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By posted at 5:00 am on September 11, 2006 3
  • On this sad aniversary, the Pioneer Press provides a small selection of 9/11 books and movies.
  • Ed does a great job reviewing Haruki Murakami’s new collection Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Kudos to him for penning a thoughtful and thorough review.
  • The AP writes up a new video game based on the Christian apocolyptic Left Behind series of books. The novels have sold more than 63 million copies according to the story.
  • This made me a little queasy: A teacher in Hurst, Texas has ignited an interest in reading among her students by having them all read a book together… James Patterson’s young adult thriller Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Whatever it takes, I suppose.
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3 Responses to “Monday Links”

  1. Kathleen Marie
    at 8:24 pm on September 11, 2006

    Of all the books in the world to read together as a class, that is certainly pathetic. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Edan
    at 4:42 pm on September 12, 2006

    I've never heard of this book…but if the kids enjoy it, what's the harm as long as there are other, higher quality tomes on their reading list? I've taught students who hated James Baldwin's work, but started reading on a regular basis again after reading Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven or their mom's copy of The Da Vinci Code. This particular taste in books escapes me, but, hey, at least young people are reading (and at least it's not the Left Behind series…!)

  3. Max
    at 5:02 am on September 14, 2006

    I see your point Edan, and I'm all for people reading fluffy stuff if that's what they need to get them reading, but I hope we're not at a point where they need to bring the fluffy stuff into schools.

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