This Dark Side of Mercy by Wiley Cash

I just finished Wiley Cash’s This Dark Road to Mercy. It is fascinating to me that I read this book on the eve of my graduation in a neighboring town to Gastonia. I knew the places he described. Having taught in high-poverty schools, I also knew the two girls...

For the Love of a Dog by Patricia McConnell

With her unique knowledge of the psychology and biology of human-dog interactions as well as her obvious love for dogs, McConnell has created a book that is both informative and fun. As someone who is looking into therapy dog training, I am now much more aware of what...

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

It’s taken me awhile to be able to write after reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I think it’s because there was so much to take in. When you follow a character through so many different stages of life and there are so many heartbreaking experiences...

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

One of the things I love about the holidays is that there is more excuse to read for long periods of time. People are taking those lat vacation days. The weather is cold. There’s no reason to go beyond you bookshelf for a good escape and a good story. My holiday...

Cabinets of Wonder

Brian Selznick combines the art of language and the art of design in his book Wonderstruck. I am particularly enthralled with this one because it talks about the World’s Fair in Manhattan and the panaroma that was made for that show.   I just recently read Devil...