On Useless Trivia and Facts

When I read Stephen Dau's The Book of Jonas my first reaction was that I didn't have much in common with the main character. I was born in North America. I've only ever experienced war through books and movies. It didn't seem like there was much on the surface that Jonas and I would have in common....more
I've never really worried about that - I go through phases of remembering everything well, to ... more

Do You Trust Your Memory?

Memory plays a big role in Stephen Dau's The Book of Jonas. Can we deny our memories? What happens when all we have left of someone are the memories? And most of all, can we trust our memories? ...more
I am one of those rare people who does trust her memory.  I've been known for having a good ... more

Losing Everything and Seeking Truth

In Stephen Dau's novel The Book of Jonas, there is a lot of loss. Jonas loses pretty much everything. Rose feels as though she's lost almost as much. Yet they deal with loss in very different ways. Jonas walks away from it while Rose makes it a central part of her life. ...more
I think how these characters dealt with loss had a lot to do with each of their cultures, and ... more

Each Story is Different

Stephen Dau's The Book of Jonas is about a story that needed to be told. Jonas hid from his story because, I believe, he didn't want to remember it. Rose sought his story because she felt that it was really important to her. Neither of them could move forward until the story was told. ...more
I think everyone has a story to be told, including me.  My story, told from my perspective, ... more

BlogHer Talks to "The Fault in Our Stars" Author John Green

We talked to New York Times best-selling author John Green about his BlogHer Book Club selection, The Fault in Our Stars. Here's what he had to say about the strength of community, signing 150,000 copies of his new book and how becoming a father changed him. ...more
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Why Do We Write?

John Green's The Fault in Our Stars made me think a lot about memories and why we feel the need to write. I think if you ask most bloggers -- especially those that blog about their lives and families -- they'll tell you that they write to remember. By capturing our lives in print and images online, we preserve memories so that one day we can take them out and try them on again. We can see where those moments still fit and where they bust at the seams. ...more
I write because I find that I get my thoughts and ideas across better in writing then in ... more

Noticing the Extraordinary Universe

There are times when we take a step back from our lives and really look around us. When we do, we notice things -- really notice things -- and that changes how we see everything. Noticing those things can change our world. In John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, Hazel's father shares his observations about the universe and life. ...more
Wow!  What you wrote here is really awesome!  What makes my life extraordinary?  Right now I'd ... more

Which Books Do You Love?

One of the things that I loved most about Hazel, the main character in John Green's The Fault in Our Stars was her love of books. I was also envious that she had one book, An Imperial Affliction, that she loved above all others. There are many books I love, but there is no one book that I love above all others. ...more
Picking one favorite is impossible but I do have books that have affected me for life.  Johnny ... more

Promises and Unholdable Things

Sometimes in life, and love, we don't always know what we are getting into when we start something. That's frequently been true in my life and it was true for the characters in John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. A support group led to friendship and love for the characters, but it wasn't all that they thought it would be -- the good things also came with the unholdable things....more
I don't think I ever made promises as a teenager.  I was ambitious and let the guys I dated know ... more

What Wouldn't You Do For A Friend?

Graciela "Ace" Jones is a powerful force. She's loud and tough. She's sassy. I'm pretty sure that Tyra Banks would say that Ace is "fierce." Ace is a lot to handle but one thing is clear in Stephanie McAfee's Diary of a Mad Fat Girl -- Ace is one heck of a friend. ...more
This is a hard one for me, because I've done more then I should for a friend and been thrown ... more