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Review and Giveaway – The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

The winner of The 19th Wife is comment #47, Rebecca Cox! Congratulations, Rebecca! I’ll email you to get your mailing address. Thank you all for your great comments!

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The 19th Wife
by David Ebershoff
514 pages
Published August 5, 2008
Fiction

The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff is an amazing story of polygamy in the 19th century in the LDS church, as well as a modern day murder mystery on a compound of fundamentalist LDS who practice plural marriage. Ebershoff is so deft at weaving fact and fiction that the lines blur and I was constantly wondering where fact ended and Ebershoff’s imagination began.

While there’s two stories going on in The 19th Wife, they compliment each other well. The bulk of the novel is a fictionalized version of Ann Eliza Young’s account of her marriage to Brigham Young, including how her mother came to be a part of the Latter-day Saints, Ann Eliza’s childhood, the history of the church, and how she eventually apostasized from the Latter-day Saints and went on a crusade to eliminate polygamy. Ann Eliza really did write an autobiography entitled Wife No. 19, and it is on this that Ebershoff bases his fictional autobiography.

I think Ebershoff may have missed his calling as a history teacher. He has a gift of telling history like a story, which is how I think the best history teachers teach. To this day, I remember stories one of my history teachers used to tell, and where these stories would be dry and dull with their mere facts, they come alive and become something I can remember more than 10 years later. In fact, it is because of one of my history teacher’s stories, the story of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria being assassinated, that I want to name my first daughter Sophia.

The second story in The 19th Wife is a modern day murder mystery. We find that Jordan’s mother is accused of killing her husband…who had scads of other wives, the number of which even Jordan’s mother isn’t sure. Jordan’s mother has been arrested and charged with the murder of her husband, but when she pleads with Jordan to believe that she’s innocent, he believes her because he knows she still believes in the religion, so why would she kill her husband? He sets out to help prove her innocence, because even though she abandoned him five years ago at age 16 on the side of the highway, he still loves her.

What works so well is the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints makes you understand why Mormon fundamentalists hold on with such tenacity to plural marriage. When Joseph Smith introduced the idea of plural marriage to the Latter-day Saints, he said that plural marriage was what God wanted, and to not do what God wanted would result in not getting their reward. Brigham Young kept up this mantra, telling people they were doing what God wanted. It was only when the United States started putting pressure on the LDS to end plural marriage that a decision was made in 1890 by the Mormon church to ban plural marriage.

A significant question this book tackles is why it’s okay for the United States to have laws against polygamy, when theoretically we allow people the freedom to do what they want. Ann Eliza Young has an excellent answer to why it is sometimes the responsibility of the government to step in.

This book, despite its 500+ pages, is a quick read. Is it a definitive history of Ann Eliza Young, Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, or the Church of Jesus Christ of Lattter-day Saints (Mormons)? No. Is it an excellent book, based on history but embellished and stretched and fictionalized? Absolutely. You obviously can’t use this book as a basis for your knowledge, but I’d be willing to bet it will encourage you to do your research to find out what is truth and what is fiction.

Rating: 90 out of 100

tlc-graphic-smallerI’ll be going to see David Ebershoff when he comes to my area on June 2nd. I’ll be sure to tell you all about it!

I want to thank Lisa and TLC Book Tours for allowing me to be part of this tour. You can follow along with this tour by checking out the tour schedule.

Additional links: David Ebershoff’s website | More information on Ann Eliza Young | Buy The 19th Wife from Powell’s | Buy The 19th Wife from Amazon (pre-order the paperback!)

I have one paperback copy of The 19th Wife to give away! How cool is David for providing this?! To enter, all you have to do is tell me who your favorite teacher in school was. If you want an extra entry, you can mention this giveaway on Twitter or Stumble this post, just come back and leave an extra comment leaving the link to your tweet or letting me know you stumbled this. This giveaway will be open through May 31st. Good luck!

