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Books You Wish Were Taught in High School
Nerdish confession: I liked nearly all the books I was required to read in high school. Nearly all. I’m looking at you, Dostoyevsky. You, too, Joyce.
My main concern with required reading in high school is that I know I, personally, lacked to knowledge to really understand and appreciate some of the books. Sure, I could give you a spotless literary critique of Beloved or Their Eyes Were Watching God, but I did not have the understanding of institutional inequities that is such a big part of reading many books. So, along with the following books to be taught in chool, I am waving a magic wand and gifting my students with a critical understanding of history. `*`*fairy dust*`*` I’m also adding a couple non-fiction books, any of which would be a great addition to a history or other class.
Orlando, Virginia Woolf. Gender, sexuality, science fiction, oh my! (my review)
Brother, I’m Dying, Edwidge Danticat. Memoir about growing up in Haiti and the US. Terror in the Tonton Macoutes, and the US immigration system. (my review)
A Mercy, Toni Morrison. The infant days of this country. (my review)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot. Medical research and the exploitation of vulnerable populations.
The Hanging of Angelique, Afua Cooper. Canada was not the runaway slave haven US textbooks made it out to be. (my review)
A Happy Man, Hansjörg Schertenleib. It’s short! That alone should make kids love it. (my review)
The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood. High schoolers love a good dystopia, right?
Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates. Could be interesting to read in conjunction with The Handmaid’s Tale, especially the focus on children and pregnancy.
The North of God, Steve Stern. Another novella, would be a worthy addition to a Holocaust unit. (my review)
Assata, Assata Shakur. Ok, I know there is no way in hell this is being taught in school, what with her face plastered on Most Wanted billboards in New Jersey, but a girl can dream. (my review)