Friday, July 07, 2006
YOU THERE! BUY THIS BOOK! NOW!!
I just finished reading John Pearson's Learn Me Good and I highly recommend it. I received it yesterday in the mail and finished it last night. The book is the story of John's first year of teaching, told through emails to a friend at his former place of employment. John's descriptions of his kids and their behaviors are hilarious. My favorite was Estaban, the child who yells out different answers constantly in the hope that one of them is right. I think I've taught some of his kin. (relatives, for you people not from Texas)
I don't want to sound like a big shot or anything but I got an autographed copy! John, a.k.a. Mr. Teacher, has a blog, Learn Me Good, which is becoming one of my daily reads. I've also written to this professor and suggested this book would be much more enlightening for his students than public school basher Joanne Jacobs' book.
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!???? GO BUY THE BOOK!!!!
Other books I'm reading or have read this summer include:
"I Had the Right to Remain Silent, But Not the Ability" by Ron White
"Strike Two" and "Remembrances of Swings Gone Past" by Ron Luciano
"Skinny Dip" by Carl Hiassan
"Farenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury - I read this one years ago but it was interesting to re visit it.
"Imposter" by Bruce Bartlett. I didn't finish this one though. After a hundred pages of Bush is bad, Bush is a crook, etc etc I just wanted to scream, "Ok, I get it!" Unfortunately, the book is over 300 pages long so I gave up. At one point I fully expected him to say "Bush turned me into a newt!"
My favorite book? "The Unoriginal Sinner and the Ice-Cream God" by John R. Powers. You may have to had grown up Catholic to fully appreciate this book but let me throw out this teaser: God is a mechanic in a local gas station.