LISETTE’S LIST by Susan Vreeland: A Review

Literacy and Me

One of seven novels written by Susan Vreeland

A lifetime reading goal I have set for myself is to read all seven of Susan Vreeland’s art-themed novels. Unlike the other three I have read, Lisette’s List is not about a single painting or an individual artist, but about a fictional woman who aspires to be a “gallery apprentice” in Paris someday and who has a curator’s heart.

Moving from the exciting Paris art scene to the countryside of Province, Lisette and her husband arrive to care for his aging grandfather, Pascal. In Pascal’s possession are two Pissaros and two Cezannes he received in return for his framing skills when he was a pigment salesman in his Paris days. Later, in the German-occupied Province, while Andre is off fighting, Lisette meets Chagall and his wife who are hiding from the Nazis. Chagall does a painting of Lisette, her goat, and her…

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Author: Rae Longest

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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