||[Jun. 24th, 2016|04:03 am]
one thing at a time
The Kite Runner, essentially YA by Khaled Hosseini. We will not be teaching this.|
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, nonfiction by Bryan Stevenson. Recommended.
Rebecca, adult fiction by Daphne DuMaurier, reread.
I'll Give You The Sun, YA by Jandy Nelson: Came via e-hold, long after I'd forgotten why I wanted it or what it was. What's wrong with YA is that I knew by the second sentence, due entirely to pat, stylized, aggressively subjective narration apparently uninterested in what people do, think, or feel.
Delicious Foods, adult fiction by James Hannaham, strange, frustrating, disturbing, sometimes ridiculous. Worth reading, worth teaching, not necessarily a good read.
The Invention of Wings, adult fiction by Sue Monk Kidd, recommended by my father. Slavery and the lives of black people as plot complications for the self-actualization of whiteness. The white protagonist is historical; her black slave is invented, but just barely.
The ONE Thing, next-to-unreadable business-help gibberish by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan.
Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail, adult fiction by Louise Shivers, slight but strong.
The Mill on the Floss, adult fiction by George Eliot.
A Little Life, adult fiction by Hanya Yanagihara. Like several novels stapled together. The first one is so, so good; by the end we're halfway to Hannibal territory.
The Bluest Eye, adult fiction by Toni Morrison, reread for teaching.
Woman At Point Zero, adult fiction by Nawal El Saadawi, translated by Sherif Hetata, for school.
Running a Thousand Miles to Freedom, slave narrative by Ellen and William Craft. Includes the intriguing and new-to-me claim or rhetorical claim that white children were, perhaps frequently, kidnapped and sold as light-skinned slaves.
Station Eleven, adult fiction by Emily St. John Mandel: The Stand as rewritten by a very ambitious teenager who writes well but doesn't have kids or understand why grownups do things and who also really liked Cloud Atlas. Not unenjoyable as fanfiction.