A Write Teacher(s) Review: small great things

Dearest Bookworms, What can one say about Jodi Picoult? She is a wizard with words. She is a master of storytelling. She is a brilliant human. And she has recently come out with a new book, small great things. And it is so great. So, so, so great! See, Jodi Picoult tells stories that stay with you, she creates characters that feel like old friends, and after you are finished with one… Read More

A Write Teacher(s) Review: The Grownup

Dear Bookworms, A few months ago, I decided to join the Book of the Month Club.  I ordered the first month because it came with an extra book for no additional charge, and if you know anything about me, you know that I’ll do just about anything for a free book. Life got away from me, and I just now got around to reading that extra book. And let me tell you… Read More

Late Nite Comedy at 54 Below

What are you typically doing at 11:30PM on a Sunday Night? My bet is that you fall into one of these categories: A) You’ve got a case of the Sunday Scaries, looking for something to combat the impending Monday Blues. B) You’ve been in your house all weekend catching up on Netflix and need some human interaction. C) You had a boozy brunch, napped all afternoon, and are now wide awake, unsure of… Read More

A Write Teacher(s) Review: Perfect Little World

When Izzy found out she was pregnant, she thought she had a plan. She’ll marry the baby’s father, her high school art teacher, and they’ll live a happy life together. But things rarely go as planned, do they? Izzy finds herself alone and pregnant, working on her feet at a barbecue joint where she pulls meat from the bellies of pigs. She has a sort of plan, but things change when the… Read More

A Write Teacher(s) Review: HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE by Sarah Ruhl

HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE is an edgy look at love and the conventional perception of it’s boundaries i.e…does real love have to be limited to only one other and is it also limited to a type of love?…be it friendship, familial, or sexual. I know that sounds ambiguous, but it poses a legitimate questions of the capacity for love and who or what defines the boundaries of it. The play… Read More

A Write Teacher(s) Review: The Great Wall

  In Zhang Yimou’s recent Chinese monster epic, William Garin (Matt Damon) and Pero Tovar (Pedro Pascal), two European mercenaries seeking black powder, are taken captive by the Nameless Order, guardians of China’s Great Wall. The Commander of the Crane Troop, Lin Mae (Jing Tian), holds them prisoner as a cyclical battle between the Order and a force of lizard-like monsters, the Tao Tie, tests limits of both the wall and its defenders. While it sounds as… Read More

A Write Teacher(s) Review: Monday Morning Leadership

Dear Bookworms, Recently, I received a recommendation from a well-respected business leader to read the book Monday Morning Leadership. He recommended it as one that had impacted his own perspective significantly and so I took note. For readers, teachers, or just life-long learners, a good book is an invaluable tool, and if this one has contributed at all to the success of the man endorsing it, then I wanted to know about… Read More

A Write Teacher(s) Review: IN TRANSIT

In Transit  is an upbeat, hopeful, a cappella musical set in the dirty depths of the NYC subway system.  The story is synonymous with the transient nature of New Yorkers themselves; always on the move…always going somewhere…not always sure exactly where.  As an audience, we are eavesdroppers, watchers, voyeurs to the conversations and activities that tell us what dream they followed that landed them here and how their journey has been “delayed,”… Read More

A Write Teacher(s) Review: Lion

Write Readers, we’re about halfway there! The next film on the list is absolutely my favorite, and the one I’m rooting for to win the Academy Award for Best Picture: Lion. Lion is the true story about an Indian boy named Saroo who gets lost from home at the age of five, and it takes him twenty years to get back home. It was written by Luke Davies and directed by Garth… Read More

A Write Teacher(s) Review: Arrival

The next film on our list is as different as different could be, both within its genre and this category. And it’s a space movie, which all avid Write Readers know I actively avoid. (Please see the Gravity post for further explanation.) Arrival, starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker, is a science fiction film adapted from the 1998 short story “Story of your Life” by Ted Chiang. It was directed… Read More