Readers Place: Education
Tara Westover’s memoir Educated, in which she recounts pursuing a higher education in defiance of her survivalist parents’ contempt for the same, has been on the New York Times Bestseller list for 29 weeks. Here are some additional new titles showcasing the transformative power of education.
Enchantress of numbers: a novel of Ada Lovelace by Jennifer Chiaverini. 2017. FIC CHIAVERI
The only legitimate child of poet Lord Byron, Ada was destined for fame long before her birth. Banishing fairy tales and make-believe from the nursery, Ada’s mother provides her daughter with a rigorous education grounded in mathematics and science. Any troubling spark of imagination–or worse yet, passion or poetry–is promptly extinguished. Or so her mother believes.
The newcomers: finding refuge, friendship, and hope in an American classroom by Helen Thorpe. 2017. 373.182 THO
Powerful and moving, this account of teenaged refugees adapting to life in America offers a nuanced take on immigration, multiculturalism, and America’s role globally.
You can do anything: the surprising power of a “useless” Liberal Arts education by George Anders. 2017. 650.109 AND
The success stories depicted demonstrate that liberal arts majors’ career paths are often unconventional and nonlinear. The author also provides examples of businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies that make a practice of hiring liberal arts majors, as well as fields for which such students are ideally suited, including market research, social media, fundraising, and project management.
Reading with Patrick : a teacher, a student, and a life-changing friendship by Michelle Kuo. 2017. 371.826 Kuo
As a Teach for America volunteer, Kuo moved to Helena, AR, where she encouraged students to find their voice by assigning readings from black authors and having students write self-reflective pieces. One of the students, Patrick Browning, transformed from a withdrawn pupil into a thoughtful young writer. Two years later, Kuo learned that Patrick was in jail for murder. She returned to Helena and tutored Patrick as he lingered in jail, awaiting a trial that may never happen. This account is her memoir of this time, but it is also a meditation on race in America.
Compiled by Ina Rimpau