If I could organize a bookstore, these would be the shelves: 

- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Lolita by Vladamir Nabokov
- The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
- Maus by Art Spiegelman
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- 'This is Who I am When No One is Looking' by Pico Iyer

First Lines
- Lolita by Vladamir Nabokov
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- Pale Fire by Vladamir Nabokov
- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
- All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- 'The Open Boat' by Stephen Crane

What an Ending
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (but if you loved it, do not read the epilogue)

Embracing Ambiguity 
- The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason
- Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (if you loved the book, do not read the epilogue)
- Othello by William Shakespeare
- The Curfew by Jesse Ball
- Threats by Amelia Gray
- 'Cathedral' by Raymond Carver

A Book for a Cross-Country Flight 
- The Last Child by John Hart
- The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
- A Discovery of Witches or Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (the first is a guilty pleasure, the second one is better written)

- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Burbery
- Note to Sixth-Grade Self by Jenny Orringer
- The Last Child by John Hart
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

That Just Happened 
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
- Unwind by Neal Shusterman
The Horse Whisperer  by Nicholas Evans
- House on Lorelei Street by Mary E. Pearson
- 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'
- Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner
- Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
- Watchman by Alan Moore
- John Dies at the End by David Wong

Those Who Don't Learn It Are Doomed to Repeat It 
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
- Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
- Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Kite Runner bby Khaled Hosseini
- Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
- Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
- All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg
- Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Fundamental Reminders 
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Olive Kitteridge by Elisabeth Strout
The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
- Letters to a Young Poet  by Rainer Maria Rilke
A Touch of Wonder by Arthur Gordon
- The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Snow Falling on Cedars  by David Guterson

Read the Book First 
- Song of Ice & Fire by George R. R. Martin
- Princess Bride by William Goldman
- Jaws by Peter Benchley 
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick 
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 
- The Godfather by Mario Puzo 
- Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris 
- The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 

A Rainy Afternoon
- Politically Correct: The Ultimate Storybook by James Finn Garner
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- The Arrival by Shaun Tan 

People Behaving Badly
- Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff
- The Devil all the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
Medea by Euripedes
- Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood
- Master of the Game by Sydney Sheldon
- The Jungle by Upton Sinclair 
- Lolita by Vladamir Nabokov
- White Tiger by Aravind Adiga 
- A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
- 'The Cask of Amontillado' by Edgar Allan Poe 
- 'A Good Man is Hard to Find' by Flannery O'Connor
- The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Worth the Investment 
- 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
- A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

A Spectrum of Wizardry
- Wizard's Hall by Jane Yolen
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
- The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman
- The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
- Harry Potter (the entire series) by J. K. Rowling
- The Magicians by Lev Grossman

- Watchmen & Hamlet
- Othello & Inception (film)
- The Fault in Our Stars & The Elegance of the Hedgehog

...and Permutations 
- The Scarlet Letter, The Handmaid's Tale, When She Woke
- Wizard's Hall, The Golden Compass, The Magicians

Why Teach?
- Schools Our Children Deserve by Alfie Kohn
- Teach Me! by Murray Levin
- Reading the Media: Media Literacy in High School English by Renee Hobbs
- Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks
- Literacy with an Attitude: Educating Working-Class Children in Their Own Self-Interest by Patrick J. Finn
- Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
- Shame of the Nation by Johnathon Kozol
- Horace's Compromise by Theodore Sizer
- In Schools we Trust by Deborah Meier

Teacher Bookshelf 
- Deeper Reading by Kelly Gallagher
- Checking for Understanding by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
- Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe
- Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman

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