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Kerri's book Pick of the Week is Emily Bazelon's "Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy."
Kirkus calls it "a nuanced approach to the epidemic of bullying in American schools."
Bazelon dispels myths about bullying, such as that it's a common cause of suicide and that there's more bullying now than at any previous time. But she does not dismiss the need to confront the problem.
"We need the whole community to get on board for really changing the social norm," she said in the Chicago Tribune. "My favorite comparison is to drunk driving. When I was a teenager, drunk driving was, I hate to say it, a tiny bit cool. That's not the case any more. A mass media campaign, advocacy groups, parents, schools, everyone got on board to change the norm."
Next week we’ll be featuring three great young adult authors on The Daily Circuit. Rainbow Rowell, Gene Luen Yang and local author Carrie Mesrobian exemplify the kind of smart, insightful writing coming out of the genre today. While their books are classified as YA, they feature great writing and interesting characters that appeal to adult…
The year end book lists are coming out. Here are 4 varied lists. Amazon’s Top 20: Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch” tops a combined list of fiction and non-fiction. It’s hard to articulate just how much — and why — “The Goldfinch” held such power for me as a reader. Always a sucker for a good…