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First Self-Select: Falling Man

This book was absolutely amazing. It teaches the reader about how hard life was and how they had to rebuild their lives after the 9/11 incident. Also, how a relationship that wasn't a healthy one before, really worked out for the better and turned into a healthy one. When I was reading this book I felt like I was actually there. Like one of those people was my family member.  Not knowing whether they are alive or dead, or suffering from smoke inhalation. I never really thought about the word "Patriotism" before reading this book. 

  • The definition of Patriotism-devoted love, support and defense of ones country; national loyalty.

After looking up the definition, I realized that I am definitely patriotic.  I know that every one has a little patriotism in them. Looking at the work patriotism, it has "riot" in the middle of it. If you think about it, when there is a "riot" or "war" the patriotism really shows through. This book really makes you think! And if you really think about it, the terrorists brought us together instead of "tearing us apart." A little summary of the book- A man named Keith escapes the falling towers by cramming down a stairwell along with hundreds of others. A woman named Lianne, who is Keith's alienated wife. She is a temporary editor, who allows Keith to come back home after he stumbles home from the fallen towers.  

     Keith and Lianne have a son, Justin, and he thinks Osama Bin Laden is a guy named Bill Lawton! 

Keith and Lianne are on bad-terms but in the end it all changes.  This book is truly memoir, in a round-about way. :)






I found this picture on google. It is just a glimpse, nothing

compared to what happened that day. Many children along with adults

were killed that day. By a list of many things, even going drastic enough to kill themselves.

This event marked a spot and time and wont ever be let go, and will never be forgotten.


This is a poster that was put together by the families of the people who died

or were not found during the 9/11 incident.




Quotes From Falling Man:

  • "The roar was still in the airm the buckling rumble of the fall. This was the world now."
  • "She had normal morphology. She loved that word. But what's inside is the form and structure. The mind and soul, hers and everyone's, keep dreaming towards something unreachable. Does this mean there's something there, at the limits of matter and energy, a force responsible in some way for the very nature, the vibrancy of our lives from the mind out, the mind in little pigeon blinks that extend the plane of being, out beyond logic and intuition."
  • "But then there is this other thing and thats the family. This is the point I want to make, that we need to stay together, keep the family going. Just us, three of us, long-term, under the same roof, not everyday of the year or every month but with the idea that we are permanent. Times like these, the family is necessary."
  • "He had to learn how to see it correctly, find a crack in the world where it might fit."
  • "The world changes first in the mind of the man who wants to change it."
  • "Forget god. These are the matters of history. This is politics and economics. All the things that shape lives, millions of people, dispossesed, their lives, there consciousness."




2nd Self-Select

The Secret Life of Bees-Sue Monk Kidd


-Wow. This book is amazing. I really enjoyed this book. With CNA and school, I really don't have much time to sit down and read, but I just couldn't put this one down. This book really makes the readers stop and think about life, and how privaleged we are to be living in the 20th century. Also, it made me realize how important parents are in our lives. (Whether you "hate" them or not!) I don't know how Lily, the main character lives with the burden of killing her own mother. Lily's father in the novel does not care for her, he makes her live a horrible life. Lily loves to write also, she thinks that if she writes it get things out of her system, and a place to put her view on life. The "month" sisters are my favorite by far. May, she is the "PMS-ey" one. She cries alot and has a hard time dealing with the death of her twin. June, comes across as a witch with a "B", and takes a long time to warm up to anyone. August, is the one who is super loving and caring. Whenever Lily got in trouble she would have to kneel on grits and they would burn and cut her knees, she would have to do this for hours. On all of the jars of honey there was a picture of a lady and his son, and this is one of the pieces left of Lily's mother and brings Lily to her mothers to the bee farm. In all reality, Lily's whole life is made around bees.


"People who think dying is the worst thing don't know a thing about life."

-This is an important quote because Lily's life has been profoundly affected by her mothers death. Lily suggest that living with someone else's death can be more painful than dying. 

"Please, Lily, you are insulting your fine intelligence. Do you have any idea how smart you are?

-Lily's teacher says this to her when she mentions that she would like to be a hairdresser. This quote shows how low Lily's self-esteem is from living with T.Ray and also, that believing in someone can be very powerful. After Mrs. Henry says this to Lily, she  believes that she can be a writer and practices whenever she can.

"The truth is your mother ran off and left you."

