Monday, August 22, 2011

Back to School Reading for Adults

I apologize for the summer hiatus, but promise the blog will be back in full swing. To kick off the beginning of the fall semester, I humbly submit a back to school themed reading list for you adults.

Unfinished Desires by Gail Godwin

Tildy Stratton is the undisputed queen bee of the ninth grade class at Mount St. Gabriel's all-girls' Catholic School. Chloe Starnes, a student recently taken in by her uncle following her mother's death, is thrilled when Tildy befriends her. When Tildy has Chloe and all her classmates acting in a play based on the founding story of the school it changes her life, their teacher's and the school's matriarch, forever. So much so that 50 years later she is still trying to reconcile the past and the present. Read it if you like: Character-driven fiction, literary fiction, reflective and relaxed paced fiction.

Schooled by Anisha Lakhani

Struggling to make ends meet as a poorly paid Manhattan private school teacher, Anna joins an underground circle of nighttime tutors for privileged students and finds herself indoctrinated into her patrons' affluent lifestyles. Read it if you like: quick and humorous reads, a taste for New York high society life.

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

During the late 1980s, fourteen-year-old Lee Fiora leaves behind her close-knit, middle-class Indiana family to enroll in an elite co-ed boarding school in Massachusetts, becoming a shrewd observer of, and eventually a participant in, their rituals and customs. Read it if you like: coming-of-age stories, candid and witty writing, a bittersweet tone.

The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer

In the wake of a drama teacher's decision to direct "Lysistrata" for the high school play, the women in the town begin to reject their husbands and boyfriends in ways that force both men and women to reevaluate their views on relationships. Read it if you like: multi-voice fiction, magical realism, women's fiction.

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