Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

Suzanne Greenberg / Oct 21, 2019

Lesson Plans Library Journal Editor s PickReader s Digest Great Books from Small Presses That Are Worth Your Time Witty and insightful Reader s Digest Readers who enjoyed Tom Perrotta s Little Children will want t

  • Title: Lesson Plans
  • Author: Suzanne Greenberg
  • ISBN: 9781938849244
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Paperback
  • Library Journal Editor s PickReader s Digest Great Books from Small Presses That Are Worth Your Time Witty and insightful Reader s Digest Readers who enjoyed Tom Perrotta s Little Children will want to try Suzanne Greenberg s Lesson Plans, an entertaining, funny, and thoughtful debut novel about three California homeschooling families Library Journal Editor s PicLibrary Journal Editor s PickReader s Digest Great Books from Small Presses That Are Worth Your Time Witty and insightful Reader s Digest Readers who enjoyed Tom Perrotta s Little Children will want to try Suzanne Greenberg s Lesson Plans, an entertaining, funny, and thoughtful debut novel about three California homeschooling families Library Journal Editor s Pick citationLesson Plans chronicles the lives of three California families who choose to homeschool for different, deeply personal reasons.Patterson is a straight laced insurance adjuster who has recently discovered both surfing and God and convinces his wife to homeschool their rambunctious twins David is a liberal stay at home dad who feels stuck in suburbia and throws his energy into homeschoolong his three ducklings Wedding photographer Keith has just separated from Beth, a full time mom struggling to manage her own private chaos And there s Jennifer, Keith and Beth s precocious daughter, who copes with severe allergies and doesn t understand why she s not attending school and seeing friends like she used to Will homeschooling provide balance and harmony for these families Or will it bring unforeseen challenges and stress In this captivating and funny debut novel, Suzanne Greenberg takes a serious look at the choices parents profess to make on behalf of their children, as well as the unpredictable ways in which new relationships can change our lives.Suzanne Greenberg is the author of Speed Walk and Other Stories, which was selected for the Drue Heinz Literature Prize by Rick Moody and was a John Gardner Fiction Book Award Finalist She is also the co author of two novels for children and a guide to creative writing Lesson Plans is her first novel for adults.A New Jersey native, Greenberg lives with her husband and three children in California and teaches creative writing at California State University, Long Beach.

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    1. Lesson Plans, by Suzanne GreenbergLesson Plans shines a light on the esoteric world of homeschoolers in this humorous and heartbreaking novel. I love reading debut novels and I thoroughly enjoyed Lesson Plans! Suzanne Greenberg's novel is set in Southern California and focuses on the misadventures of three homeschooling families. Seven year old Jennifer, suffering from multiple food allergies and asthma, misses her first grade teacher and the familiar routine of public school. Little Jennifer wa [...]


    2. I found it to be pretty difficult to read, yet, interesting. I love how the author ties them together. We all want to do what is best for our children the short while we have them. This book engages the reader, makes them want to continue to read on to find out what is going on with Beth, Patterson, or David. It is enticing. I give this book 4/5 stars only because I am not a huge fan of jumping from person to person in one book.


    3. Three dysfunctional families come together as a result of homeschooling, and hilarity ensues. Except it's not really all that funny, and homeschooling is such a small part of the book - really, it's just the thread that holds the families together. There's David, the unschooling dad of 3 girls who lives off his wife Deborah's earnings and whose educational plans really never pan out. Of course his unschooled daughters are ill-mannered and dirty. There's Beth, who wants to homeschool her daughter [...]


    4. I enjoyed this book on so many levels! The characters are well drawn and the author imbues each with a unique personality and “flaws” that are easy to relate to. Although homeschooling forms the backdrop of the novel and is what brings the characters together, it’s the author’s fine-tuned and often humorous observations of human nature that bring the story to life. On a personal level, I found it oddly reassuring to be in the company of these fictional parents who struggle to find balanc [...]


    5. Just finished the ebook of this and loved it. Greenberg deftly avoids imposing a postion about homeschooling and focuses instead on a group of characters who struggle like most parents with finding the best education for their children. For most parents, this is a gut wrenching drama like no other, and I felt this throughout the book, from the diswrought Beth and her asthmatic daughter to the idealistic David and his three ducklings. There are no heroes or villains in this book and no easy answe [...]


