"The Final One Eighty" by Dennis Donoghue
Regular: $22.30; MTA member discount: $19.99 (plus $3.99 S&H, MA sales tax). The Final One Eighty (Adelaide Books) by Dennis Donoghue is a day-to-day account of the author's last year as a sixth grade teacher. This memoir reveals what it's like to teach in a public school these days, highlighting conflicts, frustrations and success with humor and introspection, all from the point of view of someone who's been at it for thirty seven years. Each of the 180 days is a stand alone chapter, an essay really, with a particular anecdote examined to reveal a deeper significance. The memoir provides an intimate look at daily maneuverings of not only the teacher but everyone around him-students, colleagues, administrators and parents. Email to order.