Masks are Required in the Library

by order of the Town of Andover Select Board, September 13, 2021

Memorial Hall Library

School Stories for Grownups

Whether or not you're personally involved with back-to-school, September and education go together like chalk and erasers!  This booklist includes everything from a book about a school for magicians (no, not Harry Potter) to considerations of the history and policy of public education in America.  And for anyone interested in the history of education in Andover (or anyone wanting to check out their Andover High yearbook), we have a collection of items pertaining to Andover Public Schools in the Andover Room, our local history repository.

The furies
The furies
by Katie Lowe

A teen’s efforts to fit in at her boarding school are shaped by an enigmatic art teacher, her friends’ obsession with the witch hunts of the 17th century, and the mysterious disappearance of a former student.

Borrow the e-book in Libby/Overdrive via partner network SAILS or borrow the e-audiobook in Hoopla.

 
Miseducated : a memoir
Miseducated : a memoir
by Brandon P. Fleming

In this inspiring memoir, readers will witness the author’s transformation from a delinquent, drug-dealing dropout to an award-winning Harvard educator through literature and debate and how he takes what he learns about words and power to help others like himself.

Borrow the e-book in Libby/Overdrive via partner network NOBLE.
The wonder test : a novel
The wonder test : a novel
by Michelle Richmond

While trying to balance single motherhood with her job of solving complex counterintelligence puzzles, recently widowed FBI Agent Lina Connerly must also summon her strengths and investigative instincts when students at her son’s high school go missing and then reappear under mysterious circumstances on abandoned beaches.

Borrow the e-book in Hoopla. 
The State Must Provide : Why America's Colleges Have Always Been Unequal - and How to Set Them Right
The State Must Provide : Why America's Colleges Have Always Been Unequal - and How to Set Them Right
by Adam Harris

A staff writer at the Atlantic, weaving through the legal, social and political obstacles erected to block equitable education in the U.S., presents a definitive chronicle of the pervasiveness of racial inequality in American higher education.
We ride upon sticks
We ride upon sticks
by Quan Barry

Nearly three centuries after their coastal community’s witch trials, the women athletes of the 1989 Danvers Falcons hockey team combine individual and collective talents with 1980s iconography to storm their way to the state finals.

Borrow the e-book or e-audiobook in Libby/Overdrive via partner network NOBLE. 



 
Learning in Public : Lessons for a Racially Divided America from My Daughter's School
Learning in Public : Lessons for a Racially Divided America from My Daughter's School
by Courtney E. Martin

From the time Courtney E. Martin strapped her daughter, Maya, to her chest for long walks, she was curious about Emerson Elementary, a public school down the street from her Oakland home. She learned that White families in their gentrifying neighborhood largely avoided the majority-Black, poorly-rated school. As she began asking why, a journey of a thousand moral miles began.

Borrow the e-audiobook in Libby/Overdrive. 
Antiquities
Antiquities
by Cynthia Ozick

An elderly trustee of the now defunct Temple Academy for Boys, Lloyd Wilkinson Petrie, as he prepares to write a memoir of his days at the school, navigates between the subtle anti-Semitism that pervaded the school’s ethos and his fascination with his own family’s heritage.

Borrow the e-book or e-audiobook in Libby/Overdrive via partner Boston Public Library.
A wolf at the schoolhouse door : the dismantling of public education and the future of school
A wolf at the schoolhouse door : the dismantling of public education and the future of school
by Jack Schneider

Discusses how although support for public education is stronger than ever those who want to destroy it with school vouchers and wars on teachers’ unions and tax credit scholarships are unified, patient and well-resourced.

Borrow the e-book or e-audiobook in Hoopla.
Age of consent
Age of consent
by Amanda Brainerd

It's 1983. David Bowie reigns supreme, and downtown Manhattan has never been cooler. But Justine and Eve are stuck at Griswold Academy, a Connecticut boarding school. Griswold is a far cry from Justine's bohemian life in New Haven, where her parents run a theater and struggle to pay the bills. Eve, the sophisticated daughter of status-obsessed Park Avenue parents, also feels like an outsider amidst Griswold's preppy jocks and debutantes. All three are affected by their sexual relationships with older men and the power adults hold over them, even as the young women begin to assert their independence.

Borrow the e-book or e-audiobook in Libby/Overdrive via partner Boston Public Library. 
Overturning Brown : the segregationist legacy of the modern school choice movement
Overturning Brown : the segregationist legacy of the modern school choice movement
by Steve Suitts

The founding director of the Alabama Civil Liberties Union draws parallels between the modern “school choice” movement and the de facto segregationist policies that became prevalent after the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education.

 
Ghosts of Harvard : a novel
Ghosts of Harvard : a novel
by Francesca Scottoline Serritella

Defying her family to investigate the suspicious suicide of her schizophrenic genius brother, a Harvard freshman begins to hear the voices of three paranoia-inducing ghosts from different eras in American history.

Borrow the e-book or e-audiobook in Libby/Overdrive via partner network Minuteman.
The last negroes at Harvard : the class of 1963 and the eighteen young men who changed Harvard forever
The last negroes at Harvard : the class of 1963 and the eighteen young men who changed Harvard forever
by Kent Garrett

A Harvard graduate who attended as one of 18 African-American recruits in an early affirmative-action program describes how he reconnected with his fellow graduates half a century later to learn their remarkable stories.

Borrow the e-book in Libby/Overdrive via partner network SAILS or borrow the e-audiobook in Hoopla.
Class mom : a novel
Class mom : a novel
by Laurie Gelman

Frowned upon by conservative fellow PTA members for her past as a single parent, Jen reluctantly agrees to become class mom during her youngest child's kindergarten year, a role that is challenged by parent drama, hypersensitive allergies, and a former flame.  If you enjoy this book, be sure to check out its two sequels as well.

Borrow the e-book or e-audiobook in Libby/Overdrive via partner network SAILS.

 
Educated : a memoir
Educated : a memoir
by Tara Westover

Traces the author's experiences as a child born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, describing her participation in her family's paranoid stockpiling activities and her resolve to educate herself well enough to earn an acceptance into a prestigious university and the unfamiliar world beyond.

Borrow the e-book or e-audiobook in Libby/Overdrive. 
A deadly education : a novel
A deadly education : a novel
by Naomi Novik

In the start of an all-new series, bestselling author Novik introduces you to a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death--until one girl begins to unlock its many secrets. Enter a school of magic unlike any you have ever encountered: There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won't allow its students to leave until they graduate . . . or die. Wry, witty, endlessly inventive, and mordantly funny--yet with a true depth at its heart--this enchanting novel reminds us that there are far more important things than mere survival.

Borrow the e-book or e-audiobook in Libby/Overdrive via partner network OCLN.
Rethinking school : how to take charge of your child's education
Rethinking school : how to take charge of your child's education
by Susan Wise Bauer

The author offers a critique of the U.S. public school system where she closely analyzes the traditional school structure, dissects its weaknesses, and offers a wealth of advice for parents of children whose difficulties may stem from struggling with learning differences, maturity differences, toxic classroom environments, and more.

Borrow the e-book in Libby/Overdrive or borrow the e-audiobook in Hoopla.
The gifted school
The gifted school
by Bruce W. Holsinger

The students and parents of a tight-knit community find their bonds nearly destroyed by competitiveness when an exclusive school for gifted children opens nearby, in a story told from both adult and child perspectives.

Borrow the e-book or e-audiobook in Libby/Overdrive via partner network C/W MARS.