My Top Ten Classic Novels for Teenage Girls

I used to mentor teenage girls.  I spent a lot of time with them, and sometimes part of that mentoring was teaching them interviewing skills.  During many of those practices, the girls would be asked, “What’s your favorite book?” Some would answer, “A Tale of Two Cities, by Mark Twain.  The movie was really good.”... Continue Reading →

Twelve Parenting Tips from Reviving Ophelia

At the end of one of my English 1010 classes, a student wrote a magnificent paper.  I don’t remember the exact theme or her argument, but I do remember that she had used Mary Pipher’s Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls (1994) as a source.  Now, this student was no ordinary student.  She... Continue Reading →

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