BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


Category: books

Truth in Writing

Truth in Writing

Back in the 90’s I read Marlo Morgan’s Mutant Message Down Under. It’s the story of the author’s trek across Australia’s Outback with a tribe of Aborigines. I still remember thinking as I read, “What would I have done had I been in her circumstances? Would I have survived such things?” The narrative was chilling […]

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Plundered Libraries

Plundered Libraries

On my library excursion The Book Thieves caught my eye as I wandered past the new books shelves. I first thought it was The Book Thief, a novel by Markus Zusak. As I read the fly leaf, the back cover, a bit of the introduction, and scanned the table of contents, I realized this was a nonfiction account […]

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Literary Adventures

Literary Adventures

In February I wrote about libraries — the public ones of my past — and I promised to visit the ones in my city and in the places I travel. In March I wrote about independent bookstores — their uniqueness — and I promised to frequent them more often. Last Saturday I visited the main branch […]

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The Death of Dickens

I killed Dickens. Last week. On a warm spring afternoon. I hit delete and he was gone from my life. You see, I read him once in high school. A Tale of Two Cities. I didn’t like it much then but it was required reading. In recent years, as I’ve added classics to my regular reading, I’ve often […]

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Indy Bookstores

A few weeks ago I wrote about the importance of using our public libraries — a practice I’m working to reinstate in my life. It’s easy to assume we don’t need our libraries these days — we can find everything we need to know on the internet — or so it seems. But, deep inside, […]

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