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…author’s experience as a refugee, this novel tells the story of Hà, a young girl who is forced to flee her Saigon home and relocate to America with her family. Told entirely in free-verse poems, readers will find themselves identifying with Hà and her struggles to adapt to a new…

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A collection of 35 contemporary short stories. The publisher describes it as a volume that "mirrors our age, our conscious, and our lives." If you’re looking for an alternative to the long popular paperback anthologies, this could be it. This book is eligible for Prestwick House…

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If you're content with all of your preconceived notions and stereotypes about the status of minorities in America, then you certainly don't want to read this book. John McWhorter offers a troubling, soul-searching, yet ultimately empowering discussion of why the underclass remains the underclass…

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Your students will love this adventurous travelogue written by John Steinbeck as he discovers the America he had so often written about, but never explored. Join Steinbeck as he details his travels with his poodle, Charley, as they navigate with United States. This book is eligible for Prestwick…

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Told as a series of vignettes, this memoir by Firoozeh Dumas recalls her experiences growing up as an Iranian American, starting with her family’s move from Iran to California in 1972. Each vignette explores a different moment in Dumas’s life, from amusing stories of her parents to the…

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Nickel and Dimed can be a great addition to a unit on modern nonfiction. When a journalist decides to go undercover as a minimum wage worker, she discovers just how challenging life is for millions of Americans. Ehrenreich's stinging critique of welfare reform will make your students think about…

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…1950's, Edward Abbot spent three seasons as a park ranger in southeastern Utah. Desert Solitaire is his love letter to the wild country that America has lost. This book is at once a memoir, an adventure story, and a polemic against the destruction of wilderness. Abbot's prose style is beautifully…

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For years, you've taught The Awakening and discussed Kate Chopin's frank portrayal of a woman seeking Identity and Independence. This convenient text allows you to study this monumental work in the context of several of Chopin's other stories as well as a number of critical essays. It's a very…

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This book is fascinating on so many levels, it's impossible to list them all. It's a terrific source of nonfiction, a great source of persuasive writing models, and chock full of issues for discussion and writing. With its unique - sometimes controversial - views on many historical events and issues…

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Volume 3 World War I, the social and economic upheaval of the 1920's, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Great Depression usher in the twentieth century.

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The first book in Laurie Halse Anderson’s The Seeds of America trilogy is quickly becoming a classroom favorite thanks to the unique perspective on the American Revolution of the thirteen-year-old narrator, Isabel. A slave in a loyalist house, Isabel becomes a reluctant spy for the Colonists…

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A generous sampling from Leaves of Grass. Twenty-four poems include "I Hear America Singing," "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," "O Captain! My Captain!" FAQ Also includes "Starting from Paumonok," "I Sing the Body Electric," "Once I Pass'd through a Populous City," "Recorders Ages Hence,"…

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