New books coming!
Without an open book or two or three, littering my apartment at my various relaxing stations, I am bereft!
I used a gift certificate and a refund credit to purchase the following:
Up the Down Staircase:
Amazon blurb: ‘Never before has a novel so compellingly laid bare the inner workings of a metropolitan high school. Up the Down Staircase is the funny and touching story of a committed, idealistic teacher whose dash with school bureaucracy is a timeless lesson for students, teachers, parents–anyone concerned about public education. Bel Kaufman lets her characters speak for themselves through memos, letters, directives from the principal, comments by students, notes between teachers, and papers from desk drawers and wastebaskets, evoking a vivid picture of teachers fighting the good fight against all that stands in the way of good teaching.”
To Sir, With Love:
London Fictions Review: “Edward Ricardo Braithwaite’s autobiographical novel To Sir, with Love, which is based on his experience as a black teacher in a tough East End secondary modern school, offers a remarkable insight into the politics of class and race in postwar London. Sidney Poitier came to London to star in the film version of the novel in 1967, and later appeared in a sequel, based in Chicago, which was made for television in 1996 (‘To Sir, with Love II’, directed by Bogdanovich). Yet, surprisingly, the novel itself has been largely overlooked.“
I plan to remedy that. Braithwaite’s life is hugely interesting to me and I want to start looking into it by reading his first book.
When Crickets Cry
Shirley Priscilla Johnson Amazon Reviewer: “What happens when you have a broken hearted man and a small child who is clinging to a thread of life and somehow, through an act of God, their lives touch and connect? This is the essence of this outstanding work by Charles Martin, “When Crickets Cry.”
I tried to buy this book last Janauary but it never came. I kept getting notices that it was still almost going to come, but they didn’t know when. After 8 months my patience ran out and I canceled the order and re-ordered it with the refund at a $3 increased price. It is supposed to arrive on Friday.
Amazon blurb: “From best-selling author John MacArthur, Follow Me reiterates the call of Jesus, offers insight into ways people respond to it, and encourages readers not just to follow, but to follow through.”
Ha ha, I see the theme of all these books now. Kids, kids, kids, Jesus. The theme of my life.