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December 08, 2012


I love Purple Hibiscus! I actually started a book group so I could discuss it with people. It's such an engaging book, and so elegantly smart. I guess "well-crafted" is what I'm looking for, but not in a way that the craft is obvious; it's just really good. We read it in conjunction with Things Fall Apart, which was a fascinating juxtaposition (esp. given Purple Hibiscus's first line).

Enjoy the oasis! And I hope some of the essays are pleasant surprises. I've been thinking lately about why grading can be such a drag. Is there a way we can be engaged with grading in such a way that we're curious about what students will write?

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