I'm a high school language arts (English) teacher, and I've just been asked to come up with suggestions for a new elective class called "Great Books." The idea is to have a class that would offer students compelling, contemporary books that are high interest, yet have some "deeper" issues to discuss. Of course, since I'm on the list, you can already guess that I'd love to include a contemporary noir thriller.
I come before you to see what you might recommend that might meet the criteria. The class is geared for juniors and seniors, so a little "adult content" is fine, but nothing too over-the-top. (For example, I've taught THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE by David Morrell in a previous class and never gotten any parental phone calls. I could probably get away with THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, but anything by Vicki Hendricks would be OUT.)
Again, we're trying to look for books from the past few years, but I'm pretty open to suggestions.
Feel free to e-mail me offlist or reply here. Thanks in advance for your help!
Mahtomedi High School
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