Life Writings: Readings and Discussion Tara Westover, Educated Jacob Johnson Maddie McCann Sophia Cash Hannah Lewandowski Tommy Orange, There There Edgar Iniguez Maguire Isaak Molly Miller Teddy Pechtalt Optional Discussion Leader Assignment Assignment: Read either Tara Westover’s Educated or Tommy Orange’s There There and prepare to lead (in a group) a discussion of it during the week of November 19-21. Two contemporary books that draw on their authors’ lives have garnered a lot of critical praise: Tara Westover’s Educated, about a young woman growing up in a fundamentalist family in rural Idaho; and Tommy Orange’s There There, a novel that “follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow.” Directions: read one of these books during our week of no class (11/12-11/14) and prepare to discuss it with other members of the class. In other words, you as class members will be teaching the class on that day. To do this, you’ll write up the following:
- A brief but in-depth summary (blog post length, about 400-500 words) of the book and its themes or ideas. You might want to focus on one scene or chapter that made an impression on you and say why you chose it.
- At least three questions you’d like to ask during the group discussion.