Tag Archives: Emily Bereiter

Remembering Carrie Fisher, the Writer

Much has been written about Carrie Fisher since her untimely death from a heart attack at the end of 2016. From tributes and retrospectives of her life to commentary on her importance in film history. Particularly for the science fiction genre as her most famous role, Princess Leia, brought a new perspective on how women could […]

The Strange Sadness of Stephen King’s “It”

For the longest time, I told myself that I would never read any book written by Stephen King. To me, the majority of his work seemed too weird, too scary or something that was likely to give me nightmares. While I had seen movie adaptations of his less terrifying works such as The Shawshank Redemption […]

Against the Odds: Three American Novels of Survival

As I was cleaning out my bookshelves recently, I happened to find three books that I had not read in years. They are: The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell, My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George and Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. All three novels feature characters younger than the age […]

“Toto, I Don’t Believe We’re in Illinois Anymore:” L. Frank Baum’s Chicago Connection

In October of 2016, the Smithsonian Museum of American History began a Kickstarter campaign to raise money toward the conservation of Dorothy’s ruby slippers that were used in the 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz. The slippers in the museum are one of several pairs made for the movie. While I was familiar with the […]

Writers on the Road

Throughout history, Americans have  been known for their desire to discover and explore new places and enjoy new experiences. Never is this aspect of American identity more apparent than in its writers. From travelogues to diaries, American writers have taken pen to paper to record their thoughts and experiences as they traveled through the vast […]