Tag Archives: nonfiction

What Students Read When They Can Read Anything

Back in December, I posted a list of books students in my classes were reading. Now, four months later, my students are still reading, and I’ve added two new classes of readers to the mix. Today I made a list … Continue reading

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Review: BRAIN ON FIRE: MY MONTH OF MADNESS by Susannah Cahalan

Brain on Fire is New York Post reporter Susannah Cahalan’s gripping memoir about her horrific experience with a rare brain inflammation. The attack first manifested itself behaviorally—hallucinations, impulsive actions, anxiety—so Cahalan’s case was misunderstood and misdiagnosed as mental illness. After … Continue reading

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Review: THE PARIS WIFE by Paula McLain

The Paris Wife is Paula McLain’s beautifully written nonfiction novel told by Hadley Richardson, the first wife of Ernest Hemingway. Set in 1920s Paris, Hadley’s story gives readers a deeply imagined version of the American expatriate scene and its most … Continue reading

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Review: BABY’S IN BLACK by Arne Bellstorf

Arne Bellstorf’s graphic “novel” Baby’s in Black is the true story of Astrid who becomes involved with Stuart, a guy who plays in a band. He likes the band scene but really wants to be a painter. Astrid becomes friends … Continue reading

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Review: DEATH OF A DREAMER: THE ASSASSINATION OF JOHN LENNON by Alison Marie Behnke

Alison Behnke’s Death of a Dreamer: The Assassination of John Lennon presents the circumstances surrounding Mark David Chapman’s 1980 murder of John Lennon in a format that is both appealing and appropriate for middle and high school readers. The first … Continue reading

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