Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey,” makes that novel one of my all-time favorites. Because it is a novel about reading, it enriches just about any class I teach it in. It has an added feature in that in addition to offering readers Austen’s characteristic insight into human nature, it also quite amusingly parodies the traditional Gothic novel.

Ann Angel, English department:

I have so many favorite books! “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, “Unless” by Carol Shields, “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss. I think each of these books contains a subversive element, and each of these writers seeks to make the world a better place by connecting readers to actions and thoughts that lead to change. The books have taught me to encourage students to write work that explodes genre and becomes art – work that can change the world. Read More…