There are two well-known ways to be successful in college:
WRITE about what you read.
The more you read, the better a writer you will become. As you are exposed to language and ways to use it, you can incorporate these tools into your own bag of tricks as a student and as a writer.
To this end, I am adding more reading to the English 2 class I adopted two weeks ago.
The first five books on the list are by local authors–
How To Be Chicana Role Model by Michele Serros
growing up in Oxnard; in several local libraries
Sespe Wild by Brad Monsma
natural and human history of the Sespe area behind Fillmore, Santa Paula and Ojai; also in local libraries
Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard
business and life philosophy by the Patagonia founder
easy to find at Patagonia’s headquarters on Santa Clara and Olive; local libraries
Middle of the Night Poems From Daughter to Mother :: Mother to Son by Gwendolyn Alley
narrative poems tracing the journey from daughter to mother from the perspective of 3:15am August nights; you can buy this from me, online (print or e edition from publisher en theos press),
at Bank of Books, Bart’s, Best of VC Marketplace in Santa Paula
Like a Splinter In Your Mind by Matt Lawrence
the philosophy behind the Matrix movies; available on library reserve at VC
The final two book selections are from non-local authors. The first is the one being read as part of a “One Book One Campus” initiative:
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Widely available including in the VC bookstore
while the second is:
Students will be able to choose which book they want to read as long as there are three people in the class who will read it with them and be in their book club.
While you will be able to find these books online, I encourage you to support local bookstores like Bart’s in Ojai, VC Marketplace, Patagonia and especially
Bank of Books
Open until 7:00 pm