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At the Guggenheim, 2015

The Storylines Exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, 2015

Books are literally art in one piece at the Guggenheim. The best novels change us and the way we see the world, like the best art does.  I’ve been thinking about Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See, which is art in many ways, from Doerr’s descriptions and rich characters, to the lovelydoerr way the white space occupies the pages and sets off the chapters, giving me a chance to take a fresh breath before I plunge on.  

You just… Continue reading

Summer Homework Comes Due

BoatWe understand the principle of the math packet. Kids do a bit of algebra over the summer so they keep their math brains engaged and start up Algebra II with all gears running. It’s a nice idea, in principle. In reality, it’s something else, and my heart goes out to families facing the end-of-summer homework crunch.

The first problem is that some kids, (like upcoming tenth graders, who last had Algebra I a year ago, in eighth grade, before an intervening year of geometry), aren’t refreshing; they have to re-learn… Continue reading

Why Do We Stay Up Late Reading?

To sleep or read, that is the question.

To sleep or read, that is the question.

The other night, I was reading Andy Weir’s The Martian, and once I hit midnight, I deliberately quit checking my watch because I didn’t want to stop reading. When I finally stumbled to bed around 2 a.m., with half the book still to go, I was exhausted but gleeful. Stealing time from my sleep is frankly irresponsible, but that doesn’t stop me. In a way, it adds to my pleasure because it’s a minor rebellion.  

Loving a book enough to stay… Continue reading

Dam Jumpers

Jumpers at the Farmington River, CT, July 31, 2015

Jumpers at the Farmington River, CT, July 31, 2015

Three kids jumped off a dam this weekend. I arrived by bike just in time to see them balancing out along the edge of water, the up-river side smooth, the other side dropping in a curtain of white, and one by one, they leapt into the Farmington River. After the third one resurfaced, he waved to me, and I was thankful for the proof he was unharmed. I don’t know if he was ever scared. He seemed joyful.

I was vicariously,… Continue reading

Summer Reading

IMG_4707We’re half way through July and deep into the summer. I had my first summer visit to an ice cream truck this week, and when I’m not writing, I’m reading. Now’s the perfect time to curl up with your toes pointed towards a window screen and get lost in another world. Want some ideas?  I read with a YA heart, so naturally, it wanders.

Sweet by Emmy Laybourne is a dark comedy about a teen who joins her friend on a weight-loss cruise, but the artificial sweetener hyped to help… Continue reading

Works in Progress

IMG_4647 - Version 2My first batch of line edits for The Rule of Mirrors (Vault 2) came a couple days ago, so I back-burnered my new draft of Book 3 to work on them. On my breaks, I’m writing the Q&A for the back matter of the paperback of Book 1, which takes me to thinking about where the series started. So, essentially, I’m mentally in all three books right now, and I like that.

At the same time, I’m hyper-aware that it’s summer, and the season has become inextricably intertwined with my work.… Continue reading

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Caragh's Latest Favorite Reads

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
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The Dog Stars
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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
The Fault in Our Stars
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Until It Hurts to Stop


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