Smackdown Books 2017

Arlene's smackdown17 book montage

The Memory of Things
Hour of the Bees
The Gospel Truth
Ultraman, Vol. 1
The Bunker Diary
Trouble Is a Friend of Mine
Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy
The Hired Girl
An Ember in the Ashes
The Porcupine of Truth
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
Goodbye Stranger
Beautiful Blue World
The Blackthorn Key
All American Boys

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Nazi Hunters vs. We Were Liars

Much has already been said about both of these books, so I will keep it brief. I found The Nazi Hunters engaging, well-paced, and informative. I had previously read Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil so was not unfamiliar with him. Still, Bascomb managed to bring some interesting new details to light and I was captivated enough to read the book through in two sittings. Students are generally fascinated with Nazis and WWII history, and this book would be a nice introduction to reading research-based texts. I would recommend this to students across division 3 and 4 and be confident that most would like it.

By contrast, We Were Liars is pure, escapist fluff. It was a quick, disposable read that won't have a lot of lasting power for me and that would appeal to a much narrower set of students. Nazi Hunters has my choice.

My zombie pick is I'll Give You the Sun. It remains my favorite book of this Smackdown series and never should have been eliminated in the first place. Anyone who has not yet read it should do so ASAP!

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