Monthly Archives: March 2013

And You Call Yourself A Teacher?

No Teacher Left Standing by Jeffrey Penn May My rating: 4 of 5 stars And You Call Yourself A Teacher? Reluctantly I find myself criticizing a writer who has come closer than most to capturing the chaos of elementary school teaching. No Teacher Left Standing reads like a whirlwind of lunchrooms, auditoriums, and classrooms, culminating in a satisfying conclusion of lost kids finally getting on the right bus. Perhaps because we have become obsessed with … Continue reading

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Cover Your Book: How important is the cover?

Recently, I read a Huffington Post article by Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, suggesting that your book cover might need to be upgraded in order to boost sales. This isn’t the first time I’ve read articles extolling the virtues of having an exciting, first class, professional, super expensive book cover. But is it really necessary? What ever happened to the time honored cliché about not judging a book by its cover? Generally, clichés are true, … Continue reading

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You Also Would Have

The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs by Tyler Hamilton My rating: 5 of 5 stars Watching the Tour de France was great fun when Lance Armstrong was zooming past all his European competitors. I remember him bursting away from the pack, slogging up steep mountain roads that seemingly went on forever. I remember him riding too close to the crowd, contacting a … Continue reading

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