The list author says: "The following is a collection of books that I have read in the past, am reading, or happen to know that my students might enjoy. Please understand that this list is not exhaustive, and that if a book does not appeal to you, it may be listed with someone else in mind."
"Irene Nemirovsky was killed by Nazis in World War II, and the two parts of a five volume novel, now known as Suite Francaise, managed to survive and make it to publication and recognition decades after her murder. It's a shame we won't ever see the rest of what she was planning to write."
"The heroine in this piece is a young woman of the upper middle class who decides to take matters into her own hands, disguising herself as the altruistic Jackaroo, to right the wrongs imposed on the less fortunate people in her country."
"This is one of the creepiest, most interesting books I've ever read, made even more compelling by the fact that it's all TRUE. Erik Larson is such a gifted writer that his exploration of what happened in Chicago in the 1890s reads more like a novel than a history book."
"Of course, Alexandre Dumas is beloved for his swashbucklers, but this book is just as worthy of praise in its own right. Madame Giovanni travels the world in the 1840s; she goes to Australia, Hawaii, California (where she and her husband make, then lose, then make a fortune), and across Mexico (where she meets Santa Anna)."
"If I were stranded on a desert island and had to pick one author alive today to be stuck with, Jonathan Safran Foer would be it. This guy is ridiculously cool and creative. Who knew that a book with this premise could also be heartwarming and laugh out loud funny?"
"This book is a pretty strong portrayal of what life in the South was like for women at the start of the Civil Rights Movement. I know for a fact that we have two copies in our school library! Check it out!"
"In this novel, Hitler's childhood is laid out like a train wreck, it's such a mess you just can't tear your eyes away. It's told from an outsider's point of view, and a very compelling, disturbing read."
"An alternative look at the legend of the Pied Piper and Peter Piper. Why did Peter Piper put his wife in a giant pumpkin? To escape from the authorities, of course! This is a great companion to the FABLES series of comics."