28 Mar, 2013

What is Memoir?

March 28th, 2013|Tags: , , |

The often incorrect use of the term memoir is a pet peeve of mine; after all, it is my genre. It's what I write primarily, and what I teach. So [...]

16 Sep, 2012

My Favorite Book for Rosh Hashana

September 16th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Eric Kimmel's Gershon's Monster is my favorite book for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, which we celebrate tonight. I wish my kids were still small enough to read picture [...]

7 Sep, 2012

The Library at Alcatraz

September 7th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

In the library at Alcatraz From all my pictures of our recent visit to Alcatraz, this one has stuck in my mind, and so, since I was on the topic [...]

6 Sep, 2012

On Having Your Own Library

September 6th, 2012|Tags: , |

When my grandparents were expelled from their hometown in Czechoslovakia after World War II, they lost their house and all their possessions, but the loss my grandfather lamented the most [...]

29 Feb, 2012

Chicago Bookstores: Hyde Park

February 29th, 2012|Tags: , |

The "Memoirs A-Z" book case at Powell's - if you read this blog regularly, you know I'm partial to memoirs, so it will come as no surprise that this is [...]

28 Feb, 2012

On Having a Local Bookstore

February 28th, 2012|Tags: |

I've been cleaning up my desk (a highly overdue task) and came across this Borders bookmark, and as I was about to toss it in the recycling bin, I stopped [...]

18 Jan, 2012

Green Eggs & Ham: A Story with 50 Words

January 18th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

These days, in the age of soundbites, we challenge ourselves to tell stories in no more than 140 characters (on Twitter), or no more than six words (see the Six [...]

30 Nov, 2011

My Favorite Poem: Herbsttag by Rainer Maria Rilke

November 30th, 2011|Tags: , , , |

Today is the last day of November, high time to share with you my favorite poem, Herbsttag (Autumn Day) by Rainer Maria Rilke. Many of you probably know him as [...]

11 May, 2011

Book Readers vs. Book Owners

May 11th, 2011|Tags: , |

I loved how the CEO of Penguin, John Makinson, differentiated between book readers and book owners when asked, in Monday's article in the Wall Street Journal, whether there will be a [...]

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