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 Hove. Life 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.