Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys: A Book Review

Don’t freak, dear reader! This has nothing to do with Fifty Shades of Gray! I’ve often wondered why World War II has become such a popular historical fiction topic in recent years, and I’ve come to only one sensible conclusion. It is simply that the men and women who lived through it are dying, slowly […]

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne: A Book Review

NOTE: There are spoilers in this article, so if you haven’t yet read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, I’d suggest doing that first! I’m sure every adult, let alone every parent, has run into the roadblock of having to explain a tough subject to a curious little one. Kids are uncannily perceptive, and just […]

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare: A Book Review

The year is 1687, and The Witch of Blackbird Pond tells the story of Kit Tyler, a young 16-year-old from Barbados who moves in with her aunt and uncle in Connecticut after the death of her grandfather. While she is used to having sunshine, freedom, and a prolific education, she is more than shocked to […]

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A Hidden Sanctuary: Thoughts on My Trip to The Met Cloisters

As the leaves start to fall one by one, and the golden slowness of my summer routine fades away, I’m recalling the lessons and observations that I picked up during my visit to The Met Cloisters in July. We’re already halfway through September, with the autumn and winter holidays closer than we’d like to admit, […]

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A “Year of Wonder”-Ful Classical Music: July

July is the month of intense heat and leisurely summer afternoons. My favorite pieces this month also have that slow, meandering pace. While the July edition appears later than originally planned, the music remains the same. So go grab a cold glass of iced tea and have a listen! What better way to spend your […]

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