3. 'Why School? Reclaiming Education for All of Us,' by Mike Rose
This a beautifully written work of literary nonfiction that grapples with the idea that public education increasingly sees itself as a business rather than a public good. The author, Mike Rose, draws on over 40 years of teaching experience and research, weaving memoir and policy discussion together in this moving call for a humane approach to education that accounts for the needs of every child.