Courtesy of Business Insider, here’s an interesting graphic of the most popular book cast in each of the 50 states. Enjoy!
Our final student-written book recommendation of the calendar year comes from senior Irina Grigoryeva, whose work you may have read on The Devils’ Playlist. We’ll continue to run student recommendations into 2014, so if you’d like to add your own, please email it to Mr. Lally.
Flowers for Algernon
by Daniel Keyes
Although defined as a science fiction novel, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes is more of a fictional memoir, slightly cushioned with a hypothetical experiment. Written as a series of diary entries, the book explores the life of Charlie Gordon, a man who has chosen to undergo treatment to increase his intelligence. Because of his simple personality and loving outlook on life, you will find yourself loving and caring for Charlie, eager to defend him against any of the other characters. It is a novel perfect for readers who enjoy the scientific experimentation aspect of science fiction, minus the time-travel and alien invasion. Although understood by the lovers of surprise, during your venture into the cracking spine of Flowers for Algernon, I strongly urge you not to even as place a glance further than you have read. The book’s progression is a special tearjerker and something truly worthy of experience.
Our first student recommendation for non-fiction comes from senior Jill Daniels – Enjoy!
Stiff – The Curious Life of Human Cadavers
by Mary Roach
A few of you might remember reading Stiff in middle school with Mrs. Rogers. And I bet you can agree that it’s quite a unique book. Author Mary Roach’s repetoire includes Spook, and her latest work, Gulp. Stiff delivers that same punch of humourous, intellectually-stimulating weirdness. It chronicles Roach’s journeys across the world to unveil what happens to the deceased. She also touches upon Britain’s history of bodysnatching, medical usage of body parts, and crash test subjects. I highly recommend sticking it out until the chapter discussing alternative forms of burial.
Note: Contains some mature content/language.
Here’s the latest student recommendation. BHS students, if you’d like to spread the word about a book that YOU really like, send your recommendation to Mr Lally. Now, on to Juliana’s review!
by Nicholas Sparks
I would like to recommend The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks. I thoroughly enjoyed this book for many reasons. It was a romance book but was full of suspense at the same time. I would reccomend this book to people ages 16-50 because it is mature in the sense that some sad things occur. Nicholas sparks does an amazing job pulling you in to this novel so when you start reading you won’t be able to stop.
With the end of the year comes a slew of “Best Of” lists, hailing the best literature of the past 12 months. We posted one already. But here, instead, we offer a retrospective look at the 21st Century in literature, courtesy of Inquisitr.com
This list does a good job of handling both the popular and the literary bests from the past 13 years. If you’d like their article, and their arguments behind their list, CLICK HERE.
Otherwise, here is it:
15) Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
14) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Read Green’s Paper Towns in our Young Adult elective)
13) We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
12) A Storm of Swords by G.R.R. Martin (This is the book that turn dingo Game of Thrones)
11) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Currently a grade 10 option at BHS)
10) The Help by Kathryn Stockett
9) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
8) The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
7) American Gods by Neil Gaiman
6) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
5) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
4) Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
3) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
2) The Road by Cormac McCarthy
And the top book of the 21st century…
1) Life of Pi by Yann Martel (also currently a 10th grade option at BHS)
Having difficulty finding a poem? Just a reminder that on this page, the English Department has compiled a list of their selected favorite poems to help you navigate the wide world of POL eligible poetry. If you’d like to check out some of your English teachers’ recommended picks, go to THIS PAGE.
On Tuesday, Mrs. Janovitz’s AP Literature classes and Ms. Djordjevic’s photography students had the pleasure of viewing the She Who Tells a Story exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibit, which includes photographs from 12 female artists from Iran and the Arab world, provides viewers with a glimpse into the realities of the region. In their exploration of the exhibit, the students focused on parallel themes that were evident in both the photographs and the literature covered in class. Viewing the images through varied critical frames, students discussed the concept of identity in relation to gender, war, culture, place, perception, boundary, and inspiration. The exhibit does an amazing job of simultaneously creating a sense of shared experience across cultures and highlighting the richness in the often-misunderstood cultures reflected in the photographs. It was a great day!
Welcome to the Monkey House
by Kurt Vonnegut
As opposed to Vonnegut’s longer works, which are still amazing,Welcome to the Monkey House is a collection of his short stories. The upside of having a collection of his short stories is you get more of his brilliant story ideas as well as his unique writing style. The stories range in terms of weirdness, but each of them have an off-the-beaten-path science fiction feel to some level. Playfully dark, This collection is perfect for anyone looking for a quick sadistic chuckle.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that video gamers love Jane Austen novels. The Kickstarter campaign that was aiming to raise enough money to create an online multi-player video game in which players inhabit lives of Jane Austen’s Georgian England and attend fancy balls and whisper saucy gossip about the town’s eligible bachelors … well, they’ve reached their goal, and sometime soon, YOU can be Mr. Darcy or Catherine Moreland or Elinor Dashwood, etc. It’s sort of like The Sims, but it would more likely be called Society and Dissimulation. See the video below for a sneak preview of what it will be like when massive multiplayer online role playing games and Jane Austen at last converge.