This ambitious novella centers around a conflagration that destroys the upper floors of a Lower Manhattan condominium. Spanning 1975 to 2011, it depicts the interconnectedness of the lives of an... More > older illegal Jamaican immigrant, a middle-aged war photojournalist whose British father and Italian mother met in the civil unrest of 1968 Northern Ireland, a working-class college football player transplanted to Louisiana State University, and a Columbia undergrad from an affluent Upper East Side family.
Inspired by Louise Erdrich's experimental narrative technique in LOVE MEDICINE (National Book Critics Circle Award, 1984), the novella is a sort of jigsaw of temporal shifts and unexpected correspondences. Motifs serve as essential unifying threads. The work is the fruit of the creative energies of Ms. Chen and and her 2011-2012 English 12 class at Rye Country Day, an independent school located in Rye, NY. We hope you enjoy the read!< Less
Students, having trouble in school? Teachers, having trouble teaching students with different learning styles? You've found the right book! How Did I Get Into This Place? is a handbook originally... More > written for Rye Country Day School students, but can be used by middle and high school students anywhere. Inside, you will find conveniently organized chapters by skill: Reading, Writing, Focusing, Note-taking, Memorization, and Math. You will even find some tips on how to approach teachers to talk about your specific learning style. Teachers, there is also a section just for you! In your chapter you can learn about how to teach ALL students so they can learn to the best of their ability!< Less