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review 2016-11-10 17:06
That Is Not a Good Idea! - Mo Willems

This book is a great book to show students. I would use this book up to 3rd grade. Everyone thinks that the bad animal in a book would be a fox rather than the rabbit, but not in this case. This book teaches a child not to assume who is bad, but wait and read how its going to end. A teacher could use this book to have the students right another script. The book is more of cartoon writing so each student could take a page or a group of students good and come up with their own original story based on the pictures.

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review 2014-07-27 00:00
Assuming Names (Criminal Mischief #1)
Assuming Names (Criminal Mischief #1) - Tanya Thompson ‘Assuming Names’ is one of those books that effortlessly propel you forward through an incredible story by means of masterful writing, all the while keeping a firm hold on your attention. Given that this is a true story, to say that it is a truly remarkable one would be a great understatement.

Tanya tells of her life at fifteen, and her adventures as a highly intelligent thrill seeker/con artist. With high-speed chases, close encounters with criminals and the law, and scenarios that will set you on the edge of your seat, there is never a dull moment. There is also a fair share of irony to be had between it all that often blurs the lines between good morals and corruption in our society.

This is a story that would make a great movie, as it's smart, filled with action, thrills, and just the right recipe of elements to appeal to just about anyone, whether you’re a saint at heart or the more mischievously-inclined. A very worthwhile and enjoyable read that will stay in my collection to read again and an author to watch!
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review 2013-03-19 00:00
Assuming the Position: A Memoir of Hustling - Rick Whitaker Rating: 3.75* of fiveThe Book Description: Rick Whitaker divulges the complex reasons that drove him to prostitution and reflects on the cost of a life of half-truths and emotional lies. With an unsentimental eye, Whitaker chronicles his descent and eventual resolution.My Review: That's a pretty sparse description for a pretty intense book. It's a short thing, pared down to its essential points, and purged of prurient detail. (Darn it.)Whitaker was the editorial assistant to publishing legend Gordon Lish. You know, Raymond Carver? Richard Ford? The one who edited, or quite possibly more than edited, their best stuff. He was, apparently, absorbing a lot from Lish (not a double entendre that I know of) because he wastes no words here describing his descent from broke publishing minion to crack-addled sex worker AND broke publishing minion.It's amazingly easy to understand and sympathize with Whitaker. He's not some rotten-souled vile being who expresses himself by Doing Shocking Things. He's a guy who needs a center to his life, needs a sense of belonging and of mattering. I speak from experience here: If one needs those things, NEW YORK IS NOT THE PLACE TO LIVE. I watched it eat people alive, make others miserable, and all because the one thing those folks needed was the one thing the city does not reward.Whitaker sold access to his body for drug money, for the momentary illusion of power, and for the sheer hell of it. He ended up not wanting what he found, and got out, and told his story so all the experience would not go to waste.I like the book, where lots didn't much. I respect sex workers for the sheer magnitude of their performance capability. I admire their generosity of spirit (how many pretty people do you imagine subcontract their sex lives? Lots of old, lonely, ugly, fat folks do). I've had some very good friends (without benefits, thank you for asking) who did this demanding and difficult job. Whitaker's was a story I've heard with variations for years. It's not something I'd suggest one read for titillation, but any moralists who have accidentally stumbled into reading my reviews (you must feel so lost, poor lambs) should give it a whirl, as should those inclined to judge and find wanting all those billions and billions of people not precisely like themselves. (There is overlap in the categories, but they aren't all the same people.)Empathy can be learned. Try this and see if you can't find some for a man searching for acceptance.
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