What We’re Reading Sep/Oct 2017

What We're Reading

Asia (Assistant Education Director): I’m reading Ellen DeGeneres’ first book (My Point…And I Do Have One). I picked it up while I was testing a student and I saw it on the shelf. I’m a couple of pages in right now, and it’s just about her early years so far.

Caroline (Cedarhurst Intern): I am currently reading All But My Life by Gerda Weissman Klein. It is a memoir detailing her survival of the Holocaust. I originally read it at the age of 10, when I was learning how the Holocaust had affected my family. As a Jewish girl this book means a lot to me. I decided to re-read it after a memorial where my favorite quote from the book was shared. Gerda W. Klein uses beautiful and poetic language, but only where it is due. She does not lighten the struggles of our people, but she certainly highlights not only the evil within people, but the goodness in times of tragedy. Such contrast and strength are hardly fathomable, but being able to capture it in writing amazes me.

Fiona (Assistant Director): I am reading Anne Tyler’s Digging to America which is a novel about what it means to be American, immigration, adoption, and cultural assimilation. It is the story of two families who meet at the airport as they are waiting for their adoptive daughters who are about to arrive from Korea. I am really enjoying it as it explores how the two families maintain their unlikely friendship over the years. The writing is great – it is not the fastest paced novel but it draws you in and paints a word portrait of each family.

Hayley (Education Director): I’m reading The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, and it’s kind of lighthearted reading. I’ve read some of her books before, and getting absorbed in a story helps me wind down at the end of a busy day. I also found a compilation of the George & Martha stories the other day when a volunteer was sorting a donation in the Book Bank. I took it home to read with my kids because I used to read those stories with my Mom.

Victoria (Book Bank & Operations Director): I just finished Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton, which was excellent. It’s a series of essays about, well, everything –addiction, Lyme disease, parenthood, religion, intimacy, etc. She opens up her whole entire life for the reader with a really distinct voice, and the result is a book that managed to both make me literally laugh out loud multiple times, as well as to be deeply moved by her insights and wisdom. And, because I was sick for about a week, I’m already more than halfway through Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, by Roxane Gay. If you’re unfamiliar, Gay is obese, and the book is about her relationship to her body, which changed drastically when she was brutally raped at age 12. It’s an incredibly vulnerable, powerful memoir.

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