Tenaya Vallery – Teacher, Upper School Chemistry

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.  

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David Rezelman – Teacher, Upper School U.S. History and International Relations

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.

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Anne Schafer – Teacher, Second Grade Boys

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:
    1. Be proximate…get close to people who need your help.
    2. Change the narrative…tell the real story.
    3. Stay hopeful…we need hope to bring change.

Mr. Dennis Manning – Headmaster

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.

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