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I love my job (I really, really do), but I’ve always been curious about what other people do for a living – how they spend their days, what issues and ideas and conflicts and goals of, say, a tax attorney, or a graphic designer, or a paper salesman. (Well, maybe not the last one. “The Office” pretty much fills that gap in my curiosity.)
I read a lot of new fiction, in large part to stay current about what kinds of titles library patrons will be requesting. So, it’s always nice when a book that I missed when it was initially released becomes one of my favorites and introduces me to an author’s body of work. I recently finished Crescent by Diana Abu-Jaber, a beautiful prayer of a novel that is as much poetry as prose. Published i
Writing in first person is always tricky, but writing from the perspective of a young adult is particularly challenging. This point of view is often used in coming of age novels, which are among my favorite types of books to read. Nothing breaks the suspension of disbelief like an unreliable narrator, though. When you begin to hear the voice of the adult author instead of the voice of a young adult, it’s jolting and disappointing.