Fun With Teachers

Do you really think that teachers have no life outside of their classrooms? From prim little school marms to mystery-solving professors, come have fun with this bunch of academes.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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