J. D. Salinger understood how children can change adults’ experience of the world. Many of his stories prominently feature child characters who reinvigorate their adult counterparts, as is the case in his short story “For Esmé—With Love and Squalor,” about a military man meeting a 13-year-old girl before leaving for World War II. … [Read more...] about Books About Kids, for Adults
A creative writing professor once narrated a story about the relationship between his friend and Anna Karenina. When the friend first read Tolstoy’s novel as a young man, he was enthralled by Anna’s tragic fate. Re-reading it in middle age, he appreciated Levin’s efforts to simplify matters and live off the land. When he read it again years later, he was apt to throw up his hands at the shenanigans of all these young people. … [Read more...] about How re-reading reveals more about the reader than the book
The Great War: One moonless night, he was sent on a mission. After no word from him, she followed stealthily, pushing the door open a crack, holding her breath. The child was glassy-eyed, unresponsive, drooling over his device. The man had fallen asleep. When he was supposed to be teaching him Maths?! The exchange of fire was heard three blocks away. … [Read more...] about Seven bestselling books coming up after the lockdown
This week, I’ve learned via Instagram that a sort of dog-themed book club is reading Queenie. Every day I’ve been tagged in a review that, judging by its picture of a dog with my book, seems to have been written by a canine reader. It has been a tense time, honestly. I never know what to expect from reviews. Some are nice. Some are rude. The book has been awarded five stars, and it has also been given one. But who am I to argue with a dog? … [Read more...] about My book is being reviewed by a dog. Who am I to argue with the star rating?
The story is about a transgender fourth-grader who hopes to play Charlotte in her school's upcoming production of Charlotte's Web. The 10-year-old hopes that if she gets the part, her family and teacher will look past the male gender identity she was assigned at birth and finally accept her as a girl. … [Read more...] about Scholastic Book ‘George’ About Transgender Child Outrages Conservative Group Calling for Boycott