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Klose, Robert. The Three-Legged Woman and Other Excursions in Teaching. Univ. Pr. of New England. Oct. 2010. c.224p. ISBN 9781584659273. $24.95. ED. Copyright © 2010 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. Reprinted with permission.
In his previous books (Adopting Alyosha; Small Worlds), Klose discussed his adopted son; here, he offers insight into his teaching life. He has taught biology at an open-admissions university in Maine since 1986, and he chronicles these experiences in the book’s six sections. “Clientele” showcases his distinct array of students, ranging from single parents to veterans, the homeless, and even a convicted murderer. “Our Common Tongue” covers the breakdown of American English, and “I, Teacher” delves into Klose’s relationship with science. The “Forbidden Fruits” section is where his opinions are strongest, focusing on controversial subjects, including the evolution debate and his students’ beliefs in the paranormal. “Methodologies” covers his attempts to make science relevant to students, and “The Future Is Now” discusses technology in the classroom.
VERDICT The book’s scope and intended audience are unclear; Klose tends to go off topic, particularly when he addresses language and writing techniques. Instead of focusing on his students, his short essays offer a disjointed picture of his life, experiences, and beliefs. Not recommended.