TUESDAY TEASER

The Purple Booker founded this meme, and I first came across it on Brainfluff, one of my favorite blogs. Take the book you are reading, copy a couple of sentences (without giving away the ending or a solution to a problem or mystery), and maybe you’ll interest someone else in reading it.

Here is today’s from Will Schwalbe’s The End of Your Life Book Club:

“…we were going to have to say goodbye to Mom taking her youngest grandchildren to a Broadway show or to the Tate Modern or to Harrods to marvel at the Food Hall and visit the pet store puppies (The mother’s pancreatic cancer is getting worse.) We were going to have to say goodbye to the little ones remembering their grandmother beyond a fleeting image or an imagined memory promoted by a photograph. We would need to say goodbye to Mom at their graduations and to her buying them clothes and to them bringing home boyfriends and girlfriends to meet her.”

Although this sounds (and is in spots) incredibly sad, one can see how beautifully it is written. The bond forged through the reading of the same books by the son and his mother demonstrates the ability of shared book discussions enhancing communication between individuals whether they are as close as family members or two people trying to make their way to friendship.

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Author: Rae Reads

This year (2019) finds me with 50 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."

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