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Book Meme

Big A little a tossed this meme to the kidlitosphere, and I couldn't resist.

1. One book that changed your life? Anne Moody's Coming of Age in Mississippi. Reading this autobiography as a teen, I began to understand the Civil Rights Movement.

2. One book you have read more than once? The Capers Papers, by Charlotte Capers. Humorous essays by a director of the Mississippi Dept. of Archives and History. She was a friend of Eudora Welty.

3. One book you would want on a desert island? I'd opt instead for a New Yorker subscription.

4. One book that made you laugh? Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris.

5. One book that made you cry? Little Women.

6. One book you wish had been written? I would love it if James Marshall were still alive and writing his funny children's books.

7. One book you wish had never been written?  Rather than books, I am going to talk about a herb. Specifically, thyme. I wish it had not been invented because it crops up when I least expect it. Some people feel this way about raisins, but those I don't mind. Tarragon, dill, cumin, curry, cilantro: thumbs up. But spare me the thyme.

8. One book you are currently reading? Runaway, by Alice Munro.

9. One book you have been meaning to read?  After reading Scholar's Blog's guest column on Terry Pratchett, I have been meaning to read Wee Free Men.

10. Now tag five people. Fellow bloggers, please chime in if you would like.

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You mean you haven't read The Wee Free Men still ? Tut, tut ! I feel a group read coming on...

(I'm teasing about not having read it yet, I know how busy you are ! But I'm serious about a group read if you'd like to do it...

Michele, I had even checked it out from the library, but then we all got sick! Summer sickness should not be allowed! Soon, I hope, for Mr. Pratchett.

Wee Free Men is great! We should have a group read :)

I've been influenced by Michele's column, too, and actually picked up Wee Free Men at least once in the bookstore. But I haven't gotten to it yet - my to read stack simply overflows. Maybe a group read would do the trick to get it to the top of the stack, though.

I loooved Coming of Age in Mississippi. My junior year of high school had a great English teacher who devoted an entire semester to the civil rights movement. Anne Moody inspired me to get scrappy and stand up for what was right.


Kelly, you're working your way through Pratchett? That's great.

Jen, I know what you mean about the to-be-read stack. Sometimes I get so carried away at the library.

Kim, welcome! Thanks for visiting! I still have my tattered copy of "Coming of Age in Miss." You are lucky to have had such a teacher. Have you seen the PBS series "Eyes on the Prize"? It was excellent.

I feel the same way about clover. It grows where it is not wanted. I need to read Coming of Age in Mississippi.
Jone

Crabgrass, too! Our yard is full of it. My garden is also overgrown with oregano.

"Coming of Age in Miss." is wonderful--and deeply affecting.

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