Here’s what I’m reading. I’d sure love it if you joined along.
The Importance of Being Little by Erika Christakis
Christakis takes on the problem of early childhood education in America, and shows how even those most well-meaning teaching philosophies are difficult to implement. She demonstrates the drift between what children need to learn, and what our educational standards assess. Compassionate and personable, Christakis draws on decades of personal experience in her consideration of what early childhood education ought to embrace. I’m about halfway through it now, and so far I have found it more validating than informative, but I am enjoying her discussion regardless.
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
This involves a witch and an engineer and the end of the world and high school friends reunited. Count me in.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Posthumously published, Kalanithi reflects on his experience with lung cancer and a fully lived life. Keep the Kleenex (and reading journal) handy.
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
I must be the only English-reading person over the age of 10 who hasn’t read this book yet. Time to fix that. I know there is a lot of controversy about this book and its authors, but one thing at a time.
The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni
A literary mystery novel in which the environment plays a huge part (I am told).
No Good Men Among the Living by Anand Gopal
A journalist’s analysis of how the United States contributed to the return of the Taliban, told through the lives of three Afghan individuals.