This is the space on my blog where I review and write about books. dogtrax.edublogs.org Kevin's Meandering Mind | Category | books
You, by Austin Grossman -- a captivating fictional story that brings you inside a game development company. This novel has strong points, and points where it veers a bit. www.amazon.com Amazon.com: You (9780316198530): Austin Grossman: Books
Teaching with Fire -- this collection of poetry and reflections by teachers who were inspired by those poems is a powerful reminder of how verse can capture our experiences. www.amazon.com Amazon.com: Teaching with Fire: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Teach (0723812611065): Sam M. Intrator, Megan Scribner, Parker J. Palmer, Tom Vander Ark: Books
But Beautiful, by Geoff Dyer -- this is one of the few books whose beauty of language and experience is so powerful that I have re-read it many times over the years. Told in short stories, it captures the language of jazz music and eccentricities of musical legends. www.amazon.com But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz [Geoff Dyer] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. May be the best book ever written about jazz. ―David Thomson, Los Angeles Times</i> In eight poetically charged vignettes
Geek Atlas -- You can totally geek out with this resource of science and math sights from around the world that is designed for geeky tourists, or (like me) imaginary travelers. www.amazon.com The Geek Atlas: 128 Places Where Science and Technology Come Alive [John Graham-Cumming] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The history of science is all around us, if you know where to look. With this unique traveler's guide
Lexicon by Max Barry -- This is a fantastic thriller in which rhetoric and language become powerful tools in the world. I know, sounds boring. It's not. Barry really mines the potential misuses of power here in ways that will have you reading deep and enjoying the ride that he sets in motion. www.amazon.com Lexicon [Max Barry] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren’t taught history, geography
I Want My MTV -- Reading this oral history of MTV is like going back in time, and remembering how powerful the video revolution was in the moment ... and how chaotic it was, too. www.amazon.com I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution [Rob Tannenbaum, Craig Marks] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. <b>Named One of the Best Books of 2011 by NPR – Spin</i> - USA Today</i> – CNBC - Pitchfork - The Onion</i> - The Atlantic</i> - The Huffington Post – VEVO - The Boston Globe</i> - The San Francisco Chronicle</i></b> <b>For fans of VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave </i></b> Remember the first time you saw Michael Jackson dance with zombies in Thriller ? Diamond Dave karate kick with Van Halen in Jump ? Tawny Kitaen turning cartwheels on a Jaguar to Whitesnake's Here I Go Again ? The Beastie Boys spray beer in (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party) ? Axl Rose step off the bus in Welcome to the Jungle ? <b><b>Remember When All You Wanted Was Your MTV?</b> </b> It was a pretty radical idea-a channel for teenagers
Pyrotechnics on the Page by Ralph Fletcher -- Here is a look at the craft of writing through the lens of play, and such a welcome lens it is, too. Fletcher brings his admirable writing skills and insights into the teaching of writing in ways that make sense and allow you room to roam. www.amazon.com Amazon.com: Pyrotechnics on the Page: Playful Craft That Sparks Writing (9781571107831): Ralph Fletcher: Books
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg -- Some books just don't ever get thrown away. I have not read this one in years and yet .... I could never get rid of Goldberg's essays on the art of writing, either. Just seeing the cover is powerful for me, as a writer. www.amazon.com Amazon.com: Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, 2nd Edition (9781590302613): Natalie Goldberg: Books
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson -- I keep hoping to get my older sons interested in this Bryson book. Not yet. They will. In his lovely use of humor and language, Bryson unveils the world in interesting ways. I love this book. www.amazon.com Buy A Short History of Nearly Everything on Amazon.com ✓ FREE SHIPPING on qualified orders
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt -- This part of the shelf contains novels that I teach in my sixth grade class. We have some great books but none as beautiful as this one. I love its poetic nature and deep thinking around eternal life. www.amazon.com Tuck Everlasting [Natalie Babbit] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Doomed to―or blessed with―eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret
Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield -- A beautiful rumination on love, music and loss. Sheffield's writing about pop culture is always interesting, but here, he takes it on a personal journey as he shares how music is more than the soundtrack of our lives -- it is more like the thread that stitches us together. www.amazon.com Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time [Rob Sheffield] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Mix tapes: Stick one into a deck and you’re  transported to another time in your life. For Rob Sheffield
The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen -- The second in a series of mystery novels set in Denmark that I have devoured this summer. I like the main character, quirks and all, and the setting as part of the stories. www.amazon.com Amazon.com: The Absent One: A Department Q Novel (9780142196830): Jussi Adler-Olsen: Books
Building the English Classroom by Bruce Penniman -- This is by a mentor of mine and another fine example of how writing can transform a classroom. www.amazon.com Amazon.com: Building the English Classroom: Foundations, Support, Success (9780814103869): Bruce M. Penniman: Books

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