Here’s a book trailer for The 19th Wife that is FANTASTIC. You know I don’t give my stamp of approval on book trailers easily, so please, watch this video.

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96 Responses to “Review and Giveaway – The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff”

  1. Jen Forbus

    I read a book about polygamy called THE LION’S PRIDE (http://jensbookthoughts.blogspot.com/search/label/Debbie%20Jordan ) which took place in Arizona in 1911 – before Arizona was a state…so the polygamist sect in this fictional tale had moved there to be able to practice their religion. It’s fascinating.

    Anyway, Trish, to answer YOUR question, my favorite teacher in school was my sixth grade teacher Miss Rosemary Nemeth. She got married at some point after I had her, but she always retained her name “Miss Nemeth.” That’s how all the kids knew her and that’s the way it was going to stay. She was older and that was that. The principal wasn’t any too happy with that choice, but luckily it wasn’t up to him! Anyway, I always attributed the better part of my success to her because she always pushed me to recognized what the best was I was capable of. So after that, I wasn’t ever happy with anything less than my best!

  2. Julia

    I’m very interested in reading accounts of alternative religions to my own, especially Mormonism. I’ve been eying this book for a while now.

    My favorite teacher was my fifth grade teacher, Miss Hurley. She encouraged my budding gift in writing. As a result of her encouraging my interest and gift I was heavily involved in the literary magazines in both high school and college and became an English major. I still have a dream of having my poetry published, largely due to a teacher who early on showed me that we should reach for our dreams and develop our academic strengths.

  3. Kathy

    Don’t enter me – I’ve read the book and really enjoyed it. I thought Ebershoff did a great job of twining the two stories together.

  4. Heather J.

    No need to enter me (I already have it) – just wanted to say that I really REALLY enjoyed this book. The story is intriguing and the writing is excellent. I hadn’t seen the trailer before so thanks for posting it.

  5. Vicky

    I love your review and I definitely fall into the category of those who had to do more research – in fact, I would stop reading to go online and look things up. I loved this book and have recommended it to everyone I can. I am looking forward to owning a copy (I’ll buy in pb).

  6. jess

    My favorite teacher was Mrs. T, 4th grade. Patient, stylish, and just lovely — that was Mrs. T.

  7. rhapsodyinbooks

    I had a 3rd grade teacher who read us Penrod, a chapter a day. We couldn’t wait! Recently I bought it again and looked through it and thought: I liked THIS? (which is probably why I shouldn’t now be reviewing any children’s books!) Anyway, she was great, even though I can’t remember her name! But oddly, I remember distinctly the shoes she wore!

    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

  8. Nicole O'Dell

    That sounds like a really interesting read! Thanks for the review.

  9. gaby317

    This sounds like an interesting read, please count me in.

    My favorite teacher was a Math teacher at Exeter, Mr. Clements. He was brilliant and caustic and so encouraging to the hard workers. It was a boarding school and many of us were away from home for the first time, he could see that and would invite students to his wife’s home cooked meals.

    gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

  10. Heather

    I TOTALLY want to read this book, so please count me in Trish.
    My favorite teacher was a college professor of sociology, Dr. Sullivan. I had two classes with him and he helped me out a LOT with my writing skills. He also helped me understand a lot about policics, race, class, and social movements that previous to his classes I didn’t know much about.

  11. Stephanie

    Pick me!! I have been wanting to read this ever since I first saw it hit the blogosphere!!

    My favorite teacher?? Hmmm….I really liked my High School Lit teacher (go figure), Mr. Cook. He’s the one that made me read To Kill a Mockingbird, which has been my favorite book since that time!

  12. Molly

    This books sounds wonderful and I would love to be entered in your give away (In fact, I wonder if it would be good to read this and The Chosen One back to back?)

