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Book Title: A Day's Work|
Date of issue: December 31st 1997
ISBN 13: 9780395845189
The author of the book: Eve Bunting
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.11 MB
Edition: Houghton Mifflin
Read full description of the books A Day's Work:Oh dear. So this book arrived by mistake from Amazon. I forget what I had ordered instead. Definitely not this. But Eve Bunting is amazing so I kept it. It's a complicated, kind of sad story told very simply. And it makes me think about all the heavy lifting we have our children do when they read. I look at high school reading lists or books like this one -- children are reading about the Holocaust and terminal cancer and illegal immigration and war and cultural difference and racism. I look at adult best seller lists. Apparently, we're reading about sex and explosions. Is adulthood so exhausting? I don't want to read about the Holocaust or cancer. I don't even want to read this sweet, short book. It's too sad. I used to read things like that regularly. Ooh goodie! Another book about abused foster children! Another book about dying soldiers and the Civil War! And now I read books that all end the same way. They are very soothing. I'm not sure what that's about. If I feel like I did my time as an adolescent and am done with sad books? Or if I feel like there are enough real things to be sad about without seeking it out in my fiction? Whatever it is, I'm not alone. Adult fiction is lightweight. Our kids are reading harder books than we are.
Read information about the authorAlso known as Evelyn Bolton and A.E. Bunting.
Anne Evelyn Bunting, better known as Eve Bunting, is an author with more than 250 books. Her books are diverse in age groups, from picture books to chapter books, and topic, ranging from Thanksgiving to riots in Los Angeles. Eve Bunting has won several awards for her works.
Bunting went to school in Ireland and grew up with storytelling. In Ireland, “There used to be Shanachies… the shanachie was a storyteller who went from house to house telling his tales of ghosts and fairies, of old Irish heroes and battles still to be won. Maybe I’m a bit of a Shanchie myself, telling stories to anyone who will listen.” This storytelling began as an inspiration for Bunting and continues with her work.
In 1958, Bunting moved to the United States with her husband and three children. A few years later, Bunting enrolled in a community college writing course. She felt the desire to write about her heritage. Bunting has taught writing classes at UCLA. She now lives in Pasadena, California.
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