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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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Amber Chance’s Books

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Amber Chance – Accounting Manager Rachel’s Holiday – Marion Keyes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson Captivating – John and Staci Eldredge 11/22/63 – Stephen King If you asked me in high school if I liked books, my response would’ve been a strong no. It was work, and I didn’t want to add any work to my schedule. Now I’m wishing I would’ve read more. I often find myself reading two or three books at a time. I always have an audiobook for the car and an ebook or hardcopy for home. Sometimes, I throw in an extra audiobook for home. Reading is an escape and a form of relaxation for me. Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes is my all-time favorite book. It’s an easy, fun read, but delves into the inner workings of addiction. Although I’ve not experienced the addiction of the main character, I felt I could relate to the feelings she was having. Captivating is another book that got to my soul and made me, as a woman, examine my relationships. It spoke to me at a time that I needed guidance. Before I had my daughter, I had just started getting into audiobooks….

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Sylvia Fleck’s Books

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Sylvia Fleck – Director of Physical Education Spark – John J. Ratey M.D SPARK, THE REVOLUTIONARY NEW SCIENCE OF EXERCISE AND THE BRAIN Is it possible that aerobic exercise could help produce new brain-cell growth? Is it possible that aerobic exercise could lead to the best defense against mood disorders to ADHD, to addictions, to Alzheimer’s? Is there evidence that “getting your heart and lungs pumping” can mean the difference between a calm, focused mind and a harried, inattentive self? These are the questions addressed and answered in the book, Spark. There is claim that exercise prepares your brain to learn. This book describes the science behind how the mind and body connect. It also describes new evidence to support daily aerobic exercise to positive emotional, physical, and social health improvements.

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