HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 27 – School Stories

Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley listened with rapt attention to the narrative non-fiction and memoir recommendations of Julie Nelson on the topic of school stories. Check out her answers to the Fast Five questions, including her favorite school supply!

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School Stories

Our guest this episode is Julie Nelson, Collection Development Professional. She also authors the library’s popular Lost in the Stacks column.


Books mentioned

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Life inside the Classroom:

Among Schoolchildren by Tracy Kidder

Ms. Moffett’s First Year: Becoming a Teacher in America by Abby Goodnough

Not Your Traditional Classroom:

Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden

Love in a Time of Homeschooling: A Mother and Daughter’s Uncommon Year by Laura Brodie

Different Kinds of Kids

Somebody Else’s Kids by Torey Hayden

The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens by Brooke Hauser

Issues of Race in the Classroom

The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy

Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock by David Margolick

School Fiction

Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman

Christy by Catherine Marshall

Winter Thunder by Mari Sandoz

Your turn to talk

Continue the conversation about School Stories. Have you read any of Julie’s recommendations? What can you recommend? Talk to us here on the blog, or on the library’s Goodreads group at our School Stories discussion.

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Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book discussion leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, and frequent library customer. She loves her kids, being a librarian, living in Topeka, and helping people form connections and community. (She's the Community Connections Librarian!) She reads a new book every few days, but is enjoying the audiobook of "Empress of Forever" by Max Gladstone, the ebook "When We Were Magic" by Sarah Gailey and is eagerly awaiting John Scalzi's "The Last Emperox" in April!