K brought me the nonfiction Three Cups of Tea from NCTE (National Conference for Teachers of English) this fall. I haven't even finished it yet, and I know that I won't forget Greg Mortenson and his work in Pakistan. It joins the fictional Kite Runner as one of those books that gives me a little better understanding of what is going on in other parts of our world. I have begun to believe that history could be better taught through literature than through lecture. And yes, I would love to be the one to teach that class! (My sophomores will tell you that, on a small scale, I already do: the Roman Empire through Julius Caesar, the history of the early 1900's through Our Town, and Civil Rights through To Kill A Mockingbird.) Now if I could just convince the school board to let me teach Current Events through literature. Kite Runner and Three Cups of Tea would head that course list. Other suggestions out there??? Feel free to send them my way.
I sometimes start to read a book and realize that I have already read it. Some books are that forgettable. (And it really ticks me off--especially when I have carted it home from the library before I discover it!) Three Cups of Tea will not be one of those books. My guess is that anyone who reads this book will not soon forget it. Add it to your list of must reads!