Thirty Girls

In recent months, I’ve been reading about the 100 Nigerian girls that were captured by Boko Haram. They receded from the news for a while, and then later, a new announcement was that… Continue reading

The Goldfinch

I didn’t know much about this novel other than that it won the Pulitzer and it was always on stands in the airport gift shops. I decided to pick it up, and I… Continue reading

Without You, There Is No Us

I was reading an article from Slate that caught my attention–the writer had recently completed a trip to North Korea where she was teaching English as a Second Language to young men. The… Continue reading

Live Through This

A friend of mine took a Tin House Workshop in the Northwest. While she was there, she had the opportunity to work with Debra Gwartney. She told me about what a wonderful teacher… Continue reading

Queen Sugar

A couple weeks ago, Natalie Baszile came to Santa Monica College, her alma mater, to talk about writing and her novel Queen Sugar. I wasn’t able to attend the talk, but the email promotion… Continue reading

The Underground Girls of Kabul

I love to travel. But there are some countries I know that I’ll never go to. Even though I plan to send the rest of my life seeing every corner of the earth,… Continue reading

The Liars’ Club

This is one of those books I feel everyone knows, and I have always been embarrassed because I hadn’t read it. But I found it at a local bookstore and had to buy… Continue reading


I needed a memoir. I can’t put down a book when it’s based on real events–especially when it’s events that seem impossible to overcome. In Perfection, Julie Metz details her life as a successful graphic… Continue reading

Pushing Boundaries

The story of a teacher seducing a student has unfortunately become commonplace in American classrooms. I personally have several educators in my family who have at one point or another had to shake… Continue reading

Kiwi Read

I try to get my book recommendations from anywhere. So while I was looking through Buzzfeed (don’t judge me), I saw they had a list of new novelists with promising reads. I picked… Continue reading