Martha Gentry, Fine Arts and Athletics Administrative Assistant
Favorite adult book recommendation — The Next Always by Nora Roberts
As the first book in the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy,
it sets the stage for romance and mystery. If you like stories about small town life with a bit of mystery thrown in (including a ghost), you’ll enjoy this book. It takes place (more…)
Nancy Speer, Cooper Library Resource Teacher
Favorite adult book recommendation — The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings is an epic trilogy that highlights the enormous struggle between good and evil. J.R.R. Tolkien created a mythical world with courageous characters and true heroes.
Ryan Tucker, Middle School History
Favorite adult book recommendation — Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This is a fun and engaging novel that largely takes place in a virtual reality simulation called the OASIS. The book is rampant with 80’s pop culture references, instilling a sense of nostalgia in the reader.
Richard Oberdorfer, History and Social Sciences
Favorite adult book recommendation — The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
If you have a background in history and literature, you will find this novel a real roller-coaster ride.
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.
Headmaster Dennis Manning
Favorite adult book recommendation — Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics by Stephen Greenblatt
Students sometimes ask, “Why read Shakespeare?” Greenblatt’s study of different leadership modes helps us understand that leaders and those they lead are in a remarkably complex, dynamic relationship. We are reminded why Shakespeare’s works are an enduring and topical commentary on the human social and political condition, as relevant today (and for all time) as in Shakespeare’s own turbulent Elizabethan times.