    Hmmm….my favorite teacher. I would say it is a toss up between Mrs. Dutton, my 2nd grade teacher and Mr. Lynch, my Latin teacher in high school. Both of them were quite stern on the outside, and caused fear and dread during the first weeks of school — but on the inside, they were as sweet as could be. They cared about learning and they set the standard of excellence high, and I greatly appreciate them for doing that for me

  13. Colleen

    sounds like a great read!
    I credit my 5th grade English teacher with pushing me into more adult books- I read Daughter of Time and To Kill a Mockingbird based on her recommendations. If I look back on the teacher who had the greatest influence on how I see the world, it was definitely Dr. Koss (junior and senior years of HS). Her Honors American History was a trial by fire that prepped me for college, and her Honors Seminar on Women in History was life-changing/

  14. Amy Reads Good Books

    Sounds like a great book! Favorite teacher. . .12th Grade English — Mrs. Igert. She was a legend at out little school.

    Darrin Reply:

    You wouldn’t happen to be talking about Mary Louise Igert from Willard, MO would you? There couldn’t be two legendary English teachers with that name.

    Ditto. MLI changed my life completely. I owe my career to her influence and inspiration. I last saw her in the summer of 1991 at a college football game. I’ve tried looking her up recently but couldn’t find any reference on the Web.

  15. Amy Reads Good Books

    tweeted: http://twitter.com/amyreads

  16. Darlene

    I’d love to enter for this one. My favorite teacher would have been my Grade 1 teacher Mrs. Balkwell. It’s now more than 35 years later (yikes) and I can still remember her kindness and patience with me.

  17. Elizabeth

    I would LOVE to read this book. I am a history teacher and I love mysteries, so it’s the best of both worlds!
    My favorite teacher was Mrs. Richardson, my 1st grade teacher who inspired me to become a teacher myself.

  18. Jessica

    For years and years and years it was my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Libea. But now, in college, I have met my mentor who is awesome and fantastic. Her name in Dr. Van Zandt. She’s the bees knees.

  19. Jessica

    tweet!

    http://twitter.com/JDanger/status/1837104654

  20. Lindymc

    This book sounds so interesting. Please enter my name in the drawing. My favorite teacher was Mrs. Wesner, HS English who encouraged me to read A Tale of Two Cities, my first classic.

  21. lisamm

    Great review, Trish! Thanks so much for all the effort you put into your reviews.

  22. Ti

    Mr. Taylor, my junior high history teacher was one of my faves. He made it fun and had a unique way of presenting the material. He was also incredibly cute so imagine my surprise when he ended up teaching at the college I attended.

    thereedfamilyATsbcglobalDOTnet

  23. Monica

    I loved the book too! That’s actually a cool book trailer!

    Don’t enter me because I’ve already read the book (and reviewed it here: http://www.monniblog.com/2009/01/the-19th-wife/)

  24. Meghan

    I’ve got it already, so no need to enter me in the contest, but this is a great review of a great book! It certainly made me want to learn more about the reality of the history and provided entertainment as well.

    Also, I’m actually impressed by the book trailer! It is well put together and thoughtful, not just a commercial I don’t need to watch. Thanks for that.

  25. Kathryn

    My favorite teacher in school was my sixth grade English teacher, Mrs. McGee, who sought out my poor alienated self (big sweaters and greasy hair) and handed novels too, and inspired by own writing. I still credit her for getting me to channel my creativity into poetry. Though, in retrospect, that she encouraged some of my junk is unbelievable ๐Ÿ™‚

    This book sounds phenomenal. Please enter me for the copy.

  26. LuAnn Morgan

    I’d love to read this book and find out more about this subject!

  27. mindy

    it would have to have been my first grade teacher mrs sansone she was not well and we usually had substitutes but she was so sweet and kind thanks for the giveaway

  28. scottsgal

    My fave teacher was my senior year sociology teacher Mr. Steele, he was crazy. We did a unit on cults and during human sexuality he blew up rubbers and had them hanging like balloons around the classroom. Very fun class.

