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Quarantine Reading Recommendations

Thea Dodds
It feels like coronavirus and stay-at-home orders have changed virtually everything in life.  But one thing that hasn’t changed is the power of a good book.  We asked the community what they are reading to deal with a world that feels kind of upside down.
Below are some reading recommendations from Holderness faculty and staff. BONUS - if you order any of these books through, Amazon will donate .5% to the Holderness Fund

Jordan Graham, History Department Chair, has a book that came from Academic Dean Peter Durnan that is now one of his favorite books of all time: Life and Death are Wearing me Out by Mo Yan.

Jini Sparkman, English Faculty and Director of Equity and Inclusion, is a big book fan and worked hard to limit her recommendations to:

With the fiscal year ending June 30th, Kelly Van Lingen, Assistant Director of the Holderness Fund, just started The Huntress by Kate Quinn and recently finished:

Erin Morales, Associate Director of International Admission, is enjoying the low commitment level of short stories right now and thinks John Muir's adventures can be a great way to #dreamnowadventurelater.

Leigh Anne Connors, Mathematics Faculty, uses reading to escape the Zoom calls and screentime! She recommends:

Marylena Sevigney, Visual Arts Faculty, has been reading Becoming by Michelle Obama and just started listening to How to do Nothing by Jenny Odell.

School Counselor Carol Dopp listens to audiobooks during most of her downtime.  Here are a few of her latest ones:

Dr. John Donovan, Mathematics Faulty, finds good fiction audiobooks relieve stress and takes him to another world.  Here are a few of his latest: 

When he’s not advising students on how to select a college, Bruce Barton, Director of College Counseling, is reading This is Happiness by Niall Williams

Mandarin Faculty Jiabao Mei is learning about the 50 most important myths in half a minute in 30-Second Mythology by Robert Segal. She is also reading 1984 by George Orwell.

And if 1984 doesn’t phase you, Head Athletic Trainer Nick Laurence is re-reading The Plague by Albert Camus.

School Chaplain Rev. Josh Hill is reading The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman, Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, and Anglican Theological Review, of course.

Our Nurse, Emily MacLaury ‘96, is enjoying The Tennis Partner by Abraham Vergese and she seconds Jini Sparkman’s recommendation for Untamed by Glennon Doyle.

Math Department Chair, Elizabeth Wolf, is surrounding herself with books including:

When Tim Platt, Advancement Database Manager, isn’t tracking the Holderness Fund, he is reading Persuasion by Jane Austen.  

Do you have a book to recommend?  We are taking ideas for this summer’s All-School Read.  Please submit your ideas to Peter Durnan.  Happy reading.

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