Fun With Teachers

Amy and Isabelle

By Elizabeth Strout

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"Sixteen-year old Amy has the usual problems with her single mom. Amy's affair with her math teacher creates problems that ripple outward from their little family and seem to affect the whole town. A lyrical look at a difficult topic."
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Are You Nuts?

By Mark Richard Zubro

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"Tom Mason, a gay high school teacher, just wants a quiet school year. But a battle erupts between conservative and liberal parents for control of the PTA. When one of the conservative parents is killed after a particularly difficult PTA meeting, Tom must find the real killer to prove a friend’s innocence."
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Election, a Novel

By Tom Perrotta

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This is a darkly comic novel about a high school presidential election. Told in alternating voices by Mr. M – the teacher everybody loves, Tracy – the smart and popular girl with a dark secret, Paul – the good natured athlete, and Tammy – Paul’s geeky younger sister.
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Falconer's Judgement

By Ian Morson

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In the mists of Oxford, Regent Master William Falconer, philosopher and amateur sleuth, searches for the whereabouts of his mentor, Roger Bacon. But political chaos is about to explode. The Papal Legatee's brother is killed during a student riot. Now, the man of reason must enter a labyrinth of madness--where ambition, deceit, and murder are the order of the day.

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Foreign Affairs

By Alison Lurie

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"Virginia Miner, a fifty-something, unmarried tenured professor, is in London to work on her new book about children's folk rhymes. Despite carrying a U.S. passport, Vinnie feels essentially English and rather looks down on her fellow Americans. But in spite of that, she is drawn into a mortifying and oddly satisfying affair with an Oklahoman tourist who dresses more Bronco Billy than Beau Brummel. Also in London is Vinnie's colleague Fred Turner, a handsome, flat broke, newly separated, and thoroughly miserable young man trying to focus on his own research. Instead, he is distracted by a beautiful and unpredictable English actress and the world she belongs to. Both American, both abroad, and both achingly lonely, Vinnie and Fred play out their confused alienation and dizzying romantic liaisons in Alison Lurie's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel."
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Girl in Hyacinth Blue

By Susan Vreeland

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Eight linked stories tracing the history of a painting by the 17th-century Dutch artist, Vermeer. In one, he paints his daughter to pay off debts, a second story describes the loss of the ownership papers, a third takes place on the eve of its theft by the Nazis.

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

By Gillian Roberts

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After a tough year of teaching at Philly Prep, Amanda Pepper decides to go to Atlantic City with her friend, Sasha. Yet a beach vacation turns deadly when a bludgeoned corpse shows up in their hotel room--and Sasha is the prime suspect. So Amanda hits the boardwalk to track down the real killer, chasing down clues around the surf and in the casinos....
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If You Knew Me

By Anne Roiphe

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Finding love in middle age can be wonderfully unexpected and heartbreaking. Leah Rose is a never-married microbiologist in a rut. She returns to her parent’s summer home to rest and recharge her batteries. She meets, and is reluctantly wooed, by Oliver Marcus – an English teacher and year-round resident. He has never married, lives in the house he grew up in, and cares for his mentally handicapped sister. Ollie and Leah aren’t looking for love – they’re too old, too jaded, too damaged by life – but love finds them in spite of themselves.

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Juggling the Stars

By Tim Parks

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An underpaid English teacher in Italy is tempted by one of his very wealthy students. When her family objects, they run away together. Is it love? Or ransom?
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Madame

By Antoni Libera

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"Madame tells the story of a charmingly self-absorbed teenager as he pursues sexual and intellectual maturity-and the woman of his dreams-in Communist-dominated Warsaw of the early '70s. His French teacher, 'Madame,' is the object of both his affections and aspirations as news of the Cultural Revolution in the West seeps through the Communist walls. Libera paces his exuberant young hero's fulminations, fantasies, and discoveries beautifully, building a remarkably subtle characterization of a free mind in a repressive culture."

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