Literature review

Jim and Nora are both taking AP English courses next year (though I think they’re actually taking slightly different classes). What’s cool about this is that their reading lists have taking a sudden turn for the better — there’s some amazing stuff they’ll be reading.

In fact, I’m so inspired by the lists that I’ve decided to read along with both of them.

Jim’s teacher hasn’t assigned the list for the entire year, but for the summer he’s been assigned Genesis, Exodus, and Luke (King James version), as well as Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood. I’ve read Genesis, but I haven’t read any of the other works straight through.

Nora already has her entire year’s list:

The Devil in the White City (Erik Larson)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Great Gatsby
The House of Seven Gables
Longitude (Dava Sobel)
The Known World (Edward Jones)
Going After Cacciato (Tim O’Brien)
Nickeled and Dimed (Barbara Ehrenreich)
Zero: the Biography of a Dangerous Idea (Charles Seife)
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas
Waiting for Snow in Havana (Carlos Eire)

The last two are her summer reading books, so I’m going to start with those — I’m going to try to read the books at roughly the same time the kids do, so we can talk about them and I can record my (and their) impressions of the books here. Should be an exciting adventure; I’m really looking forward to it!still doing some testing

Banks, W., & Isham, E. (2009). We Infer Rather Than Perceive the Moment We Decided to Act Psychological Science, 20 (1), 17-21 DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9280.2008.02254.x

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  1. Mark Sample says:

    This list looks great — I’ve taught some of the 20th century stuff in my own classes at GMU: Wise Blood, Known World, Going after Cacciato. I’d be interested in what Jim thinks of Wise Blood. Students are always surprised at how twisted such an “ancient” book can be. (Well, the book isn’t twisted, but the characters in it are.)

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