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review 2017-03-08 03:33
Good Night, Firefly
Good Night, Firefly - Gabriel Alborozo,Gabriel Alborozo

Good Night, Firefly is a sweet story about a young girl who is afraid of the dark, and the firefly she catches as a nightlight. It is a story about understanding and doing what is best for others.

This book scored a 2.4 on the Automated Readability Index, making it ideal for 2nd grade and above. This book can be used to teach empathy to students. Classes can discuss how the characters might have felt throughout the story, and whether or not the main character did the right thing in the end. 

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review 2017-01-22 14:03
Author has a case...unfortunately it's buried.
Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion - Paul Bloom

I was perfectly open to reading Bloom's dissertation that there is *too much* empathy, rather than the need for more. This seemed highly relevant to recent events, plus as a general rule: why is it that certain events get far more attention and time when others don't? Does empathy affect our judgment too much? 


Unfortunately, Bloom's message is completely muddled and buried in what seems like a word salad. He goes off too long and too many times on examples that are supposed to better enlighten the reader but instead messes his point. He does perhaps have a point, but it's difficult to sift through the rest of of it to actually find out what he's actually trying to say.


I'm not saying the author should have held my hand, but after outlining what each chapter is supposed to convey I expected a book that had been mapped out much better. From what I understand this is an extension of various newspaper articles. Honestly, I would recommend reading those instead. This book really doesn't do what the author is trying to get across and therefore he fails to make his case. 


There are points that are probably worth considering and Bloom's thesis was worth expanding upon. It's pity the book doesn't accomplish what it set out to do.


Skip the book.

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text 2016-04-15 15:00
Fabulous Five Friday: Essay Collections (4/15/2016)
Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Joan Didion
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader - Anne Fadiman
Bad Feminist: Essays - Roxane Gay
The Empathy Exams: Essays - Leslie Jamison
Paris Was Ours - Penelope Rowlands

Fabulous Five Friday: Five Great Essay Collections



 Slouching Toward Bethlehem by Joan Didion


There is no denying that Didion is the queen of the essay form. Bethlehem is one of her earliest collections, but it’s still my favorite. Though some might find the essays rooted in the current events of the 1960s a bit dated, her personal essays are timeless. Some of her best known pieces come from this collection, like “On Keeping a Notebook,” “On Self-Respect,” and “On Going Home.”


Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman


Anne Fadiman is a book person after my own heart, only smarter and more articulate. Each essay looks at a personal experience with reading, like learning to love reading by watching her parents, or her family’s obsession with finding errors in their books. Her whole family is bookish and weird and really fun to read about.


Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay


This collection is not so much a direct analysis of feminism as it is simply a collection of Gay’s pieces from all over the internet. She focuses so much on feminism, directly and indirectly, that the title is still pretty spot-on. The essays cover everything from the day-to-day struggle of being a POC in academia to what it’s like to compete in a Scrabble tournament. Her pop culture criticism is both incisive and highly personal, which something I strive for in my own criticism and she makes for a fantastic teacher.


The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison


This collection got a lot of buzz when it came out, and for good reason. Jamison writes highly personal essays on the experience of empathy in a style that seems meandering but always comes together in perfect but surprising ways.


Paris Was Ours: Thirty-Two Writers Reflect on the City of Light edited by Penelope Rowlands


Writers—some famous, some less so—write about visiting or living in modern Paris. The different voices and experiences each capture something unique about the city and about what it’s like to be in a famous place that contains so many contradictions. Like with all anthologies, I found some more interesting than others, but none were disappointing.

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review 2015-09-17 02:56
The Empathy Exams, by Leslie Jamison
The Empathy Exams: Essays - Leslie Jamison

On the cover of my edition of The Empathy Exams, by Lesli Jamison, Mary Karr says that the book will make its readers better people. This is not true. I’m not a better person for having read it. A couple of the members of my book club declared that they weren’t improved by reading it. Then our conversation veered into the very short list of books that might actually have changed us. The Empathy Exams does explore how we feel when we witness others in pain or in turmoil, but it’s a very academic exploration...


Read the rest of A Bookish Type.

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review 2015-08-31 00:00
The Empathy series Box set
The Empathy series Box set - Ker Dukey My Reviews!

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em·pa·thy: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

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This absolutely sounded like my kind of book! I love my men a little crazy! We got a double dose of crazy in this book=) Blake was a force to be reckoned with. I can read about characters like him ALL day long! I loved this book. Read it!!

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Ker writes dark like nobody else! Ryan...what a total nut job!! I love them nutty and this guy takes the cake! Such a dark twisted story. I loved it.

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ALLLLLLL aboard the Crazy Train!!! Oh how I love the crazy!!! This family is so messed up! The really good kind of messed up, ha ha is there such a thing?!? YES!! Ryan is one of those people that you love but you hate at the same time. I want to be his friend but I also want to kill him!=) I loved getting into Cereus's brain, I don't want to spoil anything so my advice is just read it! You won't regret it, not one bit!

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This was dark!!! Dark and deadly!! I always forget just how messed up Ryan is!!! It turns out Cereus is just as messed up as he is! Wow!!! If you like a little dark and crazy with a side of insanity then this book/series is for you. Really you should check out all Ker's stuff it is ALL good!!!
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