The Lost Girls of Sudan

In my literature class at school, we read What is the What by Dave Eggers. The book is a collaboration between Valentino Achak Deng and Eggers, and capitalizes on the strengths of both men to compellingly portray the saga of one the "Lost Boys of Sudan." (Incidentally, the American Association of University Women chose it for their Adelante! Books of the Month Program.) All proceeds from the book benefit Valentino Achack Deng Foundation, which among many things, built and operates a school in Deng's hometown. The school, importantly, encourages girls to enroll. According to the website, "Currently, less than one percent of girls complete secondary school in Southern Sudan. The Foundation is raising funds to construct a boarding facility, to provide female students with a safe learning environment and an alternative to early marriage." ...more

Yesterday I was looking at horrific photos of acid attacks on Pakistani women and started ...more

I like it.. New Moon t-shirt, clothes and merchandise

Again.. New Moon and New Moon again.. everybody talk about it.New Moon is a fantasy-romance novel by author Stephenie Meyer, and is the second book in the Twilight series. According to Meyer, the book is about losing true love. The title refers to the darkest phase of the lunar cycle, indicating that New Moon is about the darkest time of the protagonist Bella's life....more

Writing Sex

The Literary Review's Bad Sex in Fiction Awards shortlist went live last week, reinvigorating the timeless debate about what makes good sex in literature. “Writing about sex can be like a complicated game of Twister,” writes Sarah Duncan at The Guardian. “You sit in front of your laptop, trying to work out where everything's going.” ...more

Writing sex scenes is all that easy--they seem to fall in the etheral "floating away on a ...more

Mean Girls in Teen Fiction

When I say the words "teens" and "mean girls" I know that many of you shudder a little. We all know some. Some of us have been their target. Some of us have been mean girls ourselves. Some of have been on both sides. We see them reflected in movies, tv show and fiction. But are they really as bad and as prevalent as we make them out to be? Have they become an easy and empty archtype? ...more

A few weeks ago I probably would have said, "Huh?" But her collected works are part of the more

Things do happen for a reason…sometimes you just have to wait…

I haven’t posted in a while. I have been incredibly busy with work and school and family-but that is not the topic of this post. I recently made a tough decision. I have decided to go a different direction in my educational career, a choice that will ultimately change my entire life....more

What's Your Reading Pet Peeve?

We all have pet peeves, those things that drive us crazy for no good reason. Most of the time it's just a minor annoyance but when it comes to books they can drive us to distraction or possibly even to the point of throwing a book against the well. (Which I am sure is someone's pet peeve - book abuse!) ...more

I hate them and will do everything possible to avod them - including ordering the British ...more

Shaniya Davis, Dead at 5, a Story Nearly as Ugly as the Movie Precious

CNN and bloggers report that the body of 5-year-old Shaniya Davis of Fayetteville, NC, has been found. Earlier today 200 people searched for the child's body after police received a tip that she was dead, say news sources. ...more
Everything has to be race related these days... Why is that? This poor, defenseless, beautiful ...more

Raise High the Roof Beam

I'm sure this will come as a huge shock to you all, but I absolutely love, love these. And in case anyone was wondering, I'm especially particular to the Catcher in the Rye cover. And no, I'm not a rebellious teenager who carries this book around as my bible....more

First BlogHer

I am just posting my first hello to you guys.  I have followed blogs for years, but have only reacently started my first few official blogs.  I have private blogs and blogs filled with things I think others might enjoy.  Just to put them out there, I have and www.deadwalking.comThe first is about the random things people buy (which I find hillarious), and the second is about zombies.I hope people enjoy them.Thanks, I will be posting with you!...more

The Fine Art of Recommending Books

So you read a really good book. The next thing to do is go force into the hands of everyone you know and say, "You will read this book and love it. Because I said so." Yes? No. Not really. ...more

There are a variety of databases that librarians have been using since at least the early ...more