Just One Day by Gayle Forman
What Are You Reading?
Posted 26 June 2017 - 02:55 PM
Just finished Beggars in Spain and am moving on to Beggars and Choosers by Nancy Kress. I can't recommend this series highly enough. It's plausible hard-sf and deals with some very relatable issues such as prejudice and a deep exploration of society searching for the sweet spot between libertarianism and communalism.
I had read Beggars in Spain as a novella a long time ago, and had read Beggars and Choosers as well. But I just found the first in novel form and also picked up the trilogy finale Beggars Ride which I look forward to reading for the first time.
Posted 14 August 2017 - 09:13 PM
Reading through the (new) Fifth Edition of the Cambridge Latin Course, from which I'm teaching this semester.
I love these textbooks for younger (middle and high school) kids, because they wrote the text basically like a young adult novel. It just happens to be in Latin.
It features a young man, Quintus Caecilius Iucundus, and his journey from being a pampered rich kid in Pompeii to a refugee in Alexandria to a messenger in Britain to a voice of reason in the court of Domitian in Rome. Along the way, kids learn about the culture, history, and religion of first-century Rome, about religion in Roman Britain, the racial tensions in post-Hellenistic Alexandria, and the subjugation of the Jews by Titus's forces at Masada, about the chalk/lead/roach-based makeup women wore, about the treatment of slaves and ex-slaves, and about how all of these things impact us even today.
No seriously, everyone should study Latin.
Posted 15 August 2017 - 12:06 AM
Coquus est iratus et clamavit: "Pestis! Furcifer!"
Ah, the benefits of a Grammar school education. Everyone should indeed learn Latin. It would help seppoes in their spelling
Not so much spelling, but I certainly learned more English (and Spanish) grammar studying Latin.
Funny, also, that I should so love the Cambridge, because there are SO GODDAMN MANY Latin textbooks (I know because they all tried to sell themselves to our district and gave us gratis copies of their first unit as enticement).
Jenny, ecce romani, Latin For Americans (it's pretty bad), Wheelock's, Modern Latin, and about 3 more I can't remember because who cares?
Can't imagine how half of those publishers are still putting out books that I've literally NEVER seen used by ANY teacher or administrator I've ever talked to.
Posted 15 August 2017 - 03:18 AM
Hey there goes Alex. He's loaded with money. Wow he's really set himself up great.
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