It's all about adventure in these new books, whether you're visiting a fantasy world where one brave guild stands between a city and disaster or meeting a tween determined to start her own restaurant.
How is already the middle of June?
around the web
If you are having a rough week, I promise that the Comedy Wildlife Photography awards will make you feel a little better.
Count Olaf: evil math teacher
I read this with my teenager, and it resulted in some great conversations: You Must Understand Why You Believe What You Believe—And How You Got There
My children would never forgive me if I did not share this.
I loved this: The internet is where we share and steal the best ideas.
in the magazine: Early proofs for the summer issue are on my desk right now!
on the blog: Suzanne muses fondly on the Great Brain on the prairie
one year ago: How I balance homeschooling with a full-time job
My Library Chicken log for this week: Heretics!: The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy (+0 because obviously I had to own a copy of this), Passion and Affect: Stories (+1, pretty much everything by Laurie Colwin hits my sweet spot), The Song From Somewhere Else (+0, advance copy), History of the Peloponnesian War (+1, work-related), An Imaginary Life (+1, work-related—it’s historical fiction about the poet Ovid), Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change (+1, work-related), and The Murderer’s Ape (+1, delightful and surprising).
My son picked up a copy of the first book in the Bakuman series (a manga about making manga), and I was pretty thrilled when he wanted to go right back to the library to get the next installment in the series. Why is it always such a relief when he voluntarily reads something?
My best friend and I are teaching an awesome Classical mash-up class this fall that combines Greek and Roman history, science, philosophy, and literature, so we’ve been having lots of gelato-fueled planning meetings to get our syllabus organized.
Mary Katrantzou’s pre-fall collection (1.) is gorgeous and (2.) has me busting out the sewing machine for a little at-home Project Runway-ing.
AMY SHARONY is the founder and editor-in-chief of home | school | life magazine. She's a pretty nice person until someone starts pluralizing things with apostrophes, but then all bets are off.