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Monthly Archives: January 2012

lists and news!

Happy almost-February! I really like this month. I do. There are fun family birthdays, and treats, and it’s short and spring is coming. This is one of those newsy-type posts… First of all, MATCHED was named to YALSA’s list of 2012 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults. You can see the full list here. I love YALSA!!! Remember when MATCHED made the 2011 Teens’ Top Ten




i was afraid

We took our kids to Disneyland for the first time over the long weekend. My husband and I both had work off and so we decided to go for it–the kids have been wanting to go for a LONG time and they are perfect ages (everyone able to walk by themselves, use the potty, etc.). So off we went. I spent the first day walking




no good stopping place

“With literature, as with the arts, as with faith—and life—there is really no good stopping place.” –Dr. Richard H. Cracroft I took the quotation above from an article published in my alumni magazine by a former professor of mine, Dr. Cracroft. As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, he taught the Wallace Stegner senior course, and that class shaped me as a person, a reader,




love right now

Besides my husband and kids (of course!), here are some things I love right now: *These cookies (above), which my dear friend Josie brought me all the way from London. I love them almost as much as I love Josie. Work is so much more fun with these Hob Nobs at my side. I have been addicted to these things ever since my days studying




for 2012

photo credit Brook Andreoli I spoke about this little tin heart in a keynote address earlier this year. It’s from the story of the tin soldier and how, at the end of everything, this was all that was left of him. The tin soldier story is one of those Job-like tales where everything keeps going wrong, over and over again, and you think, “Things can’t