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Paging All Book Lovers: Reading with Ronnie

With Memorial Day weekend already upon us, it’s time to think about books to read as the sun shines.

UPrep’s head of school shares her summer reading list with us

As many of you know, I love to read. As an Army brat who often traveled from country to country, books were my constant companions. Many of you have asked me to share my summer reading list, so here it is. These are the books I hope to get through this summer. Two of these books are authored or co-authored by UPrep parents.* One novel by Thomas Hardy is a reread for me. Hardy is my favorite author and I reread one of his books every summer. Please enjoy one, two, or all of them with me. (Book descriptions below are from Amazon.)

Girls with Bright Futures: A College Admissions Thriller by Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman (UPrep parent)

College admissions season at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Academy is marked by glowing acceptances from top-tier institutions and students as impressive as their parents are ambitious. But when Stanford alerts the school it’s allotting only one spot to EBA for their incoming class, three mothers discover the competition is more cutthroat than they could have imagