Last year, for literature during the second semester, I wanted to focus on the short story. I requested my friends give me their favorite short stories to give me some ideas or else we would have been reading a bunch of nerdy science fiction. Here is a list of the stories we read:
The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe
The Girls in Their Summer
Dresses by Irwin Shaw
All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury
Forcing The End by Hugh Nissenson
The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
O Youth and Beauty by John Cheever
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
Basically I win the award for choosing the most most morbid, narcissistic short stories. Not sure what I was thinking, but in almost every story there was a point where we all looked at each other and said, "I feel sick to my stomach."
And I had read most of the stories before;) But, because they evoked such great emotion, albeit bad, they are memorable, and come up in conversation often. It is nice when your children also feel like colleagues working together to understand more deeply and to see more clearly.