April 23rd – Inaugural World Book Night in America

On Monday, April 23rd, Burlington High School will participate in World Book Night, a national book giveaway to promote literacy. 20 students, selected by the English Department, will receive a free commemorative copy of Junot Diaz’s award-winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (description below). These editions were printed especially for World Book Night. BHS is one of only a handful of Massachusetts schools to participate in this event. For more, please see the April 22nd article in the Boston Globe, found HERE

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(Book summary from Goodreads.com)

This is the long-awaited first novel from one of the most original and memorable writers working today.

Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku-the curse that has haunted the Oscar’s family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

Díaz immerses us in the tumultuous life of Oscar and the history of the family at large, rendering with genuine warmth and dazzling energy, humor, and insight the Dominican-American experience, and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss. A true literary triumph, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao confirms Junot Díaz as one of the best and most exciting voices of our time.

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