Back to School
I think its safe to say that the kids are back in school. I got photos of my nephew on his first day of kindergarten and there are flocks of backpacks wondering the sidewalks of my neighborhood. I’ve read quite a few books that revolve around school, are set at college or whose main characters are students. To celebrate the back to school season, check out some of these “school books”:
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami – Toru is a full time student who rediscovers his old friend Naoko while he’s studying in Tokyo. Together the pair struggle to come to terms with their friend’s suicide.
- Home Land by Sam Lipsyte – Lewis Miner narrates this story through a series of off-the-wall class notes he’s submitting to his high school newsletter.
- The Coming Storm by Paul Russell – Tracy Parker is 25-year-old English instructor at an all boys private school in upstate New York. His interactions with a student and the proper headmaster Louis Tremper result in chaos.
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – Classic struggling hero Holden Caulfield has been expelled from his boarding school, travels to New York City trying to find his way in the world.