  29. brenda helgeson

    my first grade teacher miss knight

  30. Sandra K321

    My favorite teacher in school was probably Mrs. Barnes, my 2nd grade teacher. I remember she would have us put our heads down after recess and she would read to us from the Box Car children series.

  31. Christina Brunetti

    Love to have this. My favorite teacher was my drama teacher Mr. Caldwell. He inspired me to get into theater my whole high school career.

    Thanks,

    darkfyre1(at)gmail(dot)com

  32. Melissa - Shhh I'm Reading

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    My favorite teacher was my 10th grade English teacher. He was the first one that was able to teach Shakespeare in an interesting and accessible way. Because of him, I’m hooked.

  33. Mary Ward

    Mrs. Foster, my high school typing teacher, was my favorite. She not only taught typing but also business. She had the biggest heart and smile. She really cared about us students and we loved her.

    mamie316@sbcglobal.net

  34. claire

    Please enter me in the draw, I would love to read this! My favourite teacher is Mr. P in high school. He taught algebra and geometry, and I loooooved both subjects so much, he made me stop being afraid of math. In fact, I got 98 (which is almost an impossible grade to get). Up to now, math is my favourite subject of all. ๐Ÿ˜€

  35. Staci

    My favorite teacher in high school was my ELA teacher Mrs. Avery!! She was wonderful and I’ll never forget her. I would love to win a copy of this book because I’ve read a lot of good reviews, including yours!!

  36. Carlene

    My favorite teacher was my 9th grade Latin teacher. Her name was Ms. Price. She was so much fun and made me feel like I mattered. That was a great year for me. Please include me in your giveaway.
    Thanks
    Carlene
    iluvreading(at)verizon.net

  37. Christine

    Mr Harding, an almost-legendary teacher at my high school; I had him for gr 11 English, economics, politics, and AP psychology. He’s the reason I love Macbeth, understand supply and demand, and took Old English in university. I owe a staggering amount of my intellectual development to this man.

  38. Literary Feline

    I am glad you enjoyed this one, Trish. I really liked it too–especially the historical perspective. The author really does have a gift for telling a story with history. I look forward to reading his other work.

  39. Jenny

    Probably my second-grade teacher, but it’s a close thing with my 9th and 11th-grade English teacher. They were both such cool, funny, interesting people, and they were both AWESOME teachers.

  40. Amy (Park-Avenue Princess)

    Hi Trish!

    I’d definitely like to read this one! It may just be YOUR reviews but since I’ve gotten back, my TBR pile has grown (If you can imagine it getting any bigger) I really should take a picture of the books waiting to be read…they’re not even in a stack or a pile it’s kind of like a whole bunch of stacks and piles but they are contained to ONE area!

    My favorite teacher in school was Mr. Amore! He was my 12th grade History teacher. He was young and very funny. He always had new, fresh and very inventive ideas. I never loved History, but he made it fun! I haven’t forgotten him. But then again, I remember my pre-K teacher Mrs. Barlow who was a sweet woman and so pretty! At least that’s what I thought at age 4 : )

    Kisses & Misses
    Amy

  41. Natasha @ Maw Books

    No need to enter me as I have this one already – and signed too! You’ll love meeting David, he’s a really nice guy! You can’t help but love him.

    I mentioned in my review that this book is to Mormonism what The DaVinci Code is to Catholicism. Both shouldn’t be taken as being authoritative subjects but rather one needs to be a responsible reader to be able to sift out the fact from fiction. And if you’re not familiar with the particular religion, it can be really hard to do.

  42. natalie @ book, line, and sinker

    i can tell you my least favorite teacher was mrs. black–first grade teacher and mean as the day is long. she DUMPED my desk and its contents on me one thursday (29 years ago) because i was a tad disorganized. i hope she’s ROASTING right now. ahem. no, i’m not salty or anything.
    as for this book–i would love to read it! your review made it so tempting even though i typically don’t get into books based in religion.

