In my life, I have won an inheritance and lost it. I have travelled through time and to the other side of the world. I have solved murders, experienced storybook romances, and discovered alternate universes. Which is to say: In my life, I have read. Academic tomes and romance novels, murder mysteries and classic literary fiction. Newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, and lots of product labels (but rarely user manuals).
I hold a PhD from New York University in English Education, with an emphasis in writing and rhetoric, and a MA in English Language and Literature. I have taught writing and literature at NYU, Fairfield University, and Sacred Heart University and consulted in the Writing Centers at NYU and Fairfield U. I am a recipient of NYU’s Willy Gorrissen Award for Dedication and Skill in the Academic Development of Student Writing. Currently, I am an associate faculty member in Communications at Post University.
My writing has appeared in Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, Education News, BookTrib, and Yoga Digest, among others. My writing for Hamlethub.com has earned four Connecticut Press Club awards.
Here I am talking books with Marcelle Soviero, Editor-in-Chief of Brain, Child Magazine:
Ten (bookish) things about me:
- Reading has been my favorite pastime since I discovered, in first grade, that books could power my imagination, and I strongly suspect that I remember the plots of my favorite childhood books better than I remember my own childhood experiences.
- Nine of my favorite books growing up:
- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
- A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- The All-of-a-Kind Family series by Sydney Taylor
- Time at the Top by Edward Ormondroyd
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
- Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
- A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
- Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
- Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
- I do not leave my house without a book (or my Nook GlowLight Plus). I might forget my cell phone and/or find myself running back into my house for my keys. But I never forget to bring a book.
- My favorite living novelists are Haruki Murakami and Nick Hornby. I’ve never read a book of theirs that I didn’t like, and I’ve read almost every book each has written.
- My favorite classic novelist is Charles Dickens. My current reading challenge is to read his entire canon. And if I can sneak in a trip to England to walk in his footsteps, so much the better!
- I love hearing authors talk about their books and talking about what I read almost as much as I love to read. So of course, I have to keep reading so I can keep having books to talk about.
- Keeping a journal of my daily life would seem boring, but a journal of my reading life? Awesome!
- Sometimes, when I really love a book, I hug it. (Is that weird?)
- Books I’ve hugged over the last few years:
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
- A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi
- The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré
- Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
- David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
- White Teeth by Zadie Smith
- The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson
- I love pairing a good friend with a good book. Need any recommendations, or have one to share? Let me know in the comments!