Friday, March 7, 2014

Atlanta Reads!

According to the America's Most Literate Cities 2013 study recently released by Central Connecticut State University, Atlanta ranks 4th out of all large cities (250,000+) in the United States, and the only Southern city in the top 10.  We've moved up from 8th place in 2012. Could it be due to all the reading our High School teachers have done in the past couple of years?

I was looking in the "What I'm Reading Now" folder on my laptop, and was kind of surprised at how many book cover images I've distributed since fall of 2012.   Twenty-one high school teachers (including me) are participating; I've got over a hundred images in that folder, and I know there are several missing (some clues are in last winters's "Caught Reading" post).  Check out the long list below.

Whatever Atlanta's doing right, let's keep doing it!

What are YOU reading now???

What We've Been Reading

12 Years a Slave   by Solomon Northup
36 Arguments for the Existence of God  by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
The Elegance of the Hedgehog  by Muriel Barbery
A Walk in the Woods  by Bill Bryson
After Dark  by Haruki Murakami
Alone Together  by Sherry Turkle
The App Generation  by Howard Gardner & Katie Davis
Augusta Played  by Kelly Cherry
Bangkok Noir  edited by Christopher S. Moore
Banquet at Delmonicos  by Barry Werth
Beautiful Ruins  by Jess Walter
The Best American Poetry 2013
Biko  by Donald Woods
Bill Veek: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick  by Paul Dickson
A Short History of Nearly Everything  by Bill Bryson
One Summer: America 1927  by Bill Bryson
The Bone Bed  by Patricia Cornwell
The Moonstone  by Wilkie Collins
The Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin  by Jill Lepore
Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain  by Daniel Siegel
Charming Billy by Alice McDermott
Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century  by Christian Caryl
Clemente  by the Clemente family
Cooked  by Michael Pollan
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter  by Tom Franklin
The Culture of Defeat  by Wolfgang Schivelsbusch
Curtsies and Conspiracies  by Gail Carriger
Dear Life  by Alice Munro
Death of a Red Heroine  by Qiu Xiolong
Dust of 100 Dogs by A. S. King
One Foot in Eden  by Ron Rash
The English Girl by Daniel Silva
Every Day by David Levithan
The Fault in Our Stars  by John Green
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Flying Too High  by Kerry Greenwood
The Forger’s Spell  by Edward Dolnick
Fractured  by Karen Slaughter
From Beirut to Jerusalem  by Thomas Friedman
The Gardner Heist  by Ulrich Boser
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief  by Lawrence Wright
The Good Lord Bird  by James McBride
Gospel of Freedom: MLK, Jr.’s Letters from Birmingham Jail
The Heart of Everything That Is  by Bob Drury & Tom Clavin
A History of Food in 100 Recipes  by William Sitwell
I Am Malala  by Malala Yousafzai
Idiot America  by Charles P. Pierce
In Human Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World  by David Bryon Davis
The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death & Detection  by Judith Flanders
Jennifer Government  by Max Barry
The Language of Bees  by Laurie R. King
Glitz  by Elmore Leonard
Lexicon  by Max Barry
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
The Lincoln Lawyer  by Michael Connelly
Little Bee  by Chris Cleave
The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren  by Iona & Peter Opie
Lowland  by Jhumpa Lahiri
Mao’s Great Famine  by Frank Dikotter
Legend  by Marie Lu
Middlesex  by Jeffrey Eugenides
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children  by Ransom Riggs
Norwegian Wood  by Haruki Murakami
Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth & Happiness  by Richard H. Thaler
Nurture Shock  by Po Bronson
On These Courts  by Wayne B. Drash
The Orphan Master’s Son  by Adam Johnson
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Shop  by Robin Sloan
The Battle of the Labyrinth  by Rick Riordan
A Person of Interest  by Susan Choi
The Last Picture Show  by Larry McMurtry
Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking   by Michael Ruhlman
Reservation Blues  by Sherman Alexie
The Savage Detectives  by Roberto Bolaño
Serena  by Ron Rash
The Shining  by Stephen King
Steve Jobs  by Walter Isaacson
Stiff: The Curios Lives of Human Cadavers by  Mary Roach
Suite Française  by Irene Nemirovsky
Suspect  by Robert Crais
Swamplandia!  by Karen Russell
Sweet Tooth  by Ian McEwan
The Lives of Tao  by Wesley Chu
The Bingo Palace  by Louise Erdrich
The Wedding  by Dorothy West
The Last Olympian  by Rick Riordan
The Burgess Boys  by Elizabeth Strout
The City and the City  by China Mieville
The Maid’s Version  by Daniel Woodrell
The Mayor of Casterbridge  by Thomas Hardy
The Tilted World  by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fenelly
The Lightning Thief  by Rick Riordan
Thieves’ Quarry   by D. B. Jackson
The Highest Tide  by Jim Lynch
The Titan’s Curse  by Rick Riordan
The Vision of a Champion  by Anson Dorrance and Gloria Averbuch
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty  by James Thurber
The Golem and the Jinni  by   Helene Wecker
Where’d You Go, Bernadette?  by Maria Semple
White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of 
     Modern Conservatism  by Kevin Kruse
Wild  by Cheryl Strayd
Winger  by Andrew Smith
World War Z  by Max Brooks
The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar

4/21/2104 (post-spring break!) additions

Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest 
     to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York  by Richard Zacks
The Interestings  by Meg Wolitzer
The Round House  by Louise Erdrich
The Golden Notebook  by Doris Lessing
Case Histories  by Kate Atkinson
 Regeneration   by Pat Barker
The Dreyfus Affair  by Peter Lefcourt
Cesar Chavez  by Miriam Pawel
Room by Emma Donohue
Female Trouble  by Antonya Nelson
Boy, Snow, Bird  by Helen Oyeyemi
The Cigarette Century: The Rise and Fall of the Drug that Defined America   by Allan Brandt
Year Zero: A History of 1945  by Ian Buruma
Chronicle of a Death Foretold  by Gabriel García Marquez

1 comment:

Natalie Bernstein said...

What a list! I've been reading My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead, a personal journey through my second favorite novel. And I'm listening to Eliot's Daniel Deronda, which I remember a grad professor calling the greatest novel in the English language. It's pretty great. --Natalie