  43. wendy wallach

    My favorite teacher was Mr. Hirschfield in 4th and 5th grade.

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  44. Hillary Fairchild

    My favorite teacher was Mr Owens, who was also my principle at my christian school. Thanks for the contest!

  45. Heather E

    My favorite teacher was Mrs. Norman, she was my 5th grade teacher and taught science in 6th and 7th grade.

  46. susan

    My favorite teacher in school was my 8th grade teacher, Ms Johnson, she really made me feel special and unique.. she was the best. Thanks for the giveaway!

  47. Rebecca Cox

    I would love to win this book, it is currently on my wish list at PBS.
    As to teachers, my favorite was Mrs. Eady, my 11th grade english teacher. We were both outcasts at the time, she was a black teacher in an all white high school, and I was a poor girl living on the wrong side of town. She befriended me, and I her. She was extremely smart and helped me see that it was not my fault, that I was better than to put my self worth in other high school kids. Because of her, I went on to college and a great career. I can still see her face and hear her calming words when I get down and that was 35 years ago.

  48. meghan

    Hi!

    I am new to your blog, but have been enjoying it immensly.

    My favourite teacher in high school was my grade 12 history teacher. He taught history by telling us stories. Each country was described as a person would be, with their quams with other ‘people’ used to describe how wars would start and end. Additionally, sometimes he would choose not to tell us history stories, but stories from his own past. He was a fantastic story teller, which helped to make the history come alive for us. Finally, he thought I was completely different from my sisters, which I felt was a compliment of the highest regard!!!

    Thanks!

  49. Jason

    My favorite school teacher was my high school English teacher Mr. Kreger.

  50. Nosaby

    My fave teacher was Ms. Swearengine, first grade. I loved her name, and she started me on my love of books. I cried when I had to leave her to go to 2nd!

  51. amy btw m

    I’ve been interested in reading this book, but it just sits on my to read list. That would be cool to win a copy. My favorite teacher was my 6th grade teacher Ms. McMullin. Kids from the other classes also thought she was mean, because she didn’t put up with shenanigans. She was a really cool teacher though, and I learned a lot. I’m going to go tweet @amersmiller. Plus I’ll add a link in my sidebar. http://haikuamy.blogspot.com

  52. Jo-Jo

    My favorite teacher…that’s a tough one! I will have to go with my 8th grade teacher, who helped me realize that I could actually be good at math! And now I’m an accountant…lol
    Please enter me!

  53. Nan

    This book sounds really good. I’d love to be entered in the giveaway.

    I had so many wonderful teachers growing up – I think that’s part of the reason why I became a teacher (I have been teaching first grade for 16 years). One of the best teachers I have had the pleasure to know is my aunt. She taught first grade for 33 years. She was never a teacher of mine in school, but she was a teacher in life for me. She helped to foster my love of reading and I’m sure she is a big part of why I became a first grade teacher. Three cheers for Aunt Theresa!

  54. Sheri S.

    Wonderful review! I’d love to win this book since I’ve heard such great things about it . I’ve had a number of really great teachers throughout the years… I guess my favorite would have to be Mrs. Lands – she was so encouraging and always inspired us to do our bests!

  55. MJ

    My Mom taught me in 5th grade. She was my favorite!!!

    mj.coward[at]gmail.com

  56. Paula H

    I loved my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Johnson. She was so nice and made learning fun.

    I love reading about polygomy. The book Escaped is really good.

  57. Michelle

    Oops – I sent you an e-mail instead of making a comment – still a newbie at this stuff ๐Ÿ™‚
    Anyways – Mr. Clancy – Grade 8 – everyone was scared of him but he would go to the ends of the earth for his students – even teaching me the rules of basketball on paper, on his lunch hour…..
    Would love to read the book, trish.
    Thanks,
    Michelle

  58. Michelle

    http://www.twitter.com/michellereads

  59. Teddy

    No need to enter me. I added it to my Giveaways Galore post and to Marg’s HT News on Historical Tapestry.

