Looking for literature to get students talking and reflecting about their lives, as well as empathizing with the experiences of others? Below, we've listed 9 great personal essays that support those goals, written by authors from around the globe.
"Sometimes I think it's impossible for someone to be as beautiful and ugly as my mother," comments the fourteen-year-old co-narrator of Manon Steffan Ros's award-winning Llyfr Glas Nebo (The Blue Book of Nebo). The novel, translated from the Welsh and excerpted in this month's issue of Words Without Borders, is in the form of dual diary entries from a boy and his mother following a world-ending war.
July 28th marks the anniversary of Peru's 1821 independence from Spain. To celebrate, we're re-publishing a post about Peruvian author Marco Avilés, as well as the audio story "Pijo y yo," about Marco's adventures with his dog in their adopted home of Maine.