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Poetry Friday: August by Mary Oliver

August 26th, 2016 (06:00 am)
optimistic

Current Mood: optimistic
Current Song: So Much Mine by Jonatha Brooke

When the blackberries hang
swollen in the woods, in the brambles
nobody owns, I spend

all day among the high
branches, reaching
my ripped arms, thinking

of nothing, cramming
the black honey of summer
into my mouth; all day my body

accepts what it is. In the dark
creeks that run by there is
this thick paw of my life darting among

the black bells, the leaves; there is
this happy tongue.

- August by Mary Oliver

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Books to Read (Forthcoming Releases)

August 20th, 2016 (07:00 am)
thoughtful

Current Mood: thoughtful
Current Song: Without a Trace theme song

August 2016
Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm
Still a Work in Progress by Jo Knowles
Joe Golem Occult Detective Volume 1: The Rat Catcher and The Sunken Dead by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden

September 2016
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

October 2016
Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh
The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
What Light by Jay Asher

November 2016
The Kindness Club #1: Chloe on the Bright Side by Courtney Sheinmel

Sometime in 2016
World of Payne Book 0: Ghost Dog by Tom Sniegoski and Frank Cho
Sam & Ilsa by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

January 2017
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

February 2017
Grim Death and Bill the Electrocuted Criminal by Mike Mignola and Tom Sniegoski
Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World by Kelly Jensen
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

April 2017
Ararat by Christopher Golden
Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr

Summer 2017
Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
Welcome to Hotel Monster by Gwenda Bond and Christopher Rowe

Fall 2017
Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary by Martha Brockenbrough

Winter 2017
Snowbirds by Crissa-Jean Chappell

Sometime in 2017
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #5: Dawn and the Impossible Three by Ann M. Martin, adapted by Gale Galligan
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #6 by Ann M. Martin, adapted by Gale Galligan
Breakaway by Gale Galligan
Hazel by Gale Galligan

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Poetry Friday: Breakage by Mary Oliver

August 19th, 2016 (06:00 am)
hopeful

Current Mood: hopeful
Current Song: Hearsay by Jonatha Brooke

I go down to the edge of the sea.
How everything shines in the morning light!
The cusp of the whelk,
the broken cupboard of the clam,
the opened, blue mussels,
moon snails, pale pink and barnacle scarred -
and nothing at all whole or shut, but tattered, split,
dropped by the gulls onto the gray rocks and all the moisture gone.
It's like a schoolhouse
of little words,
thousands of words.
First you figure out what each one means by itself,
the jingle, the periwinkle, the scallop
      full of moonlight.

Then you begin, slowly, to read the whole story.

- Breakage by Mary Oliver

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Poetry Friday: Where Does the Dance Begin, Where Does It End? by Mary Oliver

August 12th, 2016 (06:00 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Clearest Blue by Chvrches

Don't call this world adorable, or useful, that's not it.
It's frisky, and a theater for more than fair winds.
The eyelash of lightning is neither good nor evil.
The struck tree burns like a pillar of gold.

- the beginning of Where Does the Dance Begin, Where Does It End? by Mary Oliver

Read the poem in its entirety.

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Poetry Friday: The Journey by Mary Oliver

August 5th, 2016 (06:00 am)
optimistic

Current Mood: optimistic
Current Song: California Dreamin' by The Mamas and the Papas

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice--
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do--
determined to save
the only life you could save.

- The Journey by Mary Oliver

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Best Books of July 2016

July 31st, 2016 (08:02 pm)
sleepy

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Right Hand Man from the musical Hamilton

July 2016: 10 books and scripts read

Non-Fiction Pick
Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

Fiction Picks
You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
Tell Us Something True by Dana Reinhardt

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Poetry Friday: Red-headed Restaurant Cashier by Carl Sandburg

July 29th, 2016 (06:00 am)
happy

Current Mood: happy
Current Song: Binary Love by Blake Lewis

Shake back your hair; let go your laughter.

Carl Sandburg wrote this line about a red-headed restaurant cashier; I share it here for anyone that needs encouragement to be themselves and to be happy.

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Booklist: Tough Issues for Teens

July 28th, 2016 (09:00 am)
hopeful

Current Mood: hopeful
Current Song: Just Enough by Aslyn

One afternoon in the bookstore, a young woman in her late teens approached me and said, "Excuse me. Can you help me? I want some books like . . . " She named a few teen fiction titles that dealt with drug abuse and anorexia. She looked slightly uncomfortable but mostly excited. I told her that I could recommend many good books. Within minutes, she was sitting on the floor in the teen fiction section, a plastic basket full to the brim with books, with additional titles in her hand and next to her knees and her feet.

We had a great discussion. I was happy on any levels: happy that she felt comfortable enough to come to me, happy that she was open-minded, happy that I got some realistic, well-written books in her hand. This urged me to make a list of books dealing tough issues - eating disorders, loss and grieving, addiction, abuse, and so forth.

Due to subject matter, many of these books are recommended for older teens as well as adults, be they parents, teachers, librarians, or simply avid readers.

