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This week's reads lead me into the past, situated me in the present, and throttled me into the future. I started the week by finishing The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain, a historical fiction novel, told from the point of view of Ernest Hemingway's first wife, Hadley Richardson. This book documents Hemingway's struggles with writing, their courtship and married life in Paris. If I were to use it with students, I might suggest 11th-12th graders. I loved the point of view and the backdrop of Paris life of the up and coming authors of Hemingway's time. You get a sense of the struggling that a writer endures as well as where Hemingway found inspiration. I might also pair it with Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, a movie worthy of any English teacher's time.
I finished off the week by traveling into the future with Stacey Kade's The Rules, the first in the Project Paper Doll series. It deals with bullying and by-standing, but also the invisibility that many teens seek in high school. Ariane, however, follows the rules of invisibility as a life or death mission following her outbreak from the lab in which she was born and raised. No man is an island, even Ariane. Her relationship with her best friend instigates the breaking of the rules and the discovery of love. This book is one that I would share with students who have loved Marissa Meyer's Cinder or Jessica Brody's book UnRemember that I shared a few weeks ago. All of these books have strong female protagonists who are slightly altered. They must confront what makes them different and challenge their makers.
This week I will reread of Jeff Anderson's book Ten Things Every Writer Needs to Know with my college students as well as finish The Walking Dead Compendium One since my daughter asked me to read over Christmas. Happy reading this week!