The High School Book Club

The High School Book Club

Latest Episodes

Ep. 17 - Careless or Care Less?
November 01, 2017

The opening episode for Season 3 is focused on F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. Three English teachers, each armed with a story of the others, share different perspectives on how to read Gatsby the character and the novel:...

Ep. 16 - A Soloist's Power and Voice Control
May 31, 2017

Three English teachers passionately dissect Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale. They examine how this book impacts them as women, as lovers of story, and as analysts of their current culture. There are some spoilers regarding the...

Ep. 15 - The Mystical Meaning of Hope and Humanity
April 25, 2017

Three English teachers discuss the moving, tragic, and weighty book Night, by Elie Wiesel. Elie's story, as told in bitter flashback, awakens its readers to the horrible potential for man to commit evil. However, it also examines how hope and meaning...

Ep. 14 - The Trouble With Self-Awareness and Self-Assertion
March 27, 2017

Two high school English teachers and a Renaissance expert discuss the troubling qualities of William Shakespeare's Othello.  WARNING: Due to the nature of the play, there is some discussion of sexuality.

Ep. 13 - The Power of Words on Film
January 28, 2017

This month's discussion is atypical; rather than focusing on a print text, three English teachers argue the case for studying film as literature. The bulk of the conversation analyzes Peter Weir's Dead Poets Society. Each teacher also...

Ep. 12 - Acceptance or Capitulation?
December 23, 2016

This month's discussion wrestles with the factors that contribute to identity, both as a natural consciousness and as individual gender definition, with Alice Munro's short story, "Boys and Girls".

Ep. 11 - Delusion, Turmoil, and Paradox
November 29, 2016

Three English teachers discuss the fascinating and complicated story of Shakespeare's King Lear. King Lear is both fun and frustrating, and obvious and ambiguous. We tackle the tough questions about the likability and believability of...

Ep. 10 - The Risk to Dream
October 27, 2016

Three English teachers discuss the social and historical context of Steinbeck's classic novella Of Mice and Men, and its treatment of the importance of human connections and aspirations. 

Ep. 9 - Problematic Desire
June 15, 2016

Three English teachers share both appreciation and frustration of Tennessee Williams's play A Streetcar Named Desire.

Ep. 8 - A Time to Read and a Time to Think
May 18, 2016

Three English teachers discuss the universal importance of books in our society, all the while heeding the warning thatisRay Bradbury's classic novelFahrenheit 451.