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|Friday, April 18th, 2014|
Quit 90 pages into The Good Lord Bird, adult fiction by James McBride, because it was boring.
Too sick and sniffly for edifying stack of library-hold ought-to-reads; instead reread Room, adult fiction by Emma Donoghue, in teary couch-binge I can't say I regret.
Then skimmed She Flies Without Wings, adult nonfiction, sort of, by Mary Midkiff, because from a friend.
|Monday, April 14th, 2014|
Salvage the Bones, adult fiction by Jesmyn Ward. Too much icing, not enough cake, in the immortal words of George Morris, under entirely different circumstances.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness, adult nonfiction by Michelle Alexander, who was also a huge hit with my students. Must read. Alexander's overtly persuasive style at times compromises her effectiveness for me; but it's for sure a case of if you're not that angry, you're not paying attention.
Hearts in Atlantis, adult fiction by Stephen King, a particularly beloved reread. If you could only ever read one Stephen King book, this wouldn't be a bad choice, especially if you quit at the 2/3 mark.
|Sunday, March 16th, 2014|
The Interestings, adult fiction by Meg Wolitzer, recommended by CF.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist, adult fiction by Mohsin Hamid, reread before teaching.
The Stonemason, probably-unstageable play by Cormac McCarthy, gift from eb. On craft.
Protip for Mr. McCarthy: If aiming for cultural authenticity, probably not necessary to specify each appearance individually as, e.g., a black stonemason, a black youth, a black family, a black worker, a "young black."
|Sunday, March 2nd, 2014|
Picture Me Gone, young-adult fiction by permanent favorite Meg Rosoff, but this one isn't recommended.
The Awesome Girl's Guide to Dating Extraordinary Men, tedious chick-lit by Ernessa Carter, for a book group.
|Monday, February 24th, 2014|
Oh, and a quick reread of Flight, young-adult fiction by Sherman Alexie, which I thought I would be teaching, but now I think I won't.
|Sunday, February 23rd, 2014|
Gone With The Wind, adult fiction by Margaret Mitchell, reread. Important for thorough reading of race in America, among other things.
Voices of the Self: A Study of Language Competence, adult nonfiction by Keith Gilyard. Interesting, short of revolutionary.
|Thursday, February 13th, 2014|
The Wind Done Gone, badly mislabeled for legal purposes as parody, by Alice Randall. Recommended.
Deeper Reading, teacher development by Kelly Gallagher. Apparently we shouldn't just assign classic literature and then test on it but might consider finding ways to teach students how to read it. Whoa.
Completed, short story "Missing Person."
|Saturday, February 8th, 2014|
A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812, nonfiction for adults by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. Recommended with a gold star.
The Broom of the System, adult fiction by David Foster Wallace. Used all my fix-it strategies...
|Monday, January 20th, 2014|
The Professor and the Madman, adult nonfiction by Simon Winchester, a while ago, but I forgot.
They Say, I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, teacher development by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein. In which the worksheets and graphic organizers that poison elementary and middle school writing instruction are extended to the high school and college level. Assumes that our goal is not so much to train better writers as to help bad writers to produce slightly more readable writing that is still bad.
Other People's Children, adult nonfiction by Lisa Delpit, mostly a reread, important for teachers, even or especially those who would disagree.
The Piano Lesson, play by August Wilson, reread several times, plus various supporting materials, for theater unit to begin tomorrow. Wish us Godspeed.
|Friday, January 3rd, 2014|
Home Fires, adult fiction by Gene Wolfe, gift from eb.
|Friday, December 27th, 2013|
Travel reading, shorter flights this year:
The Classroom and the Cell, dialogues between Marc Lamont Hill and Mumia Abu Jamal, for adults.
The Shining, adult fiction by Stephen King, reread for the sake of fairness to
Doctor Sleep, adult fiction by Stephen King, sequel to The Shining.
This Is How You Lose Her, adult fiction by Junot Diaz.
|Sunday, December 15th, 2013|
Also Bridget Jones's Diary, reread for some reason, adult fiction, sort of, by Helen Fielding.
|Saturday, December 14th, 2013|
Louisiana Power & Light, adult fiction by John Dufresnes.
|Thursday, December 12th, 2013|
Citizen Vince, adult fiction by Jess Walter, recommended by my sister, sort of.
Mechanically Inclined: Building Grammar, Usage, and Style into Writers' Workshop, teacher development by Jeff Anderson. Way too much "here's a cool thing I did with my kids" vs. "here's a logical structure for your program." One or two of the things were cool, but the grammatical foundation is sloppy, and he lost me completely when he got into explaining dialect issues (double negatives, e.g.) as "common mistakes," fake-apologizing for them on the grounds that the child's "auntie" probably talks that way, and advising that we help kids see why the standard-English version is more logical.
(Pro tip: Adding the prepositional phrase "without disrespecting student dialect" to your sentence does not negate, doubly or otherwise, your disrespect.)
|Monday, December 9th, 2013|
The Round House, adult fiction by Louise Erdrich.
|Monday, December 2nd, 2013|
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, young-adult novella by Meg Medina. Good read, but see THE SKIN I'M IN for problematic badness ideology.
|Saturday, November 30th, 2013|
Plainsong, adult fiction by Kent Haruf, from EB.
Gone Girl, adult fiction by Gillian Flynn. Junk food that doesn't even taste good.
|Tuesday, November 26th, 2013|
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, fiction for grownups, probably, by Neil Gaiman.
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, nonfiction for adults by Isabel Wilkerson. Worth reading, though not for prose style.
|Tuesday, November 12th, 2013|
Completed, essay for Modern Love.