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Jan Priddy has commented on (3) products.

The House on Mango Street (Vintage Contemporaries) by Sandra Cisneros
The House on Mango Street (Vintage Contemporaries)

Jan Priddy, January 1, 2011

THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET by Sandra Cisneros. First published in 1984, 100 years after Twain's HUCK FINN, it is another American classic. I've used it for high school classes, but the poetry and subtext work better with older students who take the time to consider what Cisneros has to say on many levels. Some of my students love it, some do not. I think it's one of those books that might come back to you and come back and come back—more to it as you go along. I read this book the first time 20 years ago and have read it several times since. There is more to it every time.
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The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss
The Hearts of Horses

Jan Priddy, January 1, 2010

The most perfectly balanced story of community I've read in the past ten years. This novel reveals more about the hearts of men and women than of horses, of their losses and sorrows, pains and celebrations. A truthful story even if it is fiction.
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The Boys in the Trees by Mary Swan
The Boys in the Trees

Jan Priddy, May 2, 2009

I bought it for the beautiful cover and Alice Munro's blurb. I bought it for the first line and the hope that it would be good. I read it straight through for the story. I cried because it was more than I hoped for, more than a sad and true book. The epigraph from Ecclesiasticus suggests these are people "as though they had never been born." But Swan has a deeper message. We are none of us unmarked by our passing. We touch others and are touched the way trees bear the scars of children's pen knives. When we are old we still recall events far away in our past. A young girl gives a home made book into a classmate's care, so that she can keep it a surprise for her family's Christmas, and because of that safekeeping that boy will never forget. My memories are stored the way this story is told--not in tidy order, but in snatches and blooms and stinging bites.
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