Friday, February 26, 2016

What We're Reading

Here are the read-alouds we've tackled this semester, or are about to begin.

  • Einstein's Dreams, Alan Lightman. The author, a professor of physics and writing at MIT, imagines that, when Einstein realized he was reconceiving time, he had a series of dreams in which time took on all manner of bizarre characteristics.
  • Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, Mary Shelley. Vastly underrated novel in the Romantic tradition. Some consider it the first science fiction novel.
  • Welcome to the Monkey House, Kurt Vonnegut. Stories of love, loss, and merry strangeness.

Here are the books I've assigned to the kids in small groups.

  • Faster, James Gleick. The book's subtitle is The Acceleration of Just About Everything. 
  • Esperanza Rising, Pamela Muñoz Ryan. A young girl emigrates with her family from Mexico to California during the Great Depression.
  • Shebeen Tales, Chenjerai HoveLife in the First, Third, and Fourth Worlds of Zimbabwe.
  • Tortilla Flat, John Steinbeck. The Arthurian legends retold in a small port in postwar California.
  • How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Julia Alvarez. A Dominican immigrant family becomes American.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee. Race and coming of age in the Deep South.
  • The White, Deborah Larsen. A young European immigrant lives amongst Native Americans in colonial times.

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