The Week’s Most Popular Posts: August 31-September 6, 2013

Take a look back at the most popular posts from the week that was…

My 110 eleventh graders were reading Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and one of our administrators had notified me that the parents of one of those students had contacted the superintendent directly to complain about the assignment and, of course, demand that the book be removed from the curriculum, the school, the county, and, if possible, scrubbed from the fabric of their child’s brain. I told the administrator that I would gladly meet with the parents to discuss their concerns.

This was a lie on two fronts. For one, I wasn’t glad about any of this. And for another, I was using a broader definition of the word “discuss” which includes indignant shouting and fist-shaking.

-from What I Said When They Came for THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Josh Corman


Are you wondering what the next Atwood you pick up should be?  Handily, we have a flowchart for that!


The full-size chart can be found by following the link below.

-from Looking For Love In All The Right Places: A Margaret Atwood Flow Chart by Brenna Clarke Gray


Pooh Wisdom

-from Life Lessons from Winnie-the-Pooh by Wallace Yovetich


Doctor Sleep


Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (Scribner, September 24) Whatever happened to the little boy in The Shining when he grew up? King is back with a bit of an answer to that question, bringing us a story about a now middle-age Dan Torrance who is trying his damnedest not to follow in his alcoholic father’s footsteps. When all looks well for Torrance, he finds himself face-to-face with a young girl named Abra who conjures up his own suppressed past. Now, he’s got to help her survive the paranormal band of True Knot who are eager to devour their next meal — a child with the shining. Fans of The Shining should find this story horrifying and altogether satisfying.

-from 5 Books to Watch For in September by Kelly Jensen




The week’s most popular post over at Food Riot was… 

Definitely a "Take."

• Trader Jacques Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce ($3.49):Let’s start by saying that if I had to forego either chocolate or caramel for a year, I’d say give up the chocolate first. I’m a caramel freak. And I love making my own caramel sauce, so any purchased product had better be pretty amazing.

The Verdict: Take! If my homemade caramel sauce is a 10, this is about a 9.7—and again, that’s high marks for something so convenient. Remember, a great caramel sauce is more than caramelized sugar—it has to have butter or cream, and this one has both. So it’s velvety, luscious, and deeply flavored, with just a little bit of salt to pique the tongue.


-from Take, Taste, Toss: Trader Joe’s Edition by Wini Moranville



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