Sue Taylor’s Books

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Sue Taylor – Science Teacher The Shack – WM. Paul Young Snow Flower and the Secret Fan – Lisa See Same Kind Of Different As Me – Ron Hall & Denver Moore East of Eden – John Steinbeck Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte One Thousand White Women – Jim Fergus I really didn’t love books until I moved to Indianapolis fifteen years ago.  I joined a neighborhood book club mostly for the social interaction and to meet people.  Over the past decade and a half, my friends and I have read some of the most interesting and thought provoking literature on the shelves.  We read all types of books.  Without this club, I doubt I would have ever picked up a piece of historical fiction, let alone a classic like East of Eden or Jane Eyre.  Some books are laugh-out-loud funny and others have made us cry.  It has been such a joy to read these great works and to discuss, condemn, and celebrate them with these ladies that I have grown to love.  Now I look forward to a new title every five or six weeks!  

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Laura Nagle’s Books

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Laura Nagle – French & Spanish Teacher The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton The Good Thief – Hannah Tinti Quiet – Susan Cain Eiffel’s Tower – Jill Jonnes Through the Language Glass – Guy Deutscher I’ve selected two novels that I’m eager to re-read. The House of Mirth is my favorite book by my favorite author, Edith Wharton. Its protagonist, Lily Bart, was raised as a socialite, but due to the loss of her family fortune and her status as a single woman at the turn of the 20th century, she finds herself stranded in New York society. She must find a way to support herself while trying to maintain her ties to the only life she has ever known. The Good Thief, a novel by Hannah Tinti set in 19th-century New England, chronicles the adventures and misfortunes of Ren, a boy rescued from an orphanage by a young man claiming to be his long-lost brother. The two fall in with a band of outlaws and con men, and Ren makes surprising discoveries about the nature of truth and family. The non-fiction books I have selected all have something to do with my professional interests as a world language…

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Karen Pellico’s Books

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Karen Pellico – Media & Technology Integrator The 5th Wave – Rick Yancy The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini The Alexandria Link – Steve Berry Six Months Later – Natalie D. Richards “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! The books that I have chosen to highlight offer a variety of styles and characters.  I tried to choose books that would offer a different appeal, as well as to represent different styles, emotions and experiences.  When I read, I love to read about other places, and learn about locations that either I have visited or want to add to my “Bucket List of Travel.” Through my reading, I always learn so much about history, cultures and people, and to develop a new appreciation and hopefully a better global perspective and understanding.

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Laura Reysz’s Books

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Laura Reysz – Science Teacher A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell Survival of the Sickest – Dr. Sharon Moalem The Hot Zone – Richard Preston A Civil Action – Jonathan Harr I simply can’t remember a time when books weren’t a part of my life. My parents read books to me for hours at a time, and my mother says I began reading when I was three. Of course, that could be a little motherly exaggeration. In any case, I remember trips to the library on a regular basis and finishing class assignments as soon as possible, in order to get back to my stories. Gone With The Wind was the first “adult” book I remember reading – adult because it was the first book I read that contained more than 500 pages. It was summer, I was thirteen, and that book went everywhere with me. I didn’t put it down until I fell asleep. When I finished, I started over. I loved the romanticism and beauty of the South during that time, and Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler are still two of…

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Sarah McDaniels’ Books

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Sarah McDaniels – Latin & Greek Teacher Black Boy – Richard Wright Mythology – Edith Hamilton The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner Light in August – William Faulkner The Aeneid of Virgil – Trans. Allen Mandelbaum The Iliad of Homer – Trans. Richmond Lattimore The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot Plato’s Republic – Trans. G.M.A. Grube Ovid’s Metamorphoses – Trans. A.D. Melville Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte Growing up on a dairy farm in rural Virginia before the days of cable TV and Internet, I often found that reading was my best form of entertainment. After realizing from a very young age that milking cows was not the life for me, I pushed myself to become as widely read as possible and to challenge myself with the few advanced courses my school had to offer. I saw education as my ticket off the farm, and a college scholarship was the only way out. Thanks to a superintendent who was passionate about foreign language, I began taking Latin in eighth grade because I wanted to prove to myself that I could master the most difficult course at my school and—well, I thought it would look good…

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