  60. Belinda

    Mrs. Greer was my favorite teacher. Thanks!

  61. Michelle

    No need to enter me into this as I’ve just checked this book out at my library and can’t wait to read it. I just thought it was a fun coincidence that you asked about favourite teachers and I’ve been mulling around in my head a post about just that! It’ll happen quite soon.

  62. blodeuedd

    If open worldwide then I am in ๐Ÿ˜€
    I always liked my history teachers, mainly cos that was my fav and best subject

  63. Latayne C Scott

    Wow. That video was right up my alley. Wonder how he was able to do that filming in the town without “supervision….”

    Great video.

    Latayne C Scott
    author, Latter-day Cipher
    http://www.latayne.com

  64. Sharon A

    Ms. Hammond in the 3rd grade. She is the only teacher’s name that I remember after all these years.

  65. Shelly Burns

    I have read such good things about this one! My favorite teacher was my 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Lein. She is the teacher I aspire to be.
    I also blogged about this.
    http://writeforareader.blogspot.com/2009/05/wednesday-wanderins-52009.html

    shelcows AT gmail DOT com

  66. kim v

    My 6th grade teacher Mrs. deBels.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

  67. Sarah Z

    Mrs. Ellis was my fav – I had her for 3rd and 5th!
    Thanks

  68. zibilee

    I would love a chance to win this book. It has been on my wish list for a long time, and the reviews I have seen lately have really piqued my interest in it again. My favorite teacher was my 11th grade English teacher Ms. Gunn, I really got a solid love of the classics from her. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  69. Kristi

    My favorite teacher was my 7th grade math teacher Mr. Porter – he could be intimidating, but he really wanted you to learn and you could tell he loved what he was teaching.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  70. Kristi

    I tweeted – http://twurl.nl/zu1tfz

  71. Lorin

    I’ve been waiting until this one came out in paperback. It sounds so good!

    I love the stories about everyone’s favorite teachers. For anyone reading this who is a teacher, I hope you know how much what you do matters.

    I’ve been lucky to have had several great teachers in my life (though there were some stinkers, too!). The most memorable was Patricia Jameson, my h.s. bio teacher. At the time, I was attending an all girls school. We all called her “Ms. J”, though I believe she had a Phd, so we should’ve called her Dr. She was funny and larger than life, and very encouraging of all of us. I think she hoped to inspire more women to go into the sciences. It almost worked on me – I became an architect – but I still have great respect for the sciences because of her. She also encouraged me to write (she was pretty disparaging of most science writers). She was great!

  72. DeSeRt RoSe

    If this is open internationally then please enter me if not that’s ok ๐Ÿ™‚
    My favourite teacher was my English teacher Mrs. Sarah she always encouraged me to read and learn more. She was also the first to teach me to write cursive (since English is not my first language)

  73. Deborah R

    My favorite teacher in school was a high-school English teacher named Mrs. Nixon (no relation to the former president). She was a stickler for grammar and didn’t tolerate mistakes, no matter how small.

  74. Marie

    This looks like a fascinating book! My favorite teacher was my high-school AP English teacher because I loved to write and she made things so much fun — she could take the most boring assignment and give it a twist that made it really interesting.

  75. Kendra Anderson

    My favorite teacher was Mr. Christionson of my Creative Writing class….He made everyone feel so special ….and important. He left a impact on those he taught ……He will always be remembered even though his teaching was short….(1982)may he at peace!

  76. Valorieq

    I’d love a chance to win! My family is Mormon with a long history in the church.

    Favorite teacher? Oh, definitely Kathy Pearson. She teaches Roman and Medieval studies at a University. I envy that woman and just adore her. She’s so smart.

