Barbara Garrett, Clinical Director: The Normal One: Life with a Difficult or Damaged Sibling, by Jeanne Safer.
Charlotte Tiencken, Administrative Assistant, Grant Writer: Welcome to Braggsville, by T. Geronimo Jones. It is being turned into a play by Book-It Repertory Theatre (where she used to work). It is a wonderful novel about race, how we perceive ourselves and stereotypes about race and gender.
Deborah Rieschl, Case Manager: Pippi on the Run, by Astrid Lindgren. I always have a Pippi book nearby to read. I’m also reading Oppose and Purpose; Lessons from the Movement for a New Society by Andrew Cornell, Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver, Emma Goldman; Revolution as a way of Life by Vivian Gornick, and Living in Liberation by Cristien Strom.
Greg Thompson, Counselor-Case Manager: The Adventures of Augie March, by Saul Bellow, a classic from the 50’s about some folks kicking around in poverty, using artful, creative ways to exist (some not so great), during the Great Depression.
Julia Akoury-Thiel, Counselor-Case Manager: Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande, a wonderful book on how medicine can, and should, not only improve health, but also improve the process of living and dying at the end of a person’s life. Really worth a read.
Julia Akoury-Thiel and Barbara Garrett: Are both reading “escapist fiction,” mystery novels by: Charles Todd (historical mystery novels, well-researched, engaging and unpredictable) and Victoria Thompson (Gaslight series).
Katherine Steen, Counselor-Case Manager: The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, by Bessel van der Kolk.
Kathleen Barry Johnson, Executive Director: On Tyranny: 20 Lessons from the 20th Century, by Timothy Snyder and Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson. I listen to books on tape constantly so I always have two or more books in the works.
Karen Lomax, Accounting Administrative Assistant: Sister’s Choice, by Emilie Richards, about a woman who is being a surrogate for her sister who can’t have children. The author is trained as a family development therapist and does a great job discussing difficult topics and creating characters with a lot of depth.
Kim Newall, Counselor-Case Manager: The Day the Crayons Quit, by Daywalt and Jeffers; since it takes about 10 minutes to read I have moved on to The Day the Crayons Came home (Kim recommends coloring while reading, but not in the book).
Laura Rollins, Fundraising Administrative Assistant: Rattle, a contemporary bi-monthly poetry journal featuring contemporary poetry and essays across all genres, and The Flight of Gemma Hardy, by Margo Livesey, a light summer read set in Scotland and Iceland.
Lisa Fraser, Counselor-Case Manager: Maud: A Novel, by Melanie J. Fishbane, “a fictional portrait of the teenage years of Anne of Green Gables author L.M. Montgomery.” It stayed true to Montgomery’s journal account of that time period. A poignant read.
Roderick McClain, Human Resources Administrative Assistant: We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I can’t recommend We Should All Be Feminists highly enough- it’s a quick, insightful look into this author’s experiences growing up in Nigeria and later living and working in the US.
Susan Day, Finance and Human Resources Manager: Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, about grass-roots, do-able solutions for climate change. I appreciate having options that might give us hope.