Subscribe: Minnesota Reads
Added By: Feedage Forager Feedage Grade C rated
Language: English
benefits  book  books  children  chinese  continue reading  continue  english  life  love  new  political  reading  reflect  social  wang 
Rate this Feed
Rate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feed
Rate this feed 1 starRate this feed 2 starRate this feed 3 starRate this feed 4 starRate this feed 5 star

Comments (0)

Feed Details and Statistics Feed Statistics
Preview: Minnesota Reads

Sarah Phoenix

Last Build Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2018 16:15:03 +0000


Reading, Working, and the Benefits of Such

Wed, 03 Jun 2009 13:00:46 +0000


Working in a book store is a dream of many, a reality for few, and the story of my life. There’s the discount, the benefits and, believe it or not, my favorite one is access to reader’s copies of books yet to be published. There is a certain smugness that comes with being able to read a book before anyone else can get their hands on it. Sometimes a disappointment, I found a gem in this one. It’s Not Me, It’s You by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor had me laughing out loud on the first page.

I will admit that had I known the titles of her previous two books were Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I Had to Learn as a New Mom and Naptime is the New Happy Hour: And Other Ways Toddlers Turn Your Life Upside Down I would have never even glanced past the seductive cover of a head inside a lampshade and a description by Chelsea Handler that reads “More fun than an all little person nativity scene.”

This one is a collection of essays that chronicle her life before marriage and children.

Continue reading on .

Chinese novels always make me hungry for more

Sun, 26 Apr 2009 14:00:13 +0000


English by Wang Gang could be called a “Catcher in the Rye in China.” If so, let’s hope that it’s not the last offering from this talented author. Originally written in Chinese and translated to English, the simplicity of the language still manages to expose the multiple levels of complexity in the life of teen Love Liu.

Love’s name, along with that of his teacher, Second Prize Wang, and “friend” Garbage Li reflect the Chinese tradition of naming children to reflect current events, social status, and political position. During the recent Olympics in Beijing, many Chinese children were named Aoyun meaning “Olympic Games.” This practice during the cultural revolution gives even more of an insight into the social and political environment of the novel.

Continue reading on .