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Ms. Hempel Chronicles Paperback – September 18, 2009
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How many lessons must I (and publishers, for shame) learn about judging a book by its cover? As a writer, I cannot recommend this book enough. Ms Hempel is a thoroughly engaging protagonist full of doubt, wonder, humor, and above all heart. This is a book about life and its author a master. Sarah Shun-lien Bynum's words are carefully chosen - so carefully chosen as to flow effortlessly for the reader.
The sentiment here is not heavy handed; she doesn't beat you over the head. The book is written matter-of-fact, devoid of the chick-flicky weepiness that I so despise. So why did I find myself weeping at the end of this wonderful work of art? I suppose it's because I, as with her former students, remain deeply haunted by Ms. Hempel.
Though the subject matter may seem perfectly ordinary, the quality of the writing is anything but. Bynum has an outstanding command of the English language and I was simply blown away by some of her descriptions. I walked away from this book thinking, "this author is an extraordinary writer." However, I also walked away thinking that this book left me hanging, begging for another chapter to give it some sense of closure. It just did not feel complete and that prevented me from giving it five stars, which is too bad because I enjoyed this book a great deal. Enjoy every word of this one because there are not as many as you might wish and because writing of this caliber does not come along every day.
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This well-written book has the tone literary people call comic. Not funny-comic but life-affirming. Ms. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeanne
Truly a great read! It is a heartwarming story that diaries the life of a 7th grade teacher and how her students and her life as a teacher impact her even long after she leaves the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by powell
I enjoyed this for the most part! Some of the authors writing can get confusing which disrupts the narrative, but overall a worthwhile read.Published 22 months ago by Toshia
Ms. Hempel Chronicles is an a wonderful collection of short stories that chronicles the life of a teacher through different stages of her life. Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by David Moss
Someone mentioned this book to me, and it took me awhile to find it and read it, but I'm so glad I did. The stories are linked via the characters, and Ms. Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by Amazon Customer
A delightful read, somewhat quirky, at times whimsical, Ms. Hempel Chronicles is always entertaining. Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Bob Brink
Ms. Hempel is a disenchanted teacher and a lost soul. Even though she's only a twenty-something, she feels like her life is stalled; she lacks ambition, motivation and enthusiasm... Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by Jamie