The Big Read Blog (Archive)

Curtis Sittenfeld

Dave Brubeck at work. Photo by Tom Pich NEA Jazz Master Dave Brubeck died last week just a few days shy of his 92nd birthday. Thankfully, the NEA captured his soulful spirit on tape which you can listen to here in these very short NEA Jazz Moments featuring Brubeck and his music. A few years later...
Book cover used courtesy of Random House. Old School tells the story of a teenage boy struggling to discover his true, honest self. The nameless narrator craves friendship and acceptance as he seeks to find his place among his classmates. In this scene, we hear from the author himself, Tobias Wolff...
Washington, DC Image of book cover used courtesy of HarperCollins. Today we?ll visit Maycomb, Alabama as we discuss the classic 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Deservedly, Lee won a Pulitzer Prize for this heart-wrenching story about race and injustice in a small Southern town. Tom...
Washington, DC Book cover used courtesy of Random House. Old School , by Tobias Wolff, tells the story of a teenage boy struggling to discover his true, honest self. In many ways, he is an outsider at a privileged college prep school. The nameless narrator craves friendship and acceptance as he...
Washington, DC "St. Michael's" by Charlie Dave via Flickr ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/charliedave/ / CC BY 2.0 ) In Curtis Sittenfeld?s bestselling novel Prep , a 14-year-old girl struggles to fit in when she leaves her family and life in Indiana behind to attend the prestigious Ault School in...