Tuesday Teaser

The goal of the meme hosted by The Purple Booker Is to tease other readers into adding one’s current read to their TBR list.  One does so by copying two or so sentences from where they left off (avoiding spoilers). Be sure to include the title and author of the book you are featuring.

Here are a few lines from Barkskins by Annie Prolux:
“In high school teachers talked of careers. Jeanne learned that botanists lived in a world of stem and leaf. There would not be an oil or gas job…for Felix… he intended to go into forestry…The cousins set the goal of getting into university.  They had to complete two years at the community college before they could apply.  The odds were against them.”

This is a formidable book at 717 pages but one that can sweep the reader away from time to time. I am nearly done and am so glad I tackled this novel.


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

5 thoughts on “Tuesday Teaser”

  1. I do envy you your ability to read multiple books at a time – I simply cannot do it as I literally lose the plot! What an achievement to have read such a major book in every sense of the work:). Have a great week, Rae:)


    1. I loved The Shipping News, so I knew I’d love this. She is such a sweep-you-away-with-the-writing writer. I loved the (maybe tacked-on) speech/discourse about global warming and wasting out resources at the very end. I intend to copy it down by hand so it will “stick.”


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