Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Author Lee Child Does Not Miss a Trick

Lee Child is, as you all likely know by now, the author of the best-selling crime series featuring Jack Reacher.  Child's new book?  Reacher's Rules.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

2012 Banned Book Week Wrap-Up

I loved reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower for Banned Book Week. Wallflower is about a young teen named Charlie.  Charlie is entering the first year of high school and confronting the confusing, exciting and troubling issues that teens may face.  The book's epistolary style - each chapter consists of a letter Charlie writes to an anonymous friend - allows the author to show us a smart, thoughtful, young man who has some difficult problems. "This is my life," he writes in the first letter, "And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be."

Author Stephen Chbosky very skillfully captures the teen-scene vibe in Wallflower.  In fact, while reading the book I had a dream, which I haven't had in many, many, many years, of standing in my own high school's hallway, puzzled and embarrassed because I've forgotten the combination to my locker. Bad dreams aside, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is highly recommended reading.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Food Poems


Sunday Brunch No. 1

O come, my shrimp dumpling,
Long enough congee tarried.
Sticky rice! It's red bean paste. 
Bun with me now
To dim sum.

Yes, turnip cake, I will bun.
The hour of fried squid is neigh.
Together, taro dumpling,
Spareribs in black bean sauce.
Let’s custard bun now 
To dim sum.

amy s dixon