Review: The Talk-Funny Girl

What it is:  The Talk-Funny Girl by Roland Merullo is a novel about Marjorie, a 17-year-old girl living in rural New Hampshire, and the challenges she faces growing up in a more or less abusive home where her parents keep her isolated and even use their own strange dialect of English. After getting a job as…

The Best Social Network

Reading has always been a primarily solitary activity. Sure, adults read aloud to young children, but in most cases that stops when a child gains the ability to read independently. Just because we read the actual words alone, though, doesn’t mean that books aren’t meant to be shared. Discussions about literature in class, at book club,…