Before I was comfortable sharing my book nerdiness with the world, I did my best to blend in with my less-than-literary surroundings. My “best” wasn’t all that great though. Even though my mom was aware that reading had been soothing my nerves and stimulating my mind since I was a toddler, the outside world had no idea. I spent much of my teenage years hiding my love of books. When everyone else was scoffing at the language and length of The Scarlet Letter, I was scoffing with them. Only I’d go home and pull out my copy of The Scarlet Letter and read it with a goofy grin on my face, underlining all my favorite old English phrases. Continue reading “10 ways to spot an undercover book nerd”
If you aren’t familiar with the incredibly talented Haitian-American writer, well then let me just take a moment to introduce you to Edwidge Danticat.
She was born near Port-Au-Prince, Haiti in 1969 and was raised by her uncle until age 12 when she joined her parents in Brooklyn, New York. There, she learned English and continued her education. She had begun writing at the age of 9 while still in Haiti. Continue reading “That Time I Met Edwidge Danticat”
One thing about readers is that they love getting books! The problem with buying books for readers though, is that the true written-word-nerd tends to be quite picky about things like editions, covers art, hardcover or softcover, etc., etc. It might deter many well-intentioned gifters from buying books for the book lover in their lives. Still, there are some books that transcend the problematic individuality of readers will (most likely) be loved by all readers.