    6. This is a perfect summer book. It is extremely well written and all the characters are wonderful. It is the story of three families who are homeschooling their children-- but it's not about the children. That is itself a comment on homeschooling, and we follow the neurotic and somewhat tragic circumstances that brought a father, newly single mother, and surfer dad and entrepreneurial mother, to this place. Their lives intertwine with comic results. The tone approaches T.C. Boyle but is not so ar [...]


    7. Summary: Three California homeschool families have their lives intersect as they deal with the problems and challenges of everyday life.Review: First of all, as a homeschool mom, I must say that I have NEVER encountered homeschoolers that match up to the characters in this book. I’m curious to know what the author based her character formation on. She does set it in California, which has a reputation for “anything goes.” Yet, I still struggle to see how the homeschool component is really a [...]


    8. Three families united under homeschooling fascination for very passionate idealistic reasons to "let us give it go and see" experiment provides a platform for the adults to learn more about themselves and the lives they lead.Reading through the author's slow lens made me think twice about how I would want my family and partner relationships evolve in a preemptive matter. Some of it is a bit disheartening but truthful. I agree with Ginger that homeschooling is a backdrop to the story, peppered he [...]


    9. I liked it! I liked the story. I'm not sure if I really got it but I know people and situations similar to the ones in the book with the overriding thing being that we are all sort of self absorbed and not paying a lot of attention to what's going on. It seems outrageous but I can see the mom who works just having it suddenly hit her that her family has gotten out of control. She just really didn't have time or even want to see what was happening. I can see the neighbor situations. I have seen t [...]


    10. Where do I begin? I don't often complete a book I am giving such a low rating to. First of all, as someone who has been homeschooling for over 20 years, I have to say I have not met any homeschoolers that even remotely resemble the characters in this novel. Greenberg has taken the (unfair) stereotypes of homeschoolers and carried them much too far, and not even in a direction that might be humorous. I saw no humor in this book. Nada. Nothing is funny about a man who claims to have "gotten religi [...]


    11. Disclaimer: I received a copy of Lesson Plans through First ReadsAs a parent who is contemplating the possibility of homeschooling her children, I was very interested in reading Lesson Plans. This book took a while to grow on me. At first it read like a bad soap opera with outrageous characters, but the characters' shortcomings and dramas are so exaggerated that it's a bit funny? (No "comical" is a better word).It's a strange book -- it is hard to put down because as with a soap opera, you want [...]


    12. I'd say more like a 2.5ybe a 3 but that seems generousey NEVER should have compared this to Tom Perotta anything, much less Little Childrene dark humor just isn't odd enough to be funny or land the bizarre way that Perotta masterfully achieves in Little Childrenis book isn't funny and I'm not even sure it was meant to be? The main issue (besides setting it up against impossibly high standards) is that it gave me a horrible taste in my mouth about homeschoolingr someone who is not intimately fami [...]


    13. What a unique read! I truly appreciate this complimentary book Lesson Plans by Suzanne Greenberg that I received from the Giveaway program. I found this novel about three California homeschooling families to be quite witty, entertaining, and sometimes sad. In the beginning I sometimes had difficulty keeping the three families straight as the reader followed one family and then another. However, I did enjoy the familiar, believable incidents which occur when parents sometime make misguided decis [...]


    14. This is a pretty awful book. I am a homeschooling mother, and I picked this up at the library mainly because I was intrigued by the idea of a novel about homeschoolers. I haven't seen many of those out there. I had high hopes, the writing was fairly good and at first I was drawn into the story about three families who homeschool their children, but it is not a story about homeschooling. As a matter of fact, homeschooling is just the common denominator that brings the families together and serves [...]


    15. Greenberg deftly avoids imposing a position about homeschooling and focuses instead on a group of characters who struggle like most parents with finding the best education for their children. For most parents, this is a gut wrenching drama like no other, and I felt this throughout the book, from the distraught Beth and her asthmatic daughter to the idealistic David and his three ducklings. There are no heroes or villains in this book and no easy answers.


    16. I read this book from the perspective of a retired teacher. It was an ok read, three couples with children who decide to homeschool them. If this book was supposed to be funny, I didn't see it. There might be a group of people who like this book but I can't see educators or parents enjoying this story as humorous.


    17. Gossip novel. Could have tied it up better in the end. Less than flattering portrayal homeschooling families. Overall has a depressing air.


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