    Valorie
    morbidromantic@gmail.com

  77. Theresa N

    Sounds like a good story. My favorite teacher was
    Mrs. Pepper my senior English teacher in high School.

  78. Debbie

    My favorite teacher was my fifth grade teacher her name was Ms Robinson. She was very nice and made me feel like a real person and that I mattered. Please include me in your giveaway.
    Thanks
    Debbie
    debdesk9(at)verizon.net

  79. Anita Yancey

    My favorite teacher was my 10th. grade Biology teacher Miss Jo Davidson. She was just so cool. Even though she did talk us into giving up a lot of our Saturdays to plant trees, and pick up trash along the river. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks.

  80. Renee G

    My favorite teacher was Mrs. Hicks, my first grade teacher.

    rsgrandinetti@yahoo.com

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  82. Julie

    My favorite teacher in school was my grade 12 English teacher…if it were not for him I would never have majored in English in University and I would have ended up studying bones or something in labs!

    Cheers,
    julie.sherritt@gmail.com

  83. Suzana

    My favorite teacher was my math teacher from of 6-8 grade elementary school (Mrs Vismara). Thanks to her, I’ve started to wish to become an engineer, and never regret it.
    And I would love to read this book.

  84. Lethea Benson

    My favorite teacher in school was Miss Trowbridge (senior year of high school), she was a wonderful Literature teacher and completely no-nonsense!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

  85. Teresa

    My favorite teacher was history teacher- he used to made it all look fascinating.

  86. Marie Burton

    Lots of responses here but I’ll throw my name in the mix. The storyline is very interesting (and disturbing).
    Thanks
    marieburton2004 at yahoo dot com

  87. Cindy V

    I would love a chance to read this book, your review was excellent. I didn’t think I’d enjoy this book until after reading the review.
    My favorite teacher in school was Mr. Smith, he was my science teacher in junior high. Who knew science could be fun.

  88. Ashley Madden

    I saw this at Goodreads, and I’d love a chance to try and snatch it! It looks so good.

  89. Meg Waite Clayton

    Do law school professors count? I hate to pick just one, but Professor Alan Smith, my property prof at University of Michigan Law School, would certainly make my list. There’s a reason the MI law library is named after him.

  90. Bruce Thomas

    My favorite teacher was an unusual character for my school. Growing up in Idaho, most teachers were Idahoans, but Emoor Bordelon came to us from Louisiana, which was as foreign to us as if he was from France or Germany. Emoor was a Cajun; a small man with an infectious laugh and an enthusiasm for learning that inspired formerly lethargic students into believing studying English could be fun. He found ways to bring literature to life; the most common being to read passages from books using a dramatic voice and asking penetrating, Socratic questions that made us think about the characters and how we would expect them to act in specific situations. Mr. Bordelon did the same with Spanish language classes, also a new experience for us. After four years with this happy, intelligent man, college English was a breeze. I learned to read and write with joy, not pain, and I learned about the best in Cajun spices and cooking. Emoor Bordelon took me to a foreign land without ever having to eave Idaho. Are there any Emoor Bordelon’s left for our children?

  91. MichelleB

    My favorite teacher was English teacher, Mrs. Connor. She really pushed us, but always brought out the best in us. Of course, I think I really liked that class because my best friend and I would sit in class and giggle through it.

  92. Tracy McGill

    I had a few, but my favorite was probably my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Cheetham, because she was the first person to ever tell me I had writing talent.
    Love your blog!

  93. Lucy

    Please enter me in the giveaway. I really want to read and win this book. I’ve always enjoyed books based on religions that differ from mine. English was always my favorite subject. The reading part of it. I loved reading and didn’t mind reading aloud. I was also very shy. My high school English teacher was my favorite. She really helped build my confidence. I don’t even know if anything is read aloud anymore. School was such a long time ago. Thank you.
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  94. Alexa

    My favorite teacher was Mrs. Ross. She was so nice.

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