(I guess we will see if that reference is as lost as Joan Rivers' joke about Elizabeth Taylor and the microwave.) Jules has a nice review of A Family of Readers over at 7-Imp.
In other blog news there was a Twitter-tempest last night over a blogger's review of Laurel Snyder's completely amiable middle-grade novel Penny Dreadful. Book blogger Noël De Vries was loving the book until she came to a reference to lesbian moms which implied they were "normal." De Vries wrote "The only problem is, being a lesbian is not normal. It's not something that "just happens" to people, like being poor or brave. In fact, when you look through Biblical glasses, homosexuality is, well, an abomination."
Ohhhh-kay. I suppose if you are looking at at homosexuality from a Biblical perspective (albeit a very particular fundamentalist one), De Vries' assertion makes its own kind of sense, but she then veers into a decidedly irrational corollary: "Characters like Willa and Jenny [the moms] with their happy little family, show elementary-age readers that Christian beliefs are hateful and silly. Add these characters to the full-blown assault of politically-correct propaganda that is molding America's children." So if an author depicts characters whose behavior you label abhorrent, then he or she is making you out as the hateful one? Note to Noēl: not everything is about you, dear.