What We’re Reading – July

We’re a few days late, but the selections are still lit. Check out what we’re reading this month!

Fiona (Assistant Director): I am reading Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, which is a memoir about a woman who is a plant biologist. My preconceptions about the book and the topics it would deal with did not match up, but it’s still interesting. I’m also reading The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, which is written as a case study about how you can structure teams and include conflict in discussions to reach team goals in a professional setting.

Nathaniel (First Niagara Intern): I just finished Room by Emma Donahugh. It’s about a woman who is kidnapped and forced to raise a son in a small room. It’s told through his point of view, because he doesn’t know what’s going on, which distorts the story but also makes it more interesting. It’s really, really good.

Tanya (Education Director): My fluff before I go to bed book is The Painter’s Daughter by Julie Klassen. It’s a Regency style historical romance with secrets and romance set against the threatening English seaside. The other one I’m reading is Overload by Myer. This is a self-help book on learning how to handle stress in a positive way.

Giana (Bristol Asst Site Director): I just started Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Senper. It’s about a girl who is going on vacation with her Mom & Dad after her 8th grade graduation. They said if she got straight As they’d take her anywhere she wanted, and she wants to go to Antarctica. After her Moms goes missing on the trip, the family reads old letters that the Mom wrote and retrace her last steps. I hate sad stories, so it’s going to be interesting.

Keri (Volunteer Coordinator): I just finished Salvage the Bones by Jessamyn Ward. Salvage the Bones centers around one poor family in rural Mississippi during the 12 days leading up to Hurricane Katrina. Life is hard, and the family cares for each other deeply (though not all are able to show it). Ward’s writing is extremely poetic and this memorable book reads like a classic Greek tragedy.

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