PAX – Sara Pennypacker

“You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.” – The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Those were the words I couldn’t shake while reading Sara Pennypacker’s Pax (HarperCollins Publishers, 2016).  The fox’s wise words from a beloved childhood classic echoed on each page of Pennypacker’s middle grade book about a boy and his fox.Continue reading “PAX – Sara Pennypacker”

HORSE HEAVEN – Jane Smiley

There are some books that leave a lovely ache.  Some books that reach into your bones and squeeze until you say “NO MORE” but you keep reading anyway.  For me, Jane Smiley’s HORSE HEAVEN is one of those books.  Smiley is a talented author who can write with that perfect level of fervent passion thatContinue reading “HORSE HEAVEN – Jane Smiley”

Beatrice and Virgil – Yann Martel

Some of you may recall my frantic childlike behavior when I loaned Life of Pi to a pretty eyed boy who promptly left it in Ohio.  I demanded the book be returned.  My copy.  I didn’t want a new one, I wanted my copy.  The one that still smells like train rides in England andContinue reading “Beatrice and Virgil – Yann Martel”

The Elephant Keeper – Christopher Nicholson

“The Elephant Keeper is the best book I’ve read in the past twenty years or so.” – Nikki Giovanni Dear Nikki, You clearly don’t read many books. Sincerely, The Bookslut. I didn’t purchase this book because of Giovanni’s blurb or the pretty colors of the cover (okay, maybe the colors did factor in) – itContinue reading “The Elephant Keeper – Christopher Nicholson”