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It’s Monday, March 21st. What Are You Reading?

The People's History of the United States

I’ve walked past this huge book in our “Must Reads” section hundreds of times. I’ve checked it in and out for patrons numerous times as well. This time I borrowed it for myself.

Since I’ve been taking ESL/ELL classes, I’ve been interested in not only educational, language/linguistic and cultural books, but also books about American History. You see, I stink at history. I was a terrible history student in school. The teachers and lessons bored me to tears. Not the “story” parts, but all the other details and timelines and fact memorization. I’ve been wondering how I would help my future ESL/ELL students (and adults) learn about American History, so this is where I’m going to start.

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn is not a quick read toppling in at around 800 pages. But I’ve told myself that I’ll try and get through as much as I can in the 28 day loan period and then if I’m still interested, renew it. Have any of you read this?

What are you reading this week?

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5 thoughts on “It’s Monday, March 21st. What Are You Reading?

  1. Oh, I also have this, but on my audible shelf. I have not been able to make myself listen yet because LONG. 34 hours. That’s about three times my wheelhouse. And it’s not narrated by Matt Damon like the abridged version, unfortunately. It’s by Jeff Zinn, I assume some relation but who knows. Tempted to listen along as you read. Are you going to do it all in one fell swoop or dip in and out?

  2. I love, love this book, but I’m also a history teacher/geek sooooo. If you find you need something else/a bit of a break, John Green’s Crash Course videos on YouTube are pretty amazing for brushing up on history.

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