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April 18, 2010


My daughter isn't yet old enough to make recommendations, but she's quickly approaching the age where she might take MY reading suggestions. So I'm doing my best to stay on top of all the great new offerings out there. I get giddy at the book fairs as I browse the older selections and try to imagine myself in her shoes in a year or two. There's some fantastic stuff available to get kids on the path to dreaming and understanding themselves better, and I'm always glad for recommendations like this.

I don't have children, but my favorite book of all time, The Giver by Lois Lowry, was recommended to me by a student many years ago. It's a masterpiece. Recently, one of my students recommended Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (sequels include Specials and Extras) - a pretty good read with lots to think about afterwards.

The Giver addresses, among other things, the quandry of choice. Uglies looks at questions about sameness and perfection.

The Hunger Games - for those of you who like reality shows - this juvenile fiction book is very satisfying.

My son just recommended the Brothers Karamazov - I just started - weight training with the book is just one of the added benefits. I am hooked.

I will read this with my grandaughter. Thanks Miranda!

I've read the Giver, and the Uglies series. They really DO leave you with lots to think about. Especially since my daughter is right at that age where her friends are more important than her family--at least on the outside.

My favorite book? Lirael, by Garth Nix. Lots of humor, and it's about a girl with no family who learns how to make the best of the (magical) gifts she's been given. Along the way, she creates her own family, adding in those who are important to her as she finds them. Pretty much saves the world in the end. Loved it.

Second on the hunger games, except more for David. My boys loved this series!!!! Waiting for the final third installment.

I love reading recommendations from my daughters! I remember feeling so honored the first time one of my kids recommended a book for me to read--it was Holes by Louis Sachar. The fact that it was one of my boys made it even more fun. I was eager to read what he wanted me to share with him.

I just finished this year's Newbery Medal winner, on recommendation from my 11 year old daughter, and loved it. It's called When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.

So fun all of your suggestions. I have read The Giver. Hunger Games I have not, though both my son and husband enjoyed it. I'll have to check out The Uglies and When you Reach Me. Brothers Karamazov is my friend Margaret's favorite book...

Jenny I think you articulated why Miranda recommending this book was a big deal to me.

I love books. And when I share a book with someone it is my way of saying this book made me feel something, and because I like you, I want to share it with you. It's a way of connecting. So when my daughter recommended a book to me, it made me feel connected to her.

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  • When I took a sabbatical from Wall Street to pursue a different dream and help others live theirs, I learned that women in the U.S. may be placated, even pampered, but because we aren't dreaming, we are also desperate and depressed. Drawing on a variety of sources, ranging from academic studies to pop culture, dare to dream encourages us to dream. And then to act on our dreams.


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