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Lies My Teacher Told Me
As a former U.S. History teacher, I used several chapters of Lies My Teacher Told Me when teaching about certain topics, specifically Columbus and the first Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to dig more deeply into the other things Loewen explores. Did you know Helen Keller was quite the active communist?
Life Will Be the Death of Me
Full Disclosure: I was never a fan of Chelsea Handler; I found her abrasive, much like the controversy that always plays out on reality TV and I despise reality TV. It makes me anxious. But then I listened to her guest appearance a few years ago on my favorite podcast Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard and heard about her journey with therapy and all the many issues she’s worked on over the past several years. There might not be a better example of the benefits of therapy. I recently listened to the second appearance she made on the show and it reminded me how much I wanted to tackle this memoir about her journey (via audiobook, of course).
March I, II, & III
One unique item on my list is the March trilogy, because it’s actually a set of graphic novels written by John Lewis. The only excuse I have for not reading them sooner is that, in complete contrast with my husband and daughter, I don’t enjoy graphic novels. I’ve always been a fast reader, and graphic novels force me to slow down. I have to look at each panel and use both words and images to absorb the story. But it’s John Lewis, and the illustrations are breathtaking, and I know this set is a must.
** It’s important to note that I’m counting this set as one book because … well, there’s really no explanation except I didn’t want to waste two extra spots on the list **
Similar to Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, enough friends count The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah among their favorites, and these friends are ones that share my same reading tastes. I need more good fiction in my life!
On the Come Up
Angie Thomas is that author of the critically-acclaimed YA novel The Hate U Give, and I enjoyed teaching it to a select group of students several years ago before the movie came to theaters. On the Come Up has also received great reviews, and I love to keep reading authors that both entertain me and open my eyes to things I’ve never realized before.
One of Us Is Lying
All I know is that my teenage daughter loves this book — as do many of her friends — and she’s pestered me for almost a year to read it. I only hope she continues to insist I share in the things she loves, so this is the first book I plan to check off 21 Books in 2021 list.