Updated Red Tent Bookclub Sched

Wednesday, February 27th (Amy’s house):       In Cold Blood. Truman Capote
Wednesday, March 20th:                          Bossy Pants. Tina Fey
Wednesday, April 24th                           Unorthodox. Deborah Feldman
Wednesday, May 29th:                            The Night Circus. Erin Morgenstern
Wednesday, June 26th:                           The Human Stain. Philp Roth
Wednesday:  July 31st (Jessica):                The Fixer by Teresa E. Woods (Jessica’s neighbor)

Covergirls book pick for March-December 2013

Book pick at Barnes and Noble, was fun as always. Carol took THE picture. Welcome new member Peggy Berry (Carol’s SIL). We remain on our Thrs evening, 7:30pm schedule. Note two exceptions below **  

Feb 20 In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson at Michelle’s (a WEDs eve btw) ***

March 21 Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese at Marcia’s (her bday is the 18th!)

April 19th The Unforgettable Henry House by Gruenwald at Annita’s (a FRI eve btw) ***

May 16 Wild by Cheryl Strayed at Theresa’s or Rhonda’s (? you decide!)

June 20 I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron at Paula’s 

July 18 The Time in Between by Duenar at Michelle’s

August 15 Possession by A.S. Byatt at Rhonda’s or Theresa’s (? u decide!)

September 19 The Unthinkable by Amanda Ripley at Mya’s, maybe in her garden? Maybe with the hubs?? 

October 17 White Truffles in Winter by NM Kelby at Carol’s

November 21 The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton at Karen’s (? Karen, u decide!)

December – extended reading time due to holidaze, book gift exchange and discussion in New Year

January 9th Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by ??? Host???

-A. Woz

be ready for New Year 


Red Tent bookclub schedule Jan2013-July 2013

The Red Tent Schedule

Wednesday, January 30th :    Tigers Wife. Tea Obreht  (Rochelle)
Wednesday, February 27th:  The Fixer by Teresa E. Woods (Jessica’s)
Wednesday, March 20th:       In Cold Blood. Truman Capote
Wednesday, April 24th:        Bossy Pants. Tina Fey
Wednesday, May 29th:       Unorthodox. Deborah Feldman (currently in hard cover; not sure if it has an anticipated paper back date)
Wednesday, June 26th:    The Night Circus. Erin Morgenstern (currently in hard cover; not sure if it has an anticipated paper back date)
Wednesday:  July 31st:      The Human Stain. Philp Roth

Red Tent Bookclub picks 2013

Wednesday, November 28 (Amy’s):    Poisener’s Handbook by Deborah Plum
Wednesday, December 19th (Tess):  Holiday party and book exchange
Wednesday, January 30th :    This is potentially a swap night where Jessica’s neighbor will come in and we will have read:  The Fixer by Teresa E. Woods 
Wednesday, February 27th:  Tigers Wife. Tea Obreht
Wednesday, March 27th:       In Cold Blood. Truman Capote
Wednesday, April 24th:        Bossy Pants. Tina Fey
Wednesday, May 29th:       Unorthodox. Deborah Feldman (currently in hard cover; not sure if it has an anticipated paper back date)
Wednesday, June 26th:    The Night Circus. Erin Morgenstern (currently in hard cover; not sure if it has an anticipated paper back date)
Wednesday:  July 31st:      The Human Stain. Philp Roth

On reading Ravitch and helping in classrooms

Kids are not widgets. Kids are living, breathing wonders.

We will never be able to mass produce intelligent students by increasing the number of quality control assessments. Technological advances, when paired with qualified support staff, create energy and interest and avenues for in-depth topic exploration.  Alone, technology is just a pacifier for unruly behaviors or a distraction for a child who needs a break from the realities of operating in an environment requiring high levels of social interaction, navigation of the many grey areas and the need to learn to read between the lines.

Classrooms need caring grown ups,  in addition to the teacher, to handle behavioral outbursts and learning styles for a variety of diverse student populations and to offer a smile, encouragement and sometimes bi-lingual support for teacher and student.

Schools need teachers well-trained in curriculum and classroom management, more time for learning AND playing, smaller class sizes and parental engagement in the operations of the school.

Students benefit from community support and awareness of the collaborative (not competitive) charter schools emerging in some districts in Wisconsin. Success,  through cost-effective models where traditional public schools and non-traditional public instrumentality charter schools find ways to work together, combines resources and exposes parents to alternative ways to meet the academic and social needs for students from a variety of cultures, incomes and abilities.

It takes many big people to grow little humans.

Additional resources for those interested in exploring education topics:




A. Woz

May 17, 2012 for ChildGrower Blog

Red Tent Bookclub Picks

From Robin: Okay, this is for all my FB friends who frequently ask me what our book club is reading. We got together last night and made our selections for the next 12 months. Here’s our list:

JUne 7- at Robin’s- Bad Marie

The Moonflower Vine. Jetta Carleton

The Submission. Amy Waldmann
The Marriage Plot. Eugendies
The Poisoners Handbook. Deborah Blum
Tigers Wife. Tea Obreht
In Cold Blood. Truman Capote
Bossy Pants. Tina Fey
Unorthodox. Deborah Feldman
The Night Circus. Erin Morgenstern
The Human Stain. Philp Roth

Covergirls May2012 – Dec2012

Welcome to the Book Pick list for the Covergirls!

Updates, in Purple,  added May 4, 2012 . Mya’s book changed, new links to Amazon for books search. (Hmmm…maybe next time I should link to a local book store)

We technically need a host for MAY and JUNE:  Karen has signed up for May and September but really May is not her turn! Any newer members willing to give it a whirl???

Theresa mentioned June might work so she must confirm.

We will continue to meet on the 3rd Thursday of the Month to discuss the book suggested by the host for that same month.

If someone is unable to host on the 3rd Thursday then please let the rest of the group know and someone else will step in to host for you at her house OR we will meet at a restaurant or bookstore of alternate’s choice. This way we can all keep our calendars solid.

Note: JK Rowling’ new book The Casual Vacancy is coming out in September if you are curious to see what she can write that is not like Harry Potter!

And: Barnes and Noble will gladly order multiple books for registered bookclubs and HOLD them on the shelf in the upstairs area for any bookclub member. Good place to browse and see what other bookclubs are reading, too.

The WHENs and the WHEREs and the WHATs and the WHOs

Karen- May 17 The Elegance of the Hedgehog– by ?

Theresa- June 14 TBA (suggested titles by the crowd include The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obrent, The Kitchen House by Kathleen Glisson)

Marcia-July 19 Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

Mya-August 16 Cutting for Stone by Verghese  The Willpower Instinct by McGonigal

Karen- September 20 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Annita-October 18 The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenites (coming out in paperback in mid September)

Michelle- Nov 15 In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

Carol- Dec 6th Holiday Book exchange and discussion of The Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’nan

SPRING CHALLENGE : Can we reconstruct the list of books we’ve read since we began meeting?

#A. Woz

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