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Original Essays | September 18, 2014

Lin Enger: IMG Knowing vs. Knowing



On a hot July evening years ago, my Toyota Tercel overheated on a flat stretch of highway north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A steam geyser shot up from... Continue »
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    The High Divide

    Lin Enger 9781616203757

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Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry: Stories
Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry: Stories

Prentise Wylie, January 29, 2013

I thought this was a novel when I started reading it, and was disappointed when the first story did not develop into a novel... and the second one, and the third... in other words, most of the stories felt too short, too unresolved, too much like chapters from a novel. Only the last one, "The Goings-On of the World," was long enough to feel complete.

I loved the story about a woman who marries a tattoo artist and gets herself covered in tattoos by him; it has mind-joggling images and metaphors about the meaning of tattoos in life, and I really wanted it to continue and develop, but it just... stopped.

Then there was an interesting one about an old woman who travels around getting free temporary housing by pretending she is a distant relative, until her story is blown and she has to move on; it too, just... stopped.

Ms. Mccracken is a good writer; the lack is in the form, not in the writing.



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Hit the Road by Caroline B. Cooney
Hit the Road

Prentise Wylie, January 29, 2013

Touching, believable, unique, with one of the best g-rated nasty bad guys ever,
the only reason I gave this four stars instead of five is that there is a scene that makes extremely dangerous driving at high speeds by a beginning driver while texting seem like a good and exciting choice.

Other than that, I can easily recommend this book for people of any age; I am a grandmother, and I loved it as much as any young person might. It speaks to the hearts, minds, souls, and bodies of people of any age, especially girls and women.

The bad guy is easy to hate, and he is outwitted by the mother he is trying to steal from and institutionalize, the teenage girl and her male friend, and his mother's three elderly women friends. And these grandmothers are VERY old, not just getting old. To see them laugh, think, talk, take action, and triumph is mind-opening and moving.

"Hit the Road" is exciting and emotional, with great insight and a terrific denouement, including a delightfully unpredictable outcome for the teenage girl and her male interests.
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The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
The Shop on Blossom Street

Prentise Wylie, January 29, 2013

Easy to read, flowing, gripping without too much drama, this book will make women want close female friends if they don't have them, value the ones they do have, and be open to women whom they previously had thought were too different from themselves. I especially liked the way the story is told from the point of view of each of the four main female characters, who are all described clearly, so that it is easy to visualize them and their lives in your mind's eye... I felt as though I knew them, and certainly wanted to.

While romance was part of the theme, it also involved relationships between sisters, parents and their offspring, and friends... and the development of strong friendship ties among the four very different women, ties that could only occur in unique circumstances such as the knitting circle, is touching and gratifying. We get to see beyond each of their outer defenses into their hearts, minds, and souls.

Twice, when apparently obvious and trite solutions to dilemmas did not happen, I was relieved (it would have been boringly easy) and very pleased at the original ways that they were resolved.
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Read My Lips by Teri Brown
Read My Lips

Prentise Wylie, January 2, 2013

Interesting insight into teenage angst, both female and male, with the addition of deafness in the main character --

I appreciated that the deaf girl in this story is presented as so normal, partly because the author has a deaf niece... and that the teenage boy "rebel" whom she connects with is so attractively alive. I found the characters and the story believable. Although it is a short book, it presents several facets and conflicts of the teens and their lives in very sympathetic ways. Teri Brown makes it clear that even when adults think it is easy to make moral decisions, it is often much more complicated than we remember. I would have loved to grow up with parents and other adults as kind as the ones in "Read My Lips."

One major thing I like about books for children and teens is that they are shorter and more to the point, helping me see into the minds of the young and how they see the world.

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Read My Lips by Teri Brown
Read My Lips

Prentise Wylie, January 2, 2013

Interesting insight into teenage angst, both female and male, with the addition of deafness in the main character --

I appreciated that the deaf girl in this story is presented as so normal, partly because the author has a deaf niece... and that the teenage boy "rebel" whom she connects with is so attractively alive. I found the characters and the story believable. Although it is a short book, it presents several facets and conflicts of the teens and their lives in very sympathetic ways. Teri Brown makes it clear that even when adults think it is easy to make moral decisions, it is often much more complicated than we remember. I would have loved to grow up with parents and other adults as kind as the ones in "Read My Lips."

One major thing I like about books for children and teens is that they are shorter and more to the point, helping me see into the minds of the young and how they see the world.

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