As many of you probably know already, not only has the first ever biography of Harper Lee just been published, but she has just gone out and published her first work since 1965, a small article/letter for the current issue of Oprah Winfrey's "O" magazine. I haven't seen the article yet, but I've seen a bunch of quotes from it - it's about reading. The whole issue is about reading, and I've heard some good things about an article by Toni Morisson about reading for pleasure vs. the art of reading.
You can check out an article about it here: Harper Lee comes out of retirement for Oprah
Just as interesting is an article in "Slate" magazine called "On First Looking Into Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird", which is sort of a response into the New Yorker pan of TKAM - and somehow manages to relate Harper Lee and Spike Lee together. Interesting read - it's here.
After all those summer reading plans, I've read nothing of what I said I would. So far, I've read the aforementioned Lee Biography ("Portrait of a Mockingbird"), "Dispatches from the Edge" (Anderson Cooper), "Dreaming in Cuban" (Garcia), and I'm halfway done with "The Long Way Down" by Nick Hornby. That's in between a lot of reading and writing for my two MAT courses.
Things I have to read for the rest of the summer:
1. The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald
2. Drift: A Novel, Martinez
3. Yellow Raft on Blue Water, Dorris
4. The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain
6. A Lesson Before Dying, Gaines
7. Into the Wild, Kraukeur
8. The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne
9. Great American Short Stories, Dover
10. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston
11. The Autobiography of Malcolm X, w/ Alex Haley
12. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
13. How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Foster
14. Gathering of Old Men, Gaines
15. Nectar in the Sieve, Markandaya
16. Watership Down, Adams
17. When I Was Puerto Rican, Santiago
18. The Corner, Simon and Burns
19. The Women of Brewster Place, Naylor
20. My Jim, Rawles
21. The Devil in White City, Larson
#1-12 are Re-reads for school
#13-20 are Reads for school because I'm thinking of adding them to curriculum or extra-credit lists (except #18, which I just want to finish finally)
#21 is my teacher book club
I've got my work cut out for me!
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