Fun With Teachers

Murder Is Art

By Bill Crider

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Dr. Sally Good is head of the English and Fine Arts Department at a community college on the Gulf Coast of Texas. It’s an easy-going place where the faculty is more likely to write articles for music magazines than pompous literary rags. A popular professor dies under suspicious circumstances – rumors veer between sexual hijinks and/or Satanism. Dr. Good must run the department – and find the killer.

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Name Dropping

By Jane Heller

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"Pre-school teacher Nancy Stern is in a personal and a professional rut. But what really puts a dent in her self-esteem is the realization that another woman named Nancy Stern has just moved into her building...a Nancy Stern who lives in the penthouse...a Nancy Stern who interviews celebrities for glossy magazines...a Nancy Stern who's chummy with Kevin Costner.

"Nancy's loss of her own specialness deepens as she keeps getting the other, more glamorous Nancy's mail, phone calls and party invitations by mistake. It's all too much to bear -- until a man calls one night, intending to ask the other Nancy out on a blind date. In a moment of madness, Nursery School Nancy accepts, and what follows is a raucous tale of mix-ups, murder and mistaken identity."

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Nobody's Girl

By Antonya Nelson

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"Birdy Stone has left Chicago for a teaching job in Pinetop, New Mexico. She has one friend--an outsider named Jesus. Mrs. Anthony has a dead husband and daughter, and she hires Birdy to help her write a memoir about them. Birdy becomes obsessed with their mysterious deaths--and with Mrs. Anthony’s very much alive 17-year-old son."
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Philly Stakes

By Gillian Roberts

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Amanda Pepper teaches English to wealthy, low-achieving, bored and restless prep school students. What was supposed to be a lesson in compassion--having the students cook and serve a holiday meal in a homeless shelter--gets out of control when the wealthy parents take over. The simple Yuletide dinner turns into a catered nightmare--with murder as the first course.
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Plainsong

By Kent Haruf

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Holt, Colorado, is one of those small towns where everyone knows everyone else. Tom Guthrie is a high school teacher who is basically a single father--his wife can’t (or won’t) get out of bed. Victoria is 17 and pregnant and has been thrown out of her home. The McPherons are bachelor brothers who don’t know much beyond farming. Maggie Jones, also a teacher, brings these lives together in this simple yet elegantly told story.
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Quieter than Sleep

By Joanne Dobson

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Enfield College is shattered when a professor tumbles into Professor Karen Pelletier's arms at a cocktail party--strangled to death with his own necktie. It is up to Karen to find the killer, lest another scholar publish and perish.

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The Bug Funeral

By Sarah R. Shaber

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"Although there is a murder in Shaber's Bug Funeral, the bugs themselves aren't the victims. In the engaging series launched by Shaber's Malice-winning first novel, Simon Said, the author's amateur sleuth is a professor of history, particularly that of a relatively recent period. In each of the stories, Shaber has set her pleasant, somewhat bumbling and extremely likeable detective figuratively and often literally digging into a happening that could reveal its long-ago tale to him.

"But even Simon finds is very reluctant to be involved in the current cry for help from a woman sent to him by a professor friend - a man whose judgment has always seemed before to be excellent. The woman, who amazes Simon by turning out to be intelligent, sophisticated and very attractive woman indeed, confesses that she believes she has murdered an infant in a past life."

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The Man Who Wrote the Book

By Erik Tarloff

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"Ezra Gordon's life is falling apart. His job as an underpaid literature professor at a small Baptist college in California is in jeopardy because he can't get his act together to write any articles for academic journals, he has a ferocious case of writer's block and hasn't written a poem in years, and he is in a lukewarm relationship with the icily disapproving Carol, daughter of the fearsome college trustee, the Reverend Dimsdale. And his doctor has just told him that, physically, at the age of 35, it's all downhill from here.

"To escape a dreary spring break on campus, Ezra heads to Los Angeles to visit Isaac Schwimmer, an old college friend. There's nothing wrong with Isaac's life -- he's a fabulously successful publisher of pornographic books, his social life is a bachelor's fantasy, and he lives next door to a Penthouse model as smart as she is beautiful (well, almost). When Isaac proposes that Ezra write a dirty book for a little fast cash, Ezra takes him up on the offer. Little does he know that his book, Every Inch a Lady (by "E.A. Peau") will radically change his life, and throw the campus into chaos."

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The Moment I Saw You

By Lisa Samson

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"This romance from Lisa Samson is set in a country inn in the Blue Ridge Mountains where Natalie St. John, the proprietor, takes a special interest in a handsome and fascinating college professor who's come to her inn to find the quiet to write a book."

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Thinks

By David Lodge

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The story unfolds in the alternating voices of Ralph Messenger, the director of the Holt Belling Center for Cognitive Science at the University of Gloucester in England, and Helen Reed, a recently widowed novelist who has taken up a post as writer-in-residence at Gloucester. Ralph, who is much in demand as a pundit on developments in artificial intelligence, believes that computers may one day be conscious; Helen believes that literary fiction constitutes the richest record of human consciousness. The two are mutually attracted and fascinated by their differences, but Helen resists Ralph's bold advances on moral principles. The standoff between them is shattered by a series of events and discoveries that dramatically confirm the truth of Ralph's dictum that "we can never know for certain what another person is thinking"

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