Russell J. MacMullan Jr.

Russell “Rusty” MacMullan lives in southwest Virginia with his wife and golden retriever. As a former English teacher and head of several independent schools, he has written extensively to school communities about education, developmental issues, and cultural trends that affect children and parents. He spends his free time sculling, sailing, hiking, reading, and writing.


14 entries by Russell J. MacMullan Jr.

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Edith Vanderbilt shines in this history of North Carolina’s famed Biltmore Estate.

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The Day I Died: A Novel

By Lori Rader-Day

This psychological thriller unravels the mystery of a disappearance and the inner-workings of one woman’s mind.

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Journey through time and space in search of an unlikely salve for idiosyncratic collectors.

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Norte: A Novel

By Edmundo Paz Soldán; translated by Valerie Miles

A somber story of Mexican immigrants in the U.S. struggling with life, death, and a feeling of foreignness.

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An even-handed assessment of a modern-day scourge.

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The sobering tale of the family behind one of America's best-known brews

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A taut espionage tale set amid the grittiness and despair of Cold-War Berlin

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Grant Park

By Leonard Pitts Jr.

Dual narratives drive this ambitious tale of race relations centered on both MLK’s assassination and the election of Barack Obama.

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How we lost our middle class and why we need it back.

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Orhan’s Inheritance

By Aline Ohanesian

A powerful, fictionalized account of a family haunted by the Armenian genocide.

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Small Mercies

By Eddie Joyce

A sharp portrait of a family’s history and its pain.

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The Global War on Morris

By Steve Israel

A satire of post-9/11 national security stirs empathy, but not outrage.

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The history of educational policy development in the United States reflects a time-honored tradition of lurching ineffectively from one trend to another, most recently from No Child Left Behind to Race to the Top to Common Core.

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Paul Sorrentino’s comprehensive biography of Stephen Crane allows us to rediscover this extraordinary American realist through his artistic courage, flaws, and humanity.