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.
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.
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.