Every week, I give away free books to my students at Peirce College, where I teach freshman composition. I pick these books up for $1 or so at used bookshops, flea markets, sidewalk sales and the like, in an attempt to find fun books my students will enjoy. To try and inspire them to read more.
The Fall semester is here! This semester at Peirce, I’m teaching two composition courses, as well as mentoring some MFA students at Arcadia. So I’ll likely have way more books to dish out in these lil’ roundups, with books for both classes pulled together at once.
Here are the books I gave away the week of August 31st, and why. This week had a “book to film” theme, because why not.
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd: I adore this little novel, and it’s one of those movies that’s always finding its way to the top of my Netflix / Amazon queue. Full of heart and super moving.
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert: I read Eat Pray Love after a breakup, and while it didn’t awaken anything spiritual in me, it did help me get through things… even while my former coworkers made fun of me for having it on my desk. I love, love, love the movie.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: This is one of those “the book is infinitely better than the movie” picks. And it’s also one of those books that students are often surprised to hear HAS a movie adaptation.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer: Another one of those authors I adore. Everything Is Illuminated blew my mind forever ago when I first read it. Dishing out this book gives me a chance to talk about his others. Read more