the power of myth

The Hero’s Journey: A Book and Movie List

The Hero’s Journey: A Book and Movie List

The hero’s journey is so prevalent in film and books that it makes a great jumping off point for a comparative literature study, and these texts are a great place to begin.

Stuff We Like :: 8.11.17

home|school|life’s Friday roundup of the best homeschool links, reads, tools, and other fun stuff has lots of ideas and resources.

You guys know that I was really hesitant about offering a print subscription, especially at such a high price point (and I totally understand everyone who’s commented that the price is just too high, believe me!), so I just want to say a big, huge, gigantic THANK YOU to everyone who has subscribed to the print edition. I promise that we will pour our hearts and souls into making these the best issues of HSL ever. 


around the web

I don’t know, maybe you won’t find this brief (filed by the ACLU on behalf of John Oliver who’s being sued by a coal magnate over one of his shows) as funny as I do, but you should definitely read the table of contents.

Totally relevant to my life: Freelance achievement stickers (Y’all, I did NOT get the Put on Pants sticker today.)

This is the kind of mash-up of journalism and academia that I live for: How the pink plastic flamingo became an icon

Have you heard about this new alternate history show Confederacy that's coming out? I have issues with it for a lot of reasons, but Roxanne Gay explains several of them better than I could.

In case you’re wondering what to get me for Hanukkah: E.B. White’s farm in Maine is for sale


at home/school/life

on the blog: A day in the life of Shelli’s homeschool

in the store: Speaking of Shelli, our awesome senior editor has written a brilliant guide to homeschooling the early elementary years

one year ago: The Girl Who Drank the Moon is one of those gorgeous books that you can’t help falling in love with 

two years ago: Great books about the Gold Rush

three years ago: How do you homeschool through a financial crisis?


reading list

This (lackluster) week in Library Chicken: Notes from a Feminist Killjoy: Essays on Everyday Life (+1), What Katy Did (+0, on my shelf), The Power of Myth (again—I had to pick my class readings!—+0, on my shelf), Invisible Cities (+1), All the King's Men (again—also prepping for class!—+0, on my shelf), Mythology (also class prep—0, on my shelf), The Iliad (also class prep—are you noticing a theme?—+0, on my shelf), 4:50 from Paddington (I am watching Miss Marple, which makes me want to reread all the Miss Marple books—+1). Basically, I’m super annoyed at Suzanne because she keeps reading really interesting books that I do not have time to read right now.


at home

We are crazy busy getting all the final stuff organized for Jason’s school—there is a lot of “one more thing”-ing when you are starting a school! (Actually, there is a lot of “one-more-thing”-ing in my life in general these days.)

It’s also a busy planning-for-a-new-grade season here. I’m sure I’ll go on and on about what we’re doing next year, but I’ll give you a brief rundown: Non-Eurocentric World History, Latin, creative nonfiction (reading and writing), Beast Academy, and critical thinking for my soon-to-be-4th-grader, and AP U.S. Government and Politics, World History and Literature (she may end up taking the AP World History test at the end of the year, but I didn’t put in an AP syllabus for this one because I really wanted to focus away from traditional Euro/white/hetero/male-focused history), Introduction to Critical Theory (I wrote the curriculum for this, and I am so excited to get to teach it—like, making-up-little-songs-about-it excited), Japanese, Algebra II, and Biology for my almost-10th-grader.

I am always trying to balance talking about our homeschool with protecting my children’s privacy, so I won’t tell you how my daughter ended up doing on the AP U.S. History exam. But I WILL say that I’m really glad we did it, and if you are thinking of aiming for the AP test, you definitely should — it ended up being a very happy experience for both of us with the class and with the exam.

Stuff We Like :: 7.28.17

home|school|life’s Friday roundup of the best homeschool links, reads, tools, and other fun stuff has lots of ideas and resources. 

Just FYI: Our subscription service is raising its price-per-purchase, so the price of a subscription to home/school/life magazine will be going up $2 (to $21) in August. If you want to renew or subscribe before August 1, you can still do it for $19. The blog will obviously continue to be free. :)

around the web

Great tips for helping introverts participate in class without telling them to “just speak up.”

Timely read: How to do nothing

Why representation (in literature, art, and life) matters so much


at home/school/life

on the blog: I love Maggie’s ideas for creating a list of writing topics.

one year ago: What to read next if you loved the Warriors series

two years ago: I love this: When your child is ready to do it “all by herself”—but you aren’t

three years ago: Books we read in June 2015


reading list 

My Library Chicken score this week: The Secrets of Wishtide (which I totally loved, and I thought it was a series but it’s not, and why the heck not? +1), The Art of Eating (+1), The Murder at the Vicarage (+1), The Power of Myth (+1, work-related, though I ended up buying a copy, too), The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (+1), Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America (+1, work-related), Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America (+1, work-related, and the book that launched me on my current Thurgood Marshall kick)

My son is reading Survivors obsessively, making this his second book series obsession of the summer and me pretty much the happiest mom in the universe.

Speaking of series obsessions, my daughter just zoomed through the Jackaby series (which you already know I love) and Chrestomanci series. Apparently summer is serial reading season here!


at home

Jason and I are watching our way through season two of Poldark and lots of Marple while I work on my current baby shower knitting project. (Acorn TV is definitely the best subscription television for me!)

I am SO HOPEFUL about the Wrinkle in Time movie. Do not let me down, Ava DuVernay.