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Friday, February 09, 2007

A SAFE POSITION by Kathleen M. Burke

Llumina Press
7915 W. McNab Rd, Tamarac, FL
Genre: Fictionalized Memoir
Rating: Good
ISBN 159526454X, $14.95, 220 pp.

Kathleen Burke tells this tale as a memoir, and it is possible much of it is true . . . based on her personal experiences as a teacher and counselor . . . how much and exactly what we’ll never know for sure. She is a very good writer and will grab and hold you throughout. Allow me to quote from her introduction:

"Some lessons can best be learned with a story. This story is fiction. It is based on events and people I encountered during my twenty-nine years in public education. Parts of it are tongue-in-cheek, while others are dead serious. My imagination was employed to enhance the reality of my world; my purpose was to supply a glimpse of one individual’s history. Teachers are the tools of policies, whether federal, state, or local. Often, instructors become scapegoats when they’re merely enforcing directives from a higher authority. Generations change in experiences, needs, and personalities, based on their environment. We should continually study trends to devise solutions that accommodate such transitions. I hope this book will provide a springboard from which to launch future dialogues among faculty, parents, and anyone else who may be interested."

If this little intro stirs your interest, check her out. You won’t be disappointed and most likely pleasantly surprised by her style and the quality of writing.

Reviewed by Kaye Trout - February 9, 2007


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