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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936214717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936214716
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #988,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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". . . Chalk Circle is a truly important book." --Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize Winner and recipient of the Tu Do Chinh Kien Award


The Chalk Circle
at turns can amuse, bemuse, and challenge readers to redefine the spaces they occupy in society. --The Los Angeles Review

[The essayists'] amalgamated vision is educational and resonant. --World Literature Today, July/August 2013

The book carries a variety of stark, honest, and well-rendered first person narratives.--
ForeWord Reviews, June 2012

This collection of essays  . . . can lead to a greater understanding of and appreciation for our global community. --Dr. Zaline M. Roy-Campbell, Coordinator of the Program in Teaching English Language Learners, Syracuse University

The range of cultural diversity and personal complexity packed into this slim, beautiful volume is staggering and far outstrips any other collection out there.--Faith Adiele, editor of Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology 

I'll be honest: anthologies are not what I head for when I enter a bookshop. My gripe is that the tales are too short, and that just as you are getting into the swing of a story, it ends. This collection of real-life snapshots, on the other hand, is different.--Kate Allison, The Displaced Nation, May 2012

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Essays by: Samuel Autman, Shanti Elke Bannwart, M. Garrett Bauman, Simmons B. Buntin, Jeff Fearnside, Betty Jo Goddard, Katrina Grigg-Saito, Kelly Hayes-Raitt, Kamela Jordan, Tilia Klebenov Jacobs, Li Miao Lovett, Bonnie J. Morris, Mary Elizabeth Parker, Emma Sartwell, Christine Stark, Sarah Stoner, Lyzette Wanzer, Toshi Washizu, Gretchen Brown Wright.
Includes extensive, in-depth discussion questions for book clubs and instructors; fun, challenging "NET assignments" for high school and college students; and an introduction by acclaimed writer David Mura. 

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These well written essays are of a very personal nature by a broad spectrum of contributors.
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This is an excellent collection of essays about diversity.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Janney on April 29, 2012
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Once started, I could scarcely put this book down. The editor assembled a collection of personal, deeply reflective essays into an extremely readable arrangement of seven sections, each loosely based on Maslow's hierarchy of needs- needs, belonging, etc. While the intercultural essays took me to a variety of interesting places on the globe, that's not the `glue' of this collection. It's the reaching into each writer's experience, and their interpretation of that experience that is the heart of The Chalk Circle. Add a connection as a human who cares about global relations and this book is oh, so compelling. Now for my friends and book clubs to it - I can hardly wait for the discussions!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H. Touger on April 17, 2012
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If ever there was a time for this book, this is it. Gutsy essays, from the heart. Not a simple subject, and dealt with it in all its complexities from compelling individual viewpoints. This is a book to read and talk about .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Drees on January 19, 2013
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There is a reason these are all prize winning essays. Each, in its own way, opens up the window to some aspect of intercultural awareness and living, whether through use of family memory and story telling, travel and food, tales of personal and cultural identity, stories of racial division, reflections on war. There are so many approaches here, all strongly written, all thought-provoking as we live in a world that continues to grow culturally smaller.

Masih has organized the essays well into complimentary groupings and each has a brief biography of its author. There is also a selection of guided discussion questions at the end of the book, including an internet task for further investigation. I definitely plan to re-read this book in the future so that I can enjoy those essays that I truly loved and more deeply ponder those that made me think and question the hardest.

Strongly recommended
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jean jang on December 29, 2012
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As a Chinese who was born and grew up in the Philippines but eventually came to call the the United States home, this book showed me that Americans are even more diverse and complex than I ever thought. Sarah J. Stoner's "Fragments: Finding Center" put into words my own experience of being a Third Culture Kid living in America; while Lyzette Wanzer's "Signatures", Christine Stark's "Giiwe: go home", Tilia Klebenov Jacob's " Valentine and This Difficult World", Samuel Autman's "A Dash of Pepper in the Snow", Shanti Elke Bannwart's "Reflecting on Dragons and Angels" and "Tightrope Across the Abyss", and Mary Elizabeth Parker's "Miss Otis Regrets" showed me perspectives beyond my own, seemingly common immigrant experience. I highly recommend this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jane Perill on October 1, 2012
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The essays are clear and sometimes urgent reminders of the sort of conversations we might have as Americans hoping for a less divisive and more tolerant nation. I'm glad and not surprised that college English departments have adopted the text.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Kamata on June 5, 2012
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Masih has assembled an intelligent and eloquent collection of essays touching upon the complexities of intercultural relations. This book provides plenty of food for thought (fried locusts, anyone?) and fodder for meaningful classroom discussion, but there is much to engage the casual reader as well--a journey to Japan, the subtext of a song, art that burns, the confusion of being a Third Culture Kid, and much more. As soon as I reached the last page, I wanted to read it again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen R on May 20, 2012
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The Chalk Circle, edited by Tara L Masih is a collection of essays about people relating to the fact that they or others don't fit in or are not welcome in the culture in which they are living. These well written essays are of a very personal nature by a broad spectrum of contributors. Some are very moving. They touch a universal chord in the reader and remind us that we are all "strangers in a strange land." Highly recommended for the thoughtful reader.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Moore on January 20, 2013
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This is an excellent collection of essays about diversity. I used it in my first-year English class and the variety of the subject matter gave the students, themselves a diverse group, a lot to write about. Most of the essays are humorous and easy for college students to relate to. There is quite a range of subjects covered, from a young couple defying the anti-semitic expectations of the era to eating fried locusts in Asia to being African American in Salt Lake City.

I will definitely be using this for future classes and recommend it for others.
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