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Saints in Art
Thomas Michael Hartmann, Stefano Zuffi, Rosa Giorgi
The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems
Emily Dickinson, Susan Howe
Selected Poems
Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson
Cynthia Griffin Wolff
Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
James W. Loewen
Gone with the Wind
Margaret Mitchell

Americapedia: Taking the Dumb Out of Freedom

Americapedia: Taking the Dumb Out of Freedom - Andisheh Nouraee, Daniel Ehrenhaft, Jodi Anderson, Jodi Lynn Anderson If you and/or your teen enjoy Daily Show-style humor, this is the civics book for you. It's terrifically funny while grappling with some very serious issues, both historical and present-day.

Warning: If you are religiously observant, you will probably be ticked off by something in chapter 5, "God Bless This Mess: Peaceful Religions and Why They Fight." I'm not religiously observant, and I was a little irritated by some lack of rigor in this chapter. Jesus did not "hang out with a hooker." Mary Magdalene was one woman of many Jesus hung out with, and nowhere in the Bible is she called a prostitute -- that's an idea that became a tradition later. Also, Jesus is not the guy who "didn't think you had to be a fellow Jew to have a unique relationship with God." That was Paul.

So, yeah, okay, this book isn't perfect. But it's very readable, and gave my son and I some good jumping-off points for discussions and "homework" assignments. And my annoyance from chapter 5 melted away in the brilliant chapter 6, "Hot Buttons: The Issues Americans Like to Yell About Most." Which, come to think of it, will probably push some buttons for you. But at least you've been warned.