• Here are just a few of the books that rattle around in brain on a daily basis. You'll notice that while I enjoy reading literature & poetry, I also love reading books about mental & dietary health as well as cookbooks since I try to make most of my own meals at home. 

  • 100 Love Sonnets

    by Pablo Neruda Year Published: 1959
    A goal of mine is to learn Spanish so that I can read these poems in the original language. I'm told that the poems, while breathtaking translated in English, are even more beautiful in the original Spanish. 
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  • Anne of Green Gables

    by L.M. Montgomery Year Published: 1908

    Whenever I tell people that I named my daughter Cordelia, they assume that I named her after the favorite daughter in King Lear. At that point, I usually sheepishly look at my feet and kick the dirt. I've known since I was a little girl that if I ever had a daughter I would name her Cordelia because of Anne Shirley. She always wanted to be called Cordelia and to have "nut brown hair" and a "rose-leaf complexion." That was the perfect description of my beautiful girl when she was born. And, of course, there was also an Anne of Green Gables marathon on PBS the day she was born! Clearly, it was kismet.

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  • Gluten Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread

    by Nicole Hunn Year Published: 2013

    When my doctors ordered me to stop eating wheat and gluten, I was pessimistic and upset. I thought that I would never be able to enjoy bread again. Nicole also started baking gluten-free recipes out of necessity: her son was diagnosed with celiac disease years ago. I found my way to Nicole's recipes gradually through social media. At first, her recipes seemed really difficult and complex. And then, I tried a few. They were simpler than I expected. I'm so happy to have bread back in my diet. I also love her recipes because a lot of them are free from eggs, which I'm also allergic to. Since I make most of my own food at home, Nicole's recipes are a lifesaver. 

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  • I Quit Sugar

    by Sarah Wilson Year Published: 2014
    This is the first book that I read on my journey to a sugar-free lifestyle. Sarah Wilson has a thyroid autoimmune disorder, just like me. Her doctors had told her that she needed to cut out sugar if she wished to heal her body. The recipes are easy and tasty. 
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  • Letters to a Young Poet

    by Rainer Marie Rilke Year Published: 1929
    I'm really a poet at heart, and these letters speak to the poet in all of us. 
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  • Parenting with Love and Logic

    by Foster Cline, M.D. and Jim Fay Year Published: 1990
    This book series offers many tools for parents and teachers to use to teach children how to live and live well. I use many Love and Logic principles throughout the day with my students and my small children. 
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  • Persuasion

    by Jane Austen Year Published: 1817
    The English teachery thing to say is that I love Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and I do! However, I think that Persuasion rates even higher than Pride and Prejudice in my life. It is one of the novels that Austen wrote toward the end of her life and seems to touch on her own experiences to a greater extent than her previous works. Also, I love the 1995 BBC movie just as much as the book. That rarely happens.
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  • Sweet Poison

    by David Gillespie Year Published: 2008
    I started reading this book because I was interested to know if sugar was contributing to my constant fatigue. I'm happy to report that cutting out most of the fructose in my diet has really helped eliminate a lot of my fatigue AND lowered my blood pressure. Gillespie cites several important scientific studies about how table sugar (particularly the fructose in it) has caused a great deal of the sickness in our society. 
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  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    by Sherman Alexie Year Published: 2007
    I read this book for the first time this summer and fell in love with the illustrations and the strong voice of the main character, Junior. It's a controversial book (not everyone thinks it's great), but I can't help being madly in love with the story and the characters.  
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  • The Cow in the Parking Lot

    by Susan Edmiston & Leonard Scheff Year Published: 2010

    If you want to learn more about living in the moment and letting go of what bothers you about the past, this book is for you. It's easy to read and full of ancient wisdom that the people of today need now more than ever. 

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  • The Princess Bride

    by William Goldman Year Published: 1973
    Again, it is extremely rare thing when I love both the book and the movie equally. Perhaps in this case it is because William Goldman wrote both the book and the movie. Both are extremely funny. However, if pressed, I would have to tell everyone that I enjoy the book even more than the movie. A book gives so much more detail! In the case of this book, a plethora of funny details make it a must-read. 
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  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    by Harper Lee Year Published: 1960

    Something wonderful begins to happen when a teacher's interaction with a book spans a decade: the book becomes part of the backdrop of that teacher's life. That is how I feel about some of the books that I have taught for so long. Even though I no longer teach freshmen, To Kill a Mockingbird is woven into the tapestry of my life. And it speaks to me now more than ever as events in the news continue to unfold. 

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  • Unleashed: Poems by Writers' Dogs

    by Amy Hempel & Jim Shepard Year Published: 1995
    This collection of poems is at times humorous and at times poignant. All poems are written from the perspective of the writers' dogs. It's perfect gift for dog/poetry lovers!
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  • Wheat Belly

    by William Davis, M.D. Year Published: 2011

    This book helped me feel a little less crazy about eliminating wheat and gluten from my diet. A doctor who followed the USDA health guidelines to the letter and yet still had many health problems wrote this book. When he eliminated wheat and gluten from his diet, many of his health problems ended. I wish I would have had this book when I was a teenager. I could have avoided so many problems!  

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  • You Drive Me Crazy: Love Poems for Real Life

    by Mary D. Esselman & Elizabeth Ash Velez Year Published: 2005
    I enjoy reading understated love poetry. This excellent collection brings together many poems which celebrate love in the everyday things. One of my favorite quotes is from a poem by Etheridge Knight: "Words are not our bond/I need only the hard fact/Of your existence for my subsistence./Our love is a rock against the wind,/Not soft like silk and lace."
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