I will email you promptly to get your mailing address and get you a book, Christine! Happy Reading.
That task completed, I must now return to the land of the grading. Before I go, though, I wanted to comment on how rich my reading life has been lately. I finished Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being a week or more ago, and it was tremendous. Thoughtful and thought-provoking and oh-so-smart. Do read it. (Caution: there is continuous dealing with difficult subjects such as bullying, rape, and suicide). I also read R. J. Palacio's Wonder last week for our Girls+Mamas book club. Have I told you guys about that? It is going swimmingly. The book did not woo me immediately; there were some authorial choices I didn't agree with, some writing I thought was meh, but by the end, I was a weepy mess, and that is not at all a common event for me. It is a sweet and emotional look at empathy and school life and family and love, and I urge you to read it as well.
Oh yeah, while I'm at it, I'll urge you to "always try to be a little kinder than is necessary."
That is all.
I'll see you in another week, I hope!
PS: It always seems to be easier to be a little kinder than is necessary once the Christmas lights go up on the tree. Ours got hung yesterday, and I think I'll spend the next 5 minutes notgrading and notblogging and drinking coffee by the light of the tree. Mmmm....