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What We're Reading

Posted by Molly Huddle Coffey | April 21, 2020

Staff book recommendations april 2020

Rock Point School staff have been using some of their time at home to read! Here are some books staff have enjoyed lately:

Hillary Kramer (Director of Admissions) - "I recently read the graphic novel, The Best We Could Do, a memoir by Thi Bui about a family‘s journey from their war-torn home in Vietnam to their new lives in America. It is both incredibly sad and incredibly beautiful. I highly recommend it."

Hans Manske (Math Teacher) - "I'm currently reading The Plot Against America by Philip Roth. It takes place in the US in the early 1940s and imagines an America in which famed pilot and known Nazi sympathizer, Charles Lindbergh, defeats FDR in the 1940 presidential race. I'm only about 100 pages in, but it's great so far and eerily timely.  There's a new series on HBO, based on the book, that is produced by David Simon, who did The Wire and Generation Kill."

Mo Reilly (Director of Community Development) -  "I’d recommend The Book of Delights by Ross Gay, especially now during our collective time of upheaval, anxiety, and loss. The book is a series of short essays selected from his year-long project of chronicling the things that delighted him each day. The essays are always short, delightful, funny, poignant, poetic, and refreshingly honest. I loved it and the audiobook is read by the author!"

Gus Buchanan (History Teacher & Bee Keeper) - "I'm reading Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive by Mark L. Winston to prepare for Beekeeping this spring.  It describes the history and current struggles faced by beekeepers. I pick up my bees on May 9 and I will record the installation ... stay tuned!"

Laura Abrams (Admissions Associate) - "Lovestar by Andri Snaer Magnason (translated from Icelandic by Victoria Cribb) is a fun and quick read for teens and adults. The story takes a gloomy look into the future, where humans can pay off debts by being programmed to shout advertisements, and soulmates are determined by scientific calculations. While LoveStar could be called a love story, it’s also a quirky fairy-tale, a criticism of technology, and is packed with humor and satire. If you like Vonnegut, Douglass Adams, or Black Mirror, you will enjoy this book."

Topics: Motivation, academics, community