There's just something about September that feels like a fresh beginning.
Even if the return of a new school year is experienced only vicariously, this month harkens back to those memorable student days—whether they were terrific or terrible. Our unwaning interest in books with academic settings demonstrates just how formative and fascinating those years can be. For this month's blog, I wanted to offer just a few of the many titles that tap into our shared scholastic experiences-with perspectives from both the student and the faculty.
First up are some tried and true classics, many of which have been relentlessly revisited and adapted in various forms. These are followed by more contemporary offerings that spend some time within schools or universities.The constant demand for new releases related to academia throughout the genres seems to indicate an a wide and varied audience. Of course, publishers are quick to accommodate by releasing at least a few every year at this time. I have also included 2 nonfiction books that are very different in terms of approach and tone. Both address the dangers of viewing "history" through a manipulated filter. Finally, I have linked a couple of my reviews on this topic that I enjoyed and that satisfied my own nostalgic itch. So, if you find yourself smelling phantom pencils or hearing echoes of school bells these days, know that you are not alone!
|Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis|
|Dead Poets Society by N.H. Kleinbaum|
|Election by Tom Perrotta|
|The Secret History by Donna Tartt|
|Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon|
|Moo by Jane Smiley|
|Admission by Julie Buxbaum|
|The Secret Place by Tana French|
|Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo|
September's Featured Reviews
I have recently just finished reading Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener and A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz (the third installment in the wonderful Hawthorne/Horowitz series). I also really enjoyed listening to the audiobook version of Conviction by Denise Mina.
Do you dig or dread the eruption of Fall? Do you have any good recommendations that describe schooling in other cultures? I would to hear about them, any other suggestions you might have: email@example.com.
Until next time: Be safe, be well and be well-read!
So, who am I, anyway? I am a resident of West Groton, with a husband, 4 teenaged children and a Samoyed puppy-all of whom are systematically destroying our house. I am currently working part time at the Groton Public Library and in a former life I was employed as a Director or PR/Marketing at a high-tech consulting firm. My BA is in Psychology, but most of my time was spent in college earning a Concentration on the Novel. That is all to say that I make no claims at being an expert of any kind and my thoughts, opinions and mistakes are solely my own. I am just a person whose passion for books has continued to grow from the moment I was first able to grip and gnaw on them, and I have been devouring them ever since.
- June 2022 — Unlikely Allies
- May 2022 — True Crime: Stranger Than Fiction copy
- April 2022 — Thanks for the Memories: The Magic of Memoirs
- March 2022 — Historical Fiction: A Peek into the Past copy
- February 2022 — Speculative Fiction: Where Do We Go From Here?
- January 2022 — Myths Reimagined
- December 2021 — Cuddling With Cozy Mysteries
- November 2021 — Is The Book Always Better?
- October 2021—Dreadful Domiciles
- September 2021 — Scholarly Settings