the song from somewhere else

New Books: Recently Read Roundup

New Books: Recently Read Roundup

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.

Stuff We Like :: 6.16.17

home|school|life’s Friday roundup of the best homeschool links, reads, tools, and other fun stuff has lots of ideas and resources. 

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.


at home/school/life

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

two years ago: Mindful Homeschooling: Making Our Way Through Challenging Times


reading list

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?

I’m late to the party “discovering” poet Adrian Mitchell, but we all loved Come On Everybody, a collection of his poetry. (Personally, I especially loved this one and have pinned it up by my desk.)


at home

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.