T.Ray says this when they return from the jail. Lily was so upset that she ran away only to find out that T.Ray was telling the truth.

"But she's white, August."

June, one of the month sisters, says this to August, another month sister, about Lily. When Lily hears this comment being said about her, she gets very angry and thinks that it is absurd to dislike someone because of their skin color. This is a very significant quote in this novel because white people usually don't experience this kind of discrimination.

"Well if you have a group of independent-minded bees that spilt off from the rest of the hive to go look for another place to live, then you've got a swarm."

This quote explains how Lily really feels, having broken away from her "hive." She is moving senselessly, like bees in a swarm.

"Putting black cloths on the hives is for us. I do it to remind us that life gives way into death, and then death turns around and gives way into life."

Death as giving way to life is seen twice in this novel. The first instance is how May's death propels June to marry Neil, and then establishing their new life together. The second time is when Lily finally comes to terms with her mothers death, and is truly set free to begin her own life.





These are grits that Lily had to kneel on when she was in trouble.





This is the jars that they put their honey in. This is a piece left from Lily's mother.



This is a honey bee swarm. The "swarm" represents Lily.




Carouse-to act rowdily










The Freedom Writers Diary






     This book was so amazing! I could not put it down when I started it. I watched to movie and that is what made me want to read the book. Some of the diary entries in this book were so explicit and emotional. This book is all about troubled teens who not only face racial discrimination but also deaths of close ones. In this book Erin Gruwell moves to a "ghetto" part of Southern California and becomes a teacher at an alternative school. The students she is dealing with have no drive to graduate or even to do daily work. Erin is very patient with these kids, but also her temper is building up. After a kid draws a picture of a African-American with huge lips, Erin bursts, She tells these kids that she has had enough of their selfishness, and its time to make a difference. Erin gives these students the option to read many moving stories like Anne Frank's diary and Zlata's story. These teens travel to many conferences and museums. They are given their own diary and the can reconsile about their hard times or even their good ones. Erin really makes an impact on their lives. The kids talk the school board into letting Erin be their english teacher for all 4 years of high school, and she gets to see them all graduate. I highly recommend this book!





"Unfortunately, I have realized that we cannot completely erase all the evil from the world, but we can change the way we deal with it, we can rise above it and stay strong and true to ourselves." Zlata Filipovic,


"This is the type of propaganda that the Nazis used during the Holocaust." Erin Gruwell,  Page 2.


"I feel as though chaos is stalking me, sliding its slimy tentacles into every crevice of my life." Anonymous Freedom Writer, Chapter 6, Page 188.


"I want to write his story so others will know his death was not in vain." Anonymous Freedom Writer, page 150.


"I have a dream that... little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as one." Anonymous Freedom Writer


--All of these quotes have the same message to me, that no  matter what color, what race, what religion you believe in, who your parents are, or what you have done in the past, everything is forgiveable and you can always start  over with a clean slate.

















Comments (7)

paul bonnell said

at 8:39 pm on Oct 7, 2009

Wow! "The world changes first in the mind of the man who wants to change it." Do you think that in all the opinion and debate about the war in Afghanistan and Iraq we (as a country) actually ignored some of the social and psychological damage of 9/11 and people who perished then and there?

Bella said

at 11:38 am on Oct 10, 2009

I really like what you said about how patriotism really shows through in wars. That is sooo true! =)

Haylee said

at 1:38 pm on Oct 12, 2009

Bella, I KNOW RIGHT?! But if you really think about it, it is so true. Someone could not even care about the country but if their family member is in the army or whatever and they are going to war, it really brings it out in them.

Haylee said

at 1:23 pm on Oct 13, 2009

Bonn, yeah I do. I believe everyone was so worried about getting back at them that they didn't/don't take time to feel for those who lost families and friends.

Angela said

at 9:37 am on Nov 23, 2009

Haylee, creative name. About the book though. Sound intersting/eye-opening. Sweet. =]

paul bonnell said

at 11:48 pm on Mar 26, 2010

Have you seen the _Freedom Writers_ movie? After having a book interview with Charena, I'm inclined to read the book myself. It sounds more authentic and more varied in scope. I like how it sounds less "tidy" and more true to their multiple and "incomplete" stories. What do you think?

Haylee said

at 2:25 pm on Mar 29, 2010

Yeah I seen the movie. You should really read the book it presents alot more information than the movie and it really gets into personal stories and really makes you see what inside struggles those teens are dealing with.

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