An Independent School • Grades 5-12

Happy coming of summer, everyone! I hope you will have a relaxing, joy-filled time with family and friends. In case you have some spare time, I have a few summer reading suggestions for you. And, please send me your summer reading picks!

I loved the beautifully written, Pulitzer-Prize winning "The Sympathizer" by Viet Thanh Nguyen. It is a story about the end of the Vietnam War and the resettlement in America of many South Vietnamese people.

Michael Lewis's new book, "The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds," is about the many different ways we perceive reality. It is an account of the relationship between two psychologists Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman and their work to reframe how people perceive different events.

Earlier this spring, I read Sarah Bakewell's, "How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer" which is a beautiful book about Montaigne, a man that has always intrigued me. He retired to his family's estate at age 38 and just pondered life and what it means. A perfect book if you are in a philosophical mood or just looking for answers about what really matters.

A favorite from my sabbatical is "When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi, the story of a Lakeside-type student who is diagnosed with cancer while in medical school. It is such a poignant book about life, ambition, setting goals, and relationships.

Another favorite is Krista Tippett's "Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living." Tippett is an NPR reporter who interviews people from around the world about their lives and motivations. I also just finished a second book by her, written earlier, entitled "Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters – and How to Talk About It," which was a helpful commentary on religion in American life.

For more reading suggestions, check out the cover story of the latest Lakeside magazine, "What we're reading (and maybe you should be too)."

I am just finishing Todd Rose's "The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World that Values Sameness" which is a great book about how there is no such thing as average and all that means for the world.

One more very old book you might have missed, "An Interrupted Life: The Diaries of Etty Hillesum, 1941-1943." This is a wonderful book by a young Dutch Jewish woman in Nazi-occupied Holland. It is not an adventure book, but rather one woman's struggle to make sense of life at a crazy time.

For more summer reading suggestions, check out the cover story in Lakeside magazine, "What we're reading (and maybe you should be, too)."