Red Books for Winter Break!

It’s nearly Winter Break, and that means you’ll soon have time to relax with a book.  Choose one that’s….RED! Just for fun, we’ve assembled a quirky assortment of these brightly colored titles.

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Red Fiction: Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes is a quirky, non-traditional novel about love.  The Word Exchange, by Alena Graedon, offers an eerie, dystopian take on a world where words are disappearing in favor of memes.

Red History & Politics:  The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914, by Christopher Clark. If you’re intrigued by the causes of the 1st World War, this is a richly detailed read.  Dear Leader:  My Escape from North Korea, by Jang Jin-Sung, tells the author’s story of his time as the poet to Kim Jong-Il, propping up the leader’s ego, and forming a member of his inner circle.  A series of events, from a forbidden volume of poetry to his increasing disgust with the gap between the haves and have nots caused him to flee for his life.  It’s a jarring story, and one that may appeal to readers of Catlin Gabel speaker Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son.

–Sue

Winter Break Blizzard of Books

There’s a light dusting of snow on the ground, and in less than two weeks, we’ll all be on Winter Break.  What a perfect time to check out some books to enjoy.  NOT SURE IF WE HAVE A TITLE?  Click to check the catalog (http://catalog.catlin.edu).

Here are our recommendations:

Be Who You Are

Be Who You Are

New Arrivals

New Arrivals

Prep School Literature

Prep School Literature

Secret Knowledge

Secret Knowledge

New Arrivals
Some great new fiction includes The Innocents, by Francesca Segal, and Longbourn, Jo Baker’s below-stairs version of Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.  Two newer history-themed graphic novels we’ve added are Genius, about Albert Einstein and, um, Ted, a physicist, by Seagle and Kristiansen.  March:  Book One is about the March on Washington, and is by Congressman John Lewis, Aydin and Powell.  Doris Kearns Goodwin has a new one out.  If you liked Team of Rivals, you might love The Bully Pulpit, which deals with presidents Taft and Roosevelt.  Sabato’s new book The Kennedy Half Century will appeal to Kennedy fans.  On the lighter side, how about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, or Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell?

World War II Fiction
City of Women by David Gillham and Atonement by Ian McEwan are two wrenching tales about the effects of war.  Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 is a classic, and you might enjoy Suite Francaise, which was pieced together by the notes left by Jewish Ukrainian writer Irene Nemirovsky after she was swept up in the Nazi occupation of France in the 2nd World War.  On the home front, in Wales at least, Peter Ho Davies’ novel, The Welsh Girl, is one I’d personally recommend for a rural glimpse of German POW’s in a small community.

Prep School Lit
Tobias Wolff’s Old School is a fine new classic, and you may enjoy Reconstructing Amelia, about the questions raised by the death of a teen at a private school.  Prep, by Sittenfeld is a guilty pleasure.

This is Your Brain on Books
Try the Compass of Pleasure, by David Linden, which arguably has the most eye-catching subtitle I’ve seen for a book.  To improve your memory, Moonwalking with Einstein, by Joshua Foer.  Medina’s Brain Rules may help you organize your life at school and home.  What do you notice, and what do you overlook?  Read The Invisible Gorilla by Chabris and Simons, and be surprised.  Check out this video by Simons to get the general idea:

Come see us before the end of the day on Thursday, December 19th to check out an armload of good reading.

-Sue and Dennis

Winter Break Arrives!

Winter Break Arrives!

Students stayed late to decorate the Upper School campus with sparkly lights. Magic!

Winter Break has arrived, and today’s 2pm assembly will include student performances and all sorts of festivities before Lark makes her long-awaited announcement that Break has begun!

We’ll be open until 4pm today, and we have loads of good books that want to be taken on vacation.  

Have you checked out the CatlinSpeak staff’s latest vlog?  They’ve got their own, special version of a holiday classic:

Last night, a group of students stayed late to decorate the whole upper school campus with sparkling strings of lights, creating a very festive and beautiful sight for us all this morning.  Thank you!

Have a restful break.

–Sue

Take Me With You: Books for Winter Break

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With less than two weeks to go before the big vacation, it’s time to gather up some good reading to enjoy during those gaps between visiting relatives, sleeping in, and, for the lucky ones among you, lazing about in warm sunshine.

All Things Tolkien:  Have you encountered the fictional world created by 20th century author JRR Tolkien?  This Oxford professor and language creator built enormously rich worlds peopled with orcs, wizards, hobbits, elves, and humans.  The Tolkien Society provides a biography if you’d like to learn more.

In a few weeks, the new film version of the Hobbit will be released.  Why not read some of the books before the movie comes out, and become a knowledgeable critic?

What’s new on the bookshelf? Click the titles below for reviews from GoodReads!

If you like an old, snarky classic, David Sedaris’s Holidays on Ice will make you laugh.

Come by soon, as we close for Winter Break on Friday, Dec. 14th at 4pm.  Have a restful break!

–Sue

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