I love books!
Here are some of my all-time favorites:
Nothing to be Frightened of - Barnes
Portrait of the Author as an Old Man - Heller
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime - Haddon
The House on Mango Street - Cisneros
Night of the Avenging Blowfish-Welter
Pigs in Heaven -Kingsolver
No One But Us - Spatz
Veronika Decides to Die -Coelho
The House of Mirth -Wharton
Crash Diet -McCorkle
You Can Heal Your Life -Hay
Proust Can Change Your Life -de Botton
The Anthologist -Baker
Thinking Like Your Editor -Rabiner & Fortunato
How the Brain Learns -Sousa
Teaching with the Brain in Mind -Jensen
Six Pieces of Sky - Urrea
Ten Little Indians -Alexie
The Hours -Cunningham
The Pilot's Wife -Shreve
The Four Agreements -Ruiz
You Can Heal Your Life -Hay
The Most Beautiful Book in the World
Book Doctor -Cohen --Here's a beautiful quote: "Writing is a kind of seduction, I know, but the reader is unknown, and so the task is harder than it might be otherwise. You don't know what kind of flowers to buy."
LouAnne Johnson is a former U.S. Navy journalist, Marine Corps officer, high school teacher, and the author of The New York Times bestseller Dangerous Minds (originally My Posse Don't Do Homework). At present she is an online instructor, adult ed instructor, and mentor for teachers.
A native of rural northwestern Pennsylvania, LouAnne enlisted in the U.S.Navy in 1971 and served nine years on active duty, achieving the rank of Petty Officer First Class in the Navy and later, 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. She earned the Navy Commendation Medal and Air Force Achievement Award for her work as a journalist/radio-tv broadcaster.
LouAnne holds a B.S. in Psychology from University of LaVerne, a master's degree in teaching English from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA, and doctorate in Educational Leadership from Sage Colleges in Albany, NY.
In 1989, LouAnne began teaching reading and writing to non-English speakers as an intern at a high school in California. Two years later, she was appointed department chair of a special program for at-risk teens. During the government evaluation of 10 similar pilot programs, LouAnne's group was rated first in academic achievement, increased self-esteem, and student retention. Since then LouAnne has taught English, adult basic education, developmental reading and writing at high schools and colleges.
LouAnne is the author of the following books:
Making Waves (St. Martin's, 1986) (out of print)
My Posse Donít Do Homework (St. Martin's, 1992) retitled Dangerous Minds in 1996
The Girls in the Back of the Class (St. Martin's 1996) (out of print)
School is Not a Four-Letter Word (Hyperion, 1997) (out of print)
Two Parts Textbook, One Part Love (Hyperion, 1998) (out of print)
Queen of Education (Jossey-Bass, 2004)
Teaching Outside the Box (Jossey-Bass, 2005 revised 2nd edition 2011)
Muchacho (Knopf, Sept 2009)
Kick-Start Your Class (Jossey-Bass 2011)
That Darn Donkey! (Pine Orchard 2012)
Michelle Pfeiffer starred in the August 1995 box office hit ďDangerous MindsĒ which was based on My Posse Donít Do Homework. My Posse and The Girls were both condensed in Readerís Digest magazine, and Dangerous Minds has been published in eight languages, including Italian, German, Japanese and French.
LouAnne has presented keynote and commencement addresses to numerous organizations, including the National School Boards Association, the National Council on Curriculum Development, National University and the European Council of International Schools. She has appeared on several TV shows, including Oprah, CBS Eye to Eye, NBC Weekend Today, Maury Povich, Tom Snyder, and CNN.
LouAnne is available for a limited number of speaking engagements each year. Please click on the EMAIL link to the above left to contact her.