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I grew up in NYC, have an MFA in Writing from Vermont College at Norwich University, and have worked as a geotechnical engineer (dams & tunnels) in the U.S. and abroad. I'm a fiction writer, including YA novels and short stories. I have published a YA novel, another is in the works, and have published a few short stories in literary journals. I also do watercolor painting and printmaking (s... More
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10/30/2015metaphysics in literary fiction (0 Comments )
Celtic celebration of Samhain,or Halloween, where a door opensbriefly to the other world.Perhaps one of the most profound mysteries we are confronted with might be simply stated as "why is there something instead of nothing?"  Countless... Read the rest of this post
9/29/2015point-of-view narration can make all the difference (0 Comments )
A new book on Vladimir Nabokov was published recently, Nabokov in America--on the road to Lolita, by Robert Roper.  Reading it gave occasion to reflect on Nabokov's writing of Lolita, one of the most widely known novels in contemporary American... Read the rest of this post
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1. Leaving Major Tela: It?s hard to leave home to begin your own life but w...
    Author: J. E. O'Rourke
    Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Young Adults 03/17/2014
5 Reviews  
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1. Member of the Wedding (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
    Author: Carson McCullers
    Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Young Adults 2/8/2015
John said: Frankie Addams is a twelve year-old girl in a small, southern town in the Forties, during WWII. She is still a bit tom-boyish, but this spring finds her in a state of heightened awareness and tension...more
tags: MG/YA novel , rites-of-passage , old south ,
1,698 Reviews  
2. Looking For Alaska (Printz Award Winner) (Hardcover)
    Author: John Green
    Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Young Adults 2/7/2015
John said: I've usually been an enthusiast for the boarding school story, beginning with "Tom Brown's School Days," and continuing on through others. "A Separate Peace," also comes to mind. When "Looking for...more
tags: boarding school , Alabama , last words of famous people , , I read , I recommend , YA novel , rites-of-passage
51,353 Reviews  
3. The Hunger Games (Hardcover)
    Author: Suzanne Collins
    Publisher: Scholastic Press
Young Adults 2/6/2010
John said: This is an engrossing read. Collins has created a retrograde world of a future America, which has followed on some unnamed societal disaster. A central government, the Capitol, has put down rebelli...more
tags: I recommend , YA , fantasy
223,629 Reviews  
4. The Underneath (Hardcover)
    Author: Kathi Appelt
    Illustrator: David Small
    Publisher: Atheneum
Ages 9-12 11/25/2008
John said: It was such a pleasure to read "The Underneath," by Kathi Appelt. It would be hard to suggest which age group it might best appeal to, perhaps middle grade, but high school, or younger child, or adult...more
tags: myth , east Texas , middle grade & up
2,048 Reviews  
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