Author Archives: Laura

November 20

Giddy to Talk Kids’ Books

As a compulsive book buyer who likes to maintain a relatively uncluttered household, there are few things I love more than getting recommendations about books that will be worthy of taking up prime bookshelf real estate.  So when I saw that my local bookstore, Prairie Lights, was hosting a talk about children’s book recommendations, I […]

November 17

When Women Were Birds

What seems like an age ago, I was in an environmental nonfiction class in which I was assigned Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams. A memoir chronicling the rising of Great Salt Lake alongside the disturbing deaths from cancer of several of the women in Williams’s family, including her mother, it is an interrogation, on one […]

Moonlight

Moonlight Sara Teasdale It will not hurt me when I am old. A running tide where moonlight burned Will not sting me like silver snakes; The years will make me sad and cold, It is the happy heart that breaks. The heart asks more than life can give, When that is learned, then all is […]

On the Topic of Terrifying Children’s Literature

One of our family’s favorite poets to read is Ogden Nash.  He takes up hilarious, unusual topics and delivers them with such endlessly clever and surprising rhymes.  I have much more to say about him another day, but Lynne’s post on Beatrix Potter and dark narratives for children got me thinking about one of Nash’s […]

September 19

Beautiful Books for Kids (and Adults, Too!)

I’m currently completing an MFA in Book Arts, so you can bet that I judge a book by its cover.  And binding.  And paper.  And overarching design.  I won’t refuse to read an aesthetically displeasing book (I have spent many hours over the course of my life with a Norton edition in my lap, after […]

You Must Revise Your Life

When I taught various sections of Interpretation of Literature in graduate school over the course of some years, my major texts would shift and change.  Pride and Prejudice one semester.  Frankenstein another.  Love in the Time of Cholera one semester. Everything is Illuminated another.  And drama?  Never the same play twice.  Swapping out texts was an opportunity […]

September 04

Welcome Ann!

I am beyond delighted to announce that another lettered lady is joining the fray.  We welcome Ann, who is (like a few other folks around here) an English professor in the Midwest. As her bio states, Her academic interests include Shakespeare & early modern theater, contemporary theater performance, book and textual studies, trauma studies, and […]