Iran, Africa, NYC, and Dresden
Paul Allison interviews his students at the end of an independent reading class.
- Talia has just fininshed Persepolis, a French-language autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi depicting her childhood in Iran after the revolution.
- Tarik is in the first part of Things Fall Apart, a 1958 English-language novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe.
- Rina & Sharifa as well as Odari are all reading The Catcher in the Rye, a 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger.
- Martha is reading Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut, a post-modern anti-war science fiction novel dealing with a soldier's (Billy Pilgrim) experiences during World War II and his journeys with time travel.