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The art, science, and struggle of teaching and learning.

 


 

Work Hard. Be Nice.

By Jay Matthews

 

The inspiring, important, and compelling story of how two young educators turned their personal failures in the Teach for America program into a new classroom paradigm, creating the acclaimed Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), which today includes 66 schools in 19 states

 

 


 

Study Is Hard Work

By William Howard Armstrong

 

A genuinely helpful series of essays on the acquisition, maintenance, and employment of study skills, this invaluable book offers lessons on listening, the efficient use of time, attentive reading, the practice and purpose of tests, and more. The author is a fine guide to the development of effective mental habits.

 

 


 

Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year

By Esme Raji Codell

 

Affectionate, unconventional, imaginative, fearless, Esmé was only 24 years old when she got her first job teaching fifth grade in an inner city school. Determined that her kids were going to learn, she let nothing -- not dim-witted principals, abusive parents, gang members, or her own insecurities -- stop her.

 


 

Whatever It Takes

By Paul Tough

 

Paul Tough reports on Geoffrey Canada's creation of the Harlem Children's Zone, a 97-block segment of New York's inner city that the impassioned educator has turned into a laboratory to work on the grandest of social experiments: breaking the intractable cycle of poverty and poor academic achievement.

 

 


 

Cross-X

By Joe Miller

 

This extraordinary account of Kansas City Central High School's debate team is perfectly summed up by its subtitle: "The Amazing True Story of How the Most Unlikely Team from the Most Unlikely of Places Overcame Staggering Obstacles at Home and at School to Challenge the Debate Community on Race, Power, and Education."

 

 

 

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.