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Why is every third 12-year-old female in the USA named Megan?

 

Is it okay to laugh aloud when the flight attendant annouces "The flight from Phoenix to Albuquerque will be a short 32 minutes. In the event of a water landing, your seat cushion...."?

 

Why do so many hotel rooms have a full-lngth mirror directly opposite the toilet? Is this necessary?

 

Why do very ordinary chain hotels have free internet access, but very pricey posh hotels (like the one I am currently in, in Houston) charge an exhorbitant daily fee?

 

Why is it so hard to spell exhorbitant?

 

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ojimenez Sunday, 14 October 2012

Just read the NY Times review of "SON."

Robin Wasserman's comment: "In many ways, Lowry invented the contemporary young adult dystopian novel."

Yesterday night during dinner at the Cheesecake Factory,of all places, my daughter (not Megan) was commenting that she's about had enough of the "dystopian" genre and of the 'strong female' character. It's becoming the new 'genre.' she continued.
I don't mind strong female characters, she said, (since I'm a girl and all) but if I read another dystopian novel with a strong female character type, I'll scream. This, after she had just completed a three-hour-long test to earn her black belt in Karate.

I tried to explain to her that some authors adopt the trends of successful writing to stay alive (Colson Whitehead's 'ZONE ONE' comes to mind.)

Robin Wasserman further notes: "..gloriously [Lois Lowry] rebels against the restraints of the very genre she helped to create."

Just goes to show, as Nabokov said: "Artistic originality has only its own self to copy."

Cheers!

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Jane Hinrichs Sunday, 14 October 2012

Also, the very high priced ones usually don't serve breakfast!!!

There are so many Megans -- I even have one (though she is 9 and she came with that name when we adopted her. If she had still been a baby I would have changed it because we already have a Maggie -- so confusing).

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DanaSWhitney Sunday, 14 October 2012

1. Because adults tend to lose rather than use their creative imaginations. 2.YES! 3.Sadistic hotel owners 4.Because they are sometimes the only game in town near a convention center, hiway interchange or other desirable venue. We avoid the Quincy (MA) Marriott now for that very reason. AND, it didn't used to be that way.
What I really wanted to say was how much I've enjoyed your books since I was a children's librarian back in the 70'and 80's. My daughter especially adored Anastasia, and to me your version of "family life" felt real. Congratulations on the bright, shiny and POSITIVE articles in last week's NY Times magazine and THIS week's NYT Book Review. I hope I can make it to your appearance in Wellesley or Cambridge (Just moved here from Texas... nice to be close to so many favorite writers and illustrators.

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Karen Cann Friday, 19 October 2012

Ms. Lowry, I just now finished "Son", and am so amazed by this quartet of books. "The Giver" has been my favorite book for years and years, and I have loved introducing it to my first my oldest son, and more recently my daughter. The themes in these books give us so much to discuss and me so much to think about. Thank you so much for writing them so cleverly and so beautifully. As a hobby-writer myself, yours is the kind of work I emulate. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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Lois Lowry Saturday, 20 October 2012

Thank you, all!!!!

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