I've read every title on this list, and have given each book a rating according to the United States movie rating guide - G, PG, PG-13, or R - based on content, and a number of stars - four being the best - based on quality (my personal opinion).



PARENTAL ABUSE OR NEGLECT - Physical or emotional abuse, alcoholism, etc.
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ABUSE BY OTHERS - physical or emotional abuse; date or acquaintance rape; accusations, secrets and lies
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TEACHER/STUDENT RELATIONSHIPS - be they romantic relationships or rumors or no romance, but a definite abuse of power
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POSITIVE & PLATONIC TEACHER/STUDENT RELATIONSHIPS - teachers positively influencing and educating their pupils
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PARENT/CHILD RELATIONSHIPS - reconnecting with or distancing oneself from absentee parents, dealing with restrictions and expectations
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LONG-LOST SIBLINGS - reconnecting with siblings, or meeting them for the first time
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ORIENTATION AND/OR GENDER ROLES
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VIOLENCE AT SCHOOL
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EATING DISORDERS
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PHYSICAL DISORDERS/INJURIES/SPECIAL NEEDS - protagonist, siblings, friends
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BODY CHANGES - growing up and dealing with natural physical changes (as opposed to health, weight, or body image issues; disorders/injuries are in a separate list above this one)
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TEENAGE PREGNANCY - may also deal with adoption and/or abortion
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TEENAGE ALCOHOLISM
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MENTAL ILLNESS OF A PARENT, RELATIVE, OR PEER
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DEPRESSION
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RECOVERY/SUPPORT GROUPS
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CUTTING
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STEALING
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DIVORCE, SEPARATION, AND/OR STEPFAMILIES - parents dating, getting remarried, etc
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LOSS OR PHYSICAL ILLNESS OF A PARENT
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LOSS OR ILLNESS OF A SIBLING
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LOSS OR ILLNESS OF A FRIEND OR PEER
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LOSS OR ILLNESS OF A GRANDPARENT
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LOSS OR ILLNESS OF ANOTHER CLOSE RELATIVE AND/OR ADULT
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PROTAGONIST WITH AN ILLNESS
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DRUG ADDICTION
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CAR ACCIDENTS (and similar accidents)
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INCARCERATION OF A RELATIVE
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ADOPTION - Also foster care, group homes, and counseling
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KIDNAPPING
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CULTURAL IDENTITY
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SUICIDE OR SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
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ACADEMICS - cheating, excelling, or otherwise dealing with academic pressure
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SOCIAL STATUS - at school or otherwise with peers; popularity, bullying, et al.
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PEER PRESSURE
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RELIGION
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POLITICS
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ACTIVISM
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INTERNET SAFETY - and/or cyberbullying
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SEEKING SHELTER - family shelters, homelessness, runaways
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I hope that this list helps readers of all ages find books they may be too shy to openly discuss with a bookseller or librarian. I want those readers to know they may leave a comment here and tell me which books they have found valuable. Most of all, I want them to know they can talk to their friends or adults they know in order to get the answers and help they may need.

If you would like for me to add more titles about a certain subject, or if you want more information about any of the books on the list, please leave a comment.

Special thanks to those who have shown their support of this list by offering me links, comments, and compliments, such as Jen Robinson, Bookseller Chick, Robin Brande, Sassymonkey at BlogHer, Daisy Whitney, Caroline, Bookstore People, and Jennifer R. Hubbard.

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Poetry Friday: Song of the Redwood-Tree by Walt Whitman

July 22nd, 2016 (06:00 am)
optimistic

Current Mood: optimistic
Current Song: Who We Are by Hope Partlow

Murmuring out of its myriad leaves,
Down from its lofty top, rising two hundred feet high,
Out of its stalwart trunk and limbs - out of its foot-thick bark,
That chant of the seasons and time - chant, not of the past only, but the future.

- selected lines from Song of the Redwood-Tree by Walt Whitman

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Poetry Friday: A letter to Eliza from Alexander Hamilton

July 15th, 2016 (06:00 am)
content

Current Mood: content
Current Song: Take a Break from the musical Hamilton

A letter from Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Schuyler, August 1780:

Impatiently My Dearest have I been expecting the return of your father to bring me a letter from my charmer with the answers you have been good enough to promise me to the little questions asked in mine by him. I long to see the workings of my Betsey's heart, and I promise my self I shall have ample gratification to my fondness in the sweet familiarity of her pen. She will there I hope paint me her feelings without reserve - even in those tender moments of pillowed retirement, when her soul abstracted from every other object, delivers itself up to Love and to me - yet with all that delicacy which suits the purity of her mind and which is so conspicuous in whatever she does.

Now that's poetry.

... and this next bit is hilarious:

It is now a week my Betsey since I have heard from you. In that time I have written you twice. I think it will be advisable in future to number our letters, for I have reason to suspect they do not all meet with fair play. This is number one.

Click here to read the full letter.

Here is Lin-Manuel Miranda reading the letter at Hamilton's #Ham4Ham show on July 6th:



If you cannot see the video player above, click here to watch it on YouTube. (Thank you, Howard Sherman.)

Read my review of Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter aka the Hamiltome.

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