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.
Last week was an online-only version of the class, but this week, we’re back in action… with books to giveaway in person! Here are the books I dished out this week and why.
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer: You know, everyone should own a big beautiful chunky hardcover in their library, and this one, as well as The Art of Fielding, are pretty gorgeous. Also, Meg Wolitzer is wonderful. I adored Belzhar.
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach: I’ve actually never read this one, but hey, everyone loves it. So here it is in the roundup.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford: This is the… okay, I don’t even know how many times I’ve dished out Jamie Ford’s beautiful wonderful book. But this is definitely in the double digits at this point.
Little Children by Tom Perrotta: Man, do I love Perrotta. Dishing out this book gave me a chance to gush about Election and his other novels, as well as talk about the books-to-movies. I think it’s amazing that all of his books that have been developed to film have been done so, SO well.