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Everyday Use by Alice Walker
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Aug 25, 12

bookshelves: reading-list-2012
Read in August, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 6

One of my favorite short stories ever. In a way, this is Hemingway-esque. It's iceberg writing at its near best: a simple story with so much happening below the surface of the sounds and words. I've read many books that don't say as much as Walker did in about five pages.

That said, it's a pain in the ass story to teach to high-school kids. They just don't care. In spite of all my enthusiasm, I couldn't get them to engage with a story about "two black girls fighting over some quilts." Pitiful responses to such beautiful literature. Thinking it was just me, I asked around school and all of the other tenth grade teachers said the same thing: kids don't get it.
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