Tenaya Vallery, Upper School Chemistry
Favorite adult book recommendation — Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong
This multifaith book provides guidance on how to lead a compassionate life. A quick read, this former nun offers deep insight into how we may all better understand the people around us. I try to reread this book at least once a year.
Kelby Schnepel – Teacher, Middle School Music
Favorite adult book recommendation — Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway
I am a huge Hemingway fan and this book was the first published posthumously. It follows a painter who, after living an adventurous life, finds peace on an island in the Bahamas. The books is divided into three parts. (more…)
David Rezelman – Teacher, Upper School U.S. History and International Relations
Favorite adult book recommendation — Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
This novel manages to simultaneously be the funniest book I’ve ever read and the third most depressing book I’ve ever read. That’s quite the combination. It should be required reading for anyone thinking about bureaucracy, absurdity, and war in the industrial age.
Meg Mann – Teacher, Upper School Math
Favorite adult book recommendation — Life of Pi by Yann Martell
It is a moving book about survival and the importance of imagination. The theme of religion is woven throughout the book and has a wonderful message of inclusiveness and diversity.
Anne Schafer – Teacher, Second Grade Boys
Favorite adult book recommendation — Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
I heard Mr. Stevenson speak at my son’s college graduation this past May. He encouraged the graduates to do three things:
- Be proximate…get close to people who need your help.
- Change the narrative…tell the real story.
- Stay hopeful…we need hope to bring change.