J. D. Salinger understood how children can change adults’ experience of the world. Many of his stories prominently feature child characters who reinvigorate their adult counterparts, as is the case in his short story “For Esmé—With Love and Squalor,” about a military man meeting a 13-year-old girl before leaving for World War II. … [Read more...] about Books About Kids, for Adults
Among the notable contributions is one by Allegra Goodman, who writes of how Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has been a companion over the years. She first read it when she was nine, “a pert, excitable, giggly reader.” Later, studying English literature, she began to consider its strengths and weaknesses (“the liveliness of Lizzie and her sisters, against the inarticulate stiffness of Darcy”). Several readings later, she still returns to it “not because it is the best novel I have read, or the most important, but because of the memories and wishes I’ve folded in its pages — because on every reading I see old things in it.” … [Read more...] about How re-reading reveals more about the reader than the book
Exam Questions Made Easy: Sample question… The rate of infection doubles every 11 days. In 21 days, it will double every eight days. In a population with 23.8% aged over 50 years old with three out of 10 of those aged under 75 having co-morbidities, and with 78% of commercial establishments opening for 66% of their workforce — How long will it take you to realise you’ll never pass this exam? … [Read more...] about Seven bestselling books coming up after the lockdown
Do they think that having a book on the shelves means its author has no feelings? One time, I went on Goodreads to see what people were saying. I have never done that again. But social media is a very different thing, because you don’t even have to go in search of what people are saying; they have no problem coming to you, and often hold nothing back. … [Read more...] about My book is being reviewed by a dog. Who am I to argue with the star rating?
The group also slammed Scholastic for having reading lists for LGBT families and called the lists "morally toxic." One Million Moms said it would boycott the education company if it did not stop "publishing and promoting pro-homosexual and pro-transgender books for children." … [Read more...] about Scholastic Book ‘George’ About Transgender Child Outrages Conservative Group Calling for Boycott