Senior Good-Bye Book List

Lot's of list lately, with possibly a few more to come! When my seniors left the other day I gave them a good-bye letter, since I'm incredibly inarticulate in moments of any kind of emotion, complete with a list of the ten books that I really  wish I could teach. Who knows if they'll ever read them, but, just in case one day they have some time on their hands they'll be prepared. I thought I'd share them here:

Tortilla Curtain by TC Boyle- This book's multiple perspectives on immigration really struck me

Family Fang by Kevin Wilson- Wilson is quirky, hilarious, and brilliant

House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende- Magical realism at it's finest

Crime and Punishment by Fydor Dostoyevsky- The symbolism! The themes! The character development!

Spark! by John Ratey- This book may not be packed with symbolism and metaphors, but it's incredibly motivating to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood- There's so much to examine and unpack on this book, in terms of the literary and social levels

Persepolis by Marjame Satrapi- I would love to push myself to teach a graphic novel some day, and I love that this one not only delves into the coming-age genre, but also provides a history lesson

Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett- Wonderfully written and a way to encourage kids to talk about mental health. I shared a passage from this and had several kids read it for outside reading

Homegoing by Yaa Gjasi- There's lessons about race, history, and character, all packed into a carefully orchestrated narrative

As the Great World Spins by Colum McCann- Speaking of amazing narratives... I also have a soft spot when authors carefully connect characters through various threads

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