Whether we’re in a hammock, on a boat, in a beach chair, or on the back porch swing, a book is often our summertime companion. Summer is the time to catch up on literary treasures and, of course, our guilty reading pleasures.
Teachers and school staff especially relish time to read books that are not job related. We asked the faculty and staff at Westtown School for some of their favorites.
Here’s what they said:
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf - Fiction
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd - Fiction
The Invention of Wings is a powerful and sweeping historical novel. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household.
Lynn Clements - Lower School Library Media Specialist
Mountain Story: A Novel by Lori Lansen - Fiction
Tearson Morrison - Admissions
The Children Return: Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker - Fiction
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson - Fiction
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett - Fiction
The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx - Fiction
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay - Fiction
Nothing Daunted by Dorothy Wickenden - Biography
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo - House & Home/Self Improvement
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan - Memoir
And finally, my own recommendation is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This wartime novel wrestles with morality, survival, and love. This is an ingeniously told, intricately rendered story about a blind girl, her locksmith father, and a young soldier. The prose is beautiful and affecting - have your tissues ready!
Is your next book on this list? What books would you recommend? Enjoy these last days of summer and happy reading!