Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Gulf Coast Reads Presents Remember Ben Clayton

It's October and that means it's time for Gulf Coast Reads. Here's last year's Gulf Coast Reads author and book....

I've been lots of times to Inprint's Margarett Root Brown Reading Series, but I had no idea until last year that the Museum of Fine Arts occasionally hosts authors. A book friend and I learned that Stephen Harrigan, author of the 2014 Gulf Coast Reads book, Remember Ben Clayton, would be speaking at MFA in Houston last October and we made plans to attend.



It's quite a book. Remember Ben Clayton is the story of a sculptor who is commissioned to make a statue of a young man killed in WWI. The story is based, in part, on the true story of Pompeo Coppini, an Italian sculptor who did lots of statues in Texas.

This could be a statue sculpted by Pompeo Coppini.
Photo taken at the Texas Book Festival in Austin in October of 2014.

It took about three years for Harrigan to write the book, he tells us. He spends much time researching his subject and then finally starts to write. The writing process is hard, he says: sitting at a computer and trying not to play Candy Crush.

What makes him write about Texas? "I have a need," he says, "to get under the hood of the place where I live."



Gulf Coast Reads is "an annual regional reading initiative focusing on the simultaneous reading or listening to a selected title by those living on the upper Texas Gulf Coast." The 2015 book is The Promise by Houston author Ann Weisgarber. Hope I get to hear Weisgarber talk about her book during the 2015 Gulf Coast Reads event.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Ten Bookish Things I Have Quit

Ten Bookish Things I Have Quit


1. Reading to the end of a book
2. Reading every book that arrives in my mail from authors and publishers
3. Reading every book I buy
4. Reading books other people give me and tell me to read
5. Reading bestsellers
6. Reading a series in order
7. Reading all the books in a series
8. Reading a book just because I said I was going to read that book
9. Reading genre fiction
10. Reading a book I don't like


How about you?




Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Tiny Treasures: Books You Have to Dig a Little to Find


That's my husband. He's not actually digging for books; he's an avid rockhound and I couldn't resist including his picture in my new now-and-then meme, Tiny Treasures.

I have always loved best the books nobody else knows about; I've never been one for bestsellers. So I decided to create this meme.

Once-in-a-while, I plan to feature a book that is (1) little-known or was-once-known-but-has-been-forgotten, and (2) fabulous. I'll use this format:

Tiny Treasure
Publication Date
A Tiny Review
Why You Must Try to Dig It Up
Best Digging Spots

I bet you know some tiny treasures, too. It would be lovely if you'd like to share them along with me.

I plan to post my first Tiny Treasure soon. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Animals I Saw in Wyoming














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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

If You Like Ken Robinson, Here are Some Great Books about Teaching

There are 49.5 million students and 3.1 million teachers here in America. 

I am a teacher. I have been teaching since 1977. 

Most of us teachers know we can do better. Many of us love to read stories about schools and education and teaching.

Here are some I have loved....

There Are No Shortcuts by Rafe Esquith

Raising the Curve:
A Year Inside One of America's 45,000 Failing Public Schools
by Ron Berler

Tested: One American School Struggles to Make the Grade
by Linda Perlstein

Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers

Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year by Esme Raji Codell

Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul
by Stuart Brown

Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever
by Mem Fox

Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman

Improbable Scholars: 
The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America's Schools 
by David L. Kirp

The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way
by Amanda Ripley

Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America
by Paul Tough

How Children Succeed: 
Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
by Paul Tough


Others you recommend?


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

What I Read and What I'm Reading






What I Read Last Week


Oh, how I love Bill Bryson. He's everything I look for in an author. A good writer. Brave, but not too much. Human. And funny. Most of all, funny. 

So last week I reread A Walk in the Woods. I reread it slowly. It was one of those books you don't want to end. All along the way you are laughing. You just have to laugh at Bryson. He tries to do the hard thing, but it's...well, hard. And his companion, Katz, is equally human. Quintessential Americans. 

So much fun.

 

I'm going to be controversial here, so please bear with me. Here are three things I want to say about The Library at Mount Char:

1. I recommend this book.
2. I do not recommend this book for me.
3. I didn't finish it.

I don't read scary books. Scary books give me nightmares. I don't like nightmares. When I got to the chapter where Carolyn lures Steve to her room where she has left a zombified Detective Miner to shoot and kill Steve and then Carolyn places the gun in Steve's dead hand and uses it to shoot and kill the zombified Detective Miner...well, I knew this story wasn't for me. But I'm pretty sure it is for somebody. A lot of somebodies. Somebodies who love scary. And odd.

Can I do this? Can I recommend a book that I haven't read? I say I can.








What I'm Reading Now


Can you tell I'm on a Mary Karr reading kick?

Yes, I went to see her last week when she visited Houston.

And, yes, she mesmerized me, somehow,
into buying all her books.

So now I'm reading them.

More later....





 




           









What are you reading today?!





What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is now being hosted here.


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! As part of this weekly meme Book Journey loves to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wyoming Road Signs



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