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A Reading List for a Rockstar Teacher

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The marriage plot

Jeffrey Eugenides. |

Madeleine Hanna breaks out of her straight-and-narrow mold when she enrolls in a semiotics course and falls in love with charismatic loner Leonard Morten, a time which is complicated by the resurfacing of man who is obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is his destiny.

The marriage plot

Jeffrey Eugenides. |

The shoemaker's wife

Adriana Trigiani. |

Two star-crossed lovers--Enza and Ciro--meet and separate, until, finally, the power of their love changes both of their lives forever. Set during the years preceding and during World War I.

The shoemaker's wife

Adriana Trigiani. |

Code name Verity

Elizabeth Wein. |

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot. |

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.

The shipping news

E. Annie Proulx. |

An unsuccessful newspaperman, his aunt, and his two young daughters experience delicately evoked changes in a poignant novel set in a Newfoundland fishing town.

Into thin air

Jon Krakauer. |

When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10, 1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. No one in the 20-person climbing team noticed that the sky had begun to fill with clouds. When the storm finally passed, five of them would be dead, and the sixth so horribly frostbitten that his right hand would have to be amputated. In his first-person account of the fateful climb, Krakauer examines the series of fatal events that lead to disaster.

Into thin air

Jon Krakauer. |

Columbine

Dave Cullen. |

Journalist Dave Cullen spent ten years researching the events of the school shooting at Columbine High School in 1999. Fascinating information about the killers' histories, true motivations and the misrepresentations of the event by a media newly tethered to the "need it now" 24/7 news cycle.

Columbine

Dave Cullen. |