What's Going On Here?

There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Ahhhh...with a big, big smile

Brown Girl Dreaming is a lovely, beautiful, eloquent, eye-opening, heart-opening memoir.  I hope that Jacqueline Woodson will do as Roald Dahl and Gary Paulsen have done and continue on with autobiographical works.  There are many, many reasons why I hope that she does this.  In no particular order:  anything and everything she writes is beautiful.  She has an unique story to tell.  Woodson is one of the most important writers of our time.  We can all learn about history through her rich experiences.  BGD is Woodson's story of growing up in Columbus, where she was born, Greenville, South Carolina and Bushwick.  It is written beautifully in a free verse that is like music.  Her words make her feelings come alive in a way that a very, very few writers can do.  With every book Woodson proves that she is one of the greats.

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