Jane Reads

The Lady and The Panda is a true story about Ruth Harkness, the first American to bring a Panda to the United States. Fascinating and compelling – the story, that is. I struggled with Ruth. For me, she wasn’t very like-able. But I have a feeling, she wouldn’t care – which I also admire. Such an interesting account of the information available about the panda and the values and ethics of the time period.

This Beautiful Life, by Helen Schulman, is a compelling story of a young teen who receives an illicit video email from a girl who has crush on him. He is stunned, conflicted and confused. With a click of a mouse, he forwards the email to his best friend – a friend with whom he shares everything.  A modern-day telephone game ensues and the video goes viral. Click here to read the entire review.

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Jane Reads?


When you’d never know since I haven’t updated this page in forever. To redeem myself, please enjoy a quick list of what I’ve read (and highly recommend) in the past year or two or three. (How embarrassing!)

  1. Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen
  2. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (re-read because it’s that good)
  3. The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis (also re-read, because it’s that good)
  4. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
  5. What The Lady Wants: A Novel of Marshall Fields And The Gilded Age by Renee Rosen
  6. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  7. Learning To Breathe: My Yearlong Quest To Bring Calm Into My Life by Priscilla Warner
  8. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

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