Back to School – Teacher Stories and Classroom Tales for Adults
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This list contains both narrative non-fiction and fiction books for various adult reading tastes, all centered around an autumnal “Back to School” feeling.
Memoirs and Nonfiction
- Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year by Esme Raji Codell.
- Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi. Describes a group of young women in Iran who came together at home in secret to read and discuss great books of Western literature.
- Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire, by Rafe Esquith - The author exposes first-generation immigrant students to classic culture. Also try his previous book, There Are No Shortcuts.
- Teacher Man, by Frank McCourt - The author describes his coming of age as a teacher, storyteller, and writer.
- Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson - One man's campaign to build schools in the most dangerous, remote, and anti-American reaches of Asia.
- A Woman’s Education by Jill Ker Conway - The third book in the author's memoir focuses on her tenure as the first woman president of Smith College.
- Among Schoolchildren, by Tracy Kidder
- Black Ice, by Lorene Cary
- High School Confidential: Secrets of an Undercover Student, by Jeremy Iversen
- The History Boys, Alan Bennett
- To Sir With Love, by E. R. Braithwaite
- The Water is Wide, by Pat Conroy
- Admission, by Jean Korelitz - 38-year-old Portia Nathan hides behind her career as a Princeton University admissions officer and her dependable domestic life. Her reluctance to confront the truth is suddenly overwhelmed by the resurfacing of a life-altering decision, and Portia decide whether to make her own ultimate admission.
- Ms. Hempel Chronicles, by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum - Ms. Beatrice Hempel, new to teaching, new to the school, newly engaged, and newly bereft of her idiosyncratic father, struggles to figure out what is expected of her in life and at work.
- I thought this one of the best-written and deeply felt fictional accounts novels I've ever read. Though all the chapters could work as short stories, the characters and chronology are recorded carefully enough and Ms. Hempel's development make it a real novel. The constant oscillation of the writer's view (from Ms. Hempel s a teacher to her recollections of her life as a student and daughter) make it amazingly rich for such a short book. --Bob Bjoring 20:54, 27 September 2009 (EDT)
- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark - the story of a charismatic schoolteacher’s catastrophic effect on her pupils.
- The Dead School, by Patrick McCabe
- The Headmaster Ritual, by Taylor Antrim
- An Invisible Sign of My Own, by Aimee Bender
- A Lesson before Dying, by Ernest Gaines
- The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, by Peter Orner
- A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
- Brighten the Corner Where You Are, by Fred Chappell - recounts the adventures of a North Carolina high school teacher.
- Straight Man, by Richard Russo - During one tortuous week, Hank Devereaux, head of the English department at the state university in Pennsylvania, has his nose slashed by a feminist poet, finds his secretary is a better writer than he is, threatens wild fowl, and confronts his father.
- I am Charlotte Simmons, by Tom Wolfe
- Mysteries of Pittsburgh, by Michael Chabon
- Non Campus Mentis, World History according to College Students, compiled by A. Henriksson
- Schooled, by Anisha Lakhani
- Up the Down Staircase, by Bel Kaufman
- Christy, by Catherine Marshall - In the year 1912, 19-year-old Christy decides to leave home and teach school in a remote section of the Smoky Mountains.
- The Girl of the Limberlost, by Gene Stratton Porter - An impoverished young girl growing up on the edge of the Limberlost swamp in Indiana, discovers the value of education.
- Anne of Avonlea, by L. M. Montgomery
- Goodbye Mr. Chips, by James Hilton
- To Serve Them All My Days, by R. F. Delderfield
- The Train to Estelline, by Jane Roberts Wood
- The Crazy School, by Cornelia Read. Tough-talking former debutante Madeline Dare navigates the darker side of her tenure at a boarding school for emotionally disturbed teens.
- The Headmaster’s Wife, by Jane Haddam - When a teenage student is found hanging in his room after rumors circulate about his illicit affair with the headmaster's wife, retired FBI agent Gregor Demarkian is called in on behalf of the boy's roommate to investigate the death.
- Master of the Delta, by Thomas H. Cook - Returning home to his father's estate in 1954 Mississippi to take a job teaching at the local high school, Jack Branch befriends Eddie, one of his students and the son of a notorious local murderer, but his efforts on Eddie's behalf could have deadly consequences.