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Book Nook Interview


Mark Roosevelt is an avid reader. He reads widely and deeply. Books are an important part of his life. In this essay collection Roosevelt reflects upon his reading life and offers readers some insights into some of the things which have stoked his passion for great literature.

A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life is a sprawling, overwrought punch to the stomach, wrenching to a degree that is difficult to describe. I was close to finishing it on an airplane, but had to stop reading as I could not control my weeping. I have never read a novel which left me so shattered.

A Defining Moment

By Mark Roosevelt

Recently I was hit hard by a startling piece of news —as of 2013, a majority of public school students in the United States live in poverty. Significantly, this is a national, not just an urban, problem. For example, low-income students now make up 40 percent of our suburban schools.

Vacation reading

By Mark Roosevelt

I reserve a part of a book shelf for “vacation nominees.” These are books that I believe will be especially compelling when my time is relatively free, and I can make my way through even a very long book in a compact period of time.