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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Mary Zajac’s Books

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Mary Zajac – Science Teacher The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd Walker of Time – Helen Hughes Vick Peace Like a River – Leif Enger Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte Listen – Stephanie Tolan Killing Jesus – Bill O’Reilly The Man Who Listens to Horses – Monty Roberts Seabiscuit – Laura Hillenbrand Walker of Time by Helen Hughes Vick This Middle School adventure incorporates archaeology and the idea of time travel. I know everyone has wondered what it would have been like if you had lived in another era. Helen Hughes Vick captures the history and the Native American culture in this fast-paced reading. This is the first book in a trilogy centered around pre-Columbian Southwest North America. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd I remember how angry I was reading the book when the racism was being described. Family life can be difficult but having someone you trust can make anything manageable. Listen by Stephanie Tolan If you love dogs you will enjoy this read. There is a special relationship between dogs and humans. What if you have a dog that has been abused by humans? Can trust ever be developed? Find out…

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Doug Allen’s Books

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Doug Allen – Director of Development & Alumni Relations The Fever – Wallace Shawn Anathem – Neal Stephenson The Annotated Alice – Lewis Carroll Momo – Michael Ende The Republic – Plato Dune – Frank Herbert The Art of Learning – Josh Waitzkin The Fever by Wallace Shawn: This short story is written from the perspective of a traveler who has fallen ill in a foreign country. It is the sometimes disoriented and sometimes terribly lucid stream of consciousness of someone who feels unmoored from the familiar comforts of home and is confronting the moral horror that his comfortable life (and all our lives) depends on the exploitation and misery of other people. Very short, but very powerful. Here is a review of a performance of the play that gives a little more background. Anathem by Neil Stephenson: In addition to being a vast science fiction epic in a fully formed parallel world to ours, Anathem is combination of several genres: 1) sheltered monks have adventures in the secular world, and find that their training is unusually helpful in certain situations, 2) a philosophical meditation on the repercussions of quantum theory’s many-worlds hypothesis, and 3) an anthropological reflection on the difference between the mass-culture…

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Kathryn Lerch’s Books

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Kathryn Lerch – History Teacher and Legacy Initiative Coordinator If You Survive – George Wilson Iron Coffins – Commander Herbert A. Werner Sixpence House – Paul Collins Little America – Rajiv Chandrasekaran The Collapse – Mary Elise Sarotte Assignment to Hell – Timothy M. Gay I have always been fascinated with historical events or artifacts, thus much is logical about my short list of recommended books. It was very difficult to narrow this down, but thanks to some of my current students in Military History, a selection of books were ranked and the “final cut” determined. Typically I am reading two or three books at one time, but if one in particular grabs my attention—everything may be put aside so that I can read that book from start to finish. One example would be Rick Atkinson’s history, An Army at Dawn, which was the first in his invasion trilogy for WWII (2002). Having received the 700+ page book for Christmas, and having a week to spend in the mountains, I read from morning until night for five days. I could not put the book down, and since then have read his successor volumes. I hope that one or more of…

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