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Lit Up
Lit Up: One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-four Books That Can Change Lives. | David Denby
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A bestselling author and distinguished critic goes back to high school to find out whether books can shape lives It's no secret that millions of American teenagers, caught up in social media, television, movies, and games, don't read seriously-they associate sustained reading with duty or work, not with pleasure. This indifference has become a grievous loss to our standing as a great nation--and a personal loss, too, for millions of teenagers who may turn into adults with limited understanding of themselves and the world. Can teenagers be turned on to serious reading? What kind of teachers can do it, and what books? To find out, Denby sat in on a tenth-grade English class in a demanding New York public school for an entire academic year, and made frequent visits to a troubled inner-city public school in New Haven and to a respected public school in Westchester county. He read all the stories, poems, plays, and novels that the kids were reading, and creates an impassioned portrait of charismatic teachers at work, classroom dramas large and small, and fresh and inspiring encounters with the books themselves, including The Scarlet Letter, Brave New World, 1984, Slaughterhouse-Five, Notes From Underground, Long Way Gone and many more. Lit Up is a dramatic narrative that traces awkward and baffled beginnings but also exciting breakthroughs and the emergence of pleasure in reading. In a sea of bad news about education and the fate of the book, Denby reaffirms the power of great teachers and the importance and inspiration of great books.
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TheReadingMermaid
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WhatThePuck 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 13mo
Gezemice 😂😂 13mo
Reviewsbylola 🙌🏻😂🙌🏻😂 13mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Lol, perfect! 13mo
LVozz570 😂😂 13mo
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ninergrl6
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I was planning on grading summer reading quizzes but then I stumbled on an indie bookstore 📚 #priorities #teachersoflitsy

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kspenmoll
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#AnditsAugust #ForFontsSake
Varying fonts of color; one black script.
@RealLifeReading

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katcanwrite
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Panpan

Even w/out audio probs, this wasn't a pick. The author takes weird tangents, i.e., an excruciating passage about how a teacher who died mid year was a failure. Had nothing to do with book's thesis, so that part felt especially cruel. Additionally, almost every woman was objectified in their introductions to us. Finally, author was very condescending, so the above sentence in the afterword is clearly not his actual belief. Bummer.

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katcanwrite
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IT JUMPED AGAIN. 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤

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katcanwrite
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UGH. I'm struggling with this one because the author's tone is really condescending. On top of that, the audiobook has some weird pronunciation situations as well as a narrator who never changes his voice when he reads what people said, so you never know who's talking. On top of THAT, I was SO CONFUSED by a chapter only to just now find out that either Overdrive or the production team made the book jump from p 149 to 178, then back to 149 😡😡😡😡

TrishB 😔😔 not good! 3y
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katcanwrite
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Just over halfway through. I'm a little disturbed by the tone as well as by the criteria that appears to make up a "good" book. I'm still interested and will keep going for sure, but I am a bit troubled.

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katcanwrite
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Sace
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#bookmail #blameitonlitsy ginger ale with frozen strawberry ice cube. My birthday month is coming to a close and with it goes an excellent excuse for buying books.

BibliophileMomma The hate you give is going to be our May #buddyread 😉😉 3y
Sace @Tiffness83 I'm ready! 3y
Bookish.Heart I just bought The Hate U Give on my kindle yesterday! 3y
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Amanda.T
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If there's a book in the room, she'll find it. 📖#raisingreaders

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post! Today's younger generations enjoy tv, video games, social media, etc., & view reading as work and a chore. DD wanted to know if they could be turned on to serious reading. Also, which teaching methods and books encountered would do the trick? He went to schools in NYC, Westchester, & New Haven. He relates classroom dramas around The Scarlet Letter, 1984, Notes From Underground, etc. Inspiring! #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

Reviewsbylola I saw this at my local book store the other day and thought it sounded interesting. 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 3y
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Spiderfelt
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Mehso-so

Following the progress of a 10th grade English class through a year of books was interesting from the perspective of both an avid reader and a parent of children in either side of that grade. The author inserted himself into the narrative more than I expected in a work of non-fiction, questioning the choices and strategies employed by the teachers. By the end of the year, the students from these schools were truly engaged in reading and learning.

Spiderfelt But these students were not enrolled in a typical school and the three teachers were definitely extraordinary. I'm not sure what else I was expecting, but the book left me flat in the end. 3y
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Spiderfelt
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We are producing more college graduate skilled in STEM than the economy can absorb. At the same time employers have said they want to hire people with a good liberal arts education, people who can think, judge and express themselves; they want people who can follow complicated instructions, talk in a meeting, understand fellow workers. They can always buy robots.

ValerieAndBooks My two oldest kids are liberal arts college students so I have to look into this book! 3y
Spiderfelt My cousin in Portland, who works for Intel, says they hear the opposite, but I'm choosing to ignore her comment. @valerieandbooks I'm jealous! You've arrived at the holy grail. My daughter is a high school junior, just beginning her college search. While she is interested in science as a profession, I want her to keep a liberal arts education a possibility. 3y
ValerieAndBooks @Spiderfelt I still have one more kid at home (HS sophomore) and he is leaning towards liberal arts also. I know STEM is important and it seems like there's more support in that direction -- way more scholarships available there for example, especially for females. But not everyone is cut out to be an engineer. Best of luck to your daughter 😊 3y
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GinaNicoll
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Spiderfelt I love this quote. It resonates! 3y
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