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The Difficulty of Leaving Books Behind

We are moving to Santa Fe New Mexico in December and once again have to box up approximately four-thousand books and pay a princely sum to have them transported across the country. As in many earlier moves, I am attempting to “deaccession” (I realize what a fancy word this is but “get rid of seems so harsh) as many books as I can stomach. This is not easy for me.

Our Souls at Night

In the August 23rd 2015 issue The New York Times Book Review posed this question to two authors: “Do We Mistake Inaccessibility for Brilliance?” Do we think that only hard books—think of The Sound and the Fury, Ulysses, and Infinite Jest—can be great?

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.