Entree: Teaching Black Girls: Resiliency in Urban Classrooms by Venus E. Evans-Winters. I'm in another book discussion group - this one at Josephinum Academy. All the staff were given a choice of several books to discuss, so I chose this one - something I know very little about. What is it like to be poor, black, and female - the triple whammy.
Side: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. What a wonderful book! It's a shame that Angelina Jolie's movie version has disappointed the critics. The first chapter describing Louie Zamperini's early years as a Depression-era punk is great.
Side: A Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin. Did a Chinese translator for the CIA betray China or the USA - or both? The novel is told from two viewpoints: his American daughter in China to find her father's first family; Gary Shang, the spy, as he is sent to the U.S. for an indeterminate undercover assignment.
Side: Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before by Tony Horwitz. This book goes back and forth between the amazing story of explorer James Cook's adventures around the globe and the author's attempt to go to the same places. His observations are alternately hilarious and depressing.