WEDNESDAY, What I’m Reading

Here it is Wednesday of Spring Break. Some of my Advanced Writing students are traveling; some are trying to work ahead. I have enjoyed my time “off” and have kept busy with projects and have managed to have some social contact with friends. The reaction to our second Covid shot is done, and by the 23rd of this month, I will be “fully protected.” PTL!

I recently finished this fine novel.

This novel is definitely a nominee for my best read of 2021. Lily King knows her topic: the lives and loves of aspiring authors. Published in 2020, the novel follows the life of Casey, age 31, whose mother has recently died, and who is facing a mountain of debt. It is set in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1997. Casey had been a child prodigy in the world of professional golf, but she hasn’t played in years. Her father, with whom she has a complicated relationship, was her manager. She rents a tiny room, attached to a garage, which was formerly a potting shack, and the room smells like it. She has spent the past six years writing a novel and is currently supporting herself and making minimum payments to her creditors by waitressing. Desperately “balancing the conflicting demands of art and life,” Casey meets two attractive men at the same time of her lonely life.

King writes with “humor, heart, and intelligence,” describing what it means to be a writer and what it means to write. The book was a Read With Jenna selection, promoted on The Today Show on NBC.

I can’t believe my Spring Break is halfway over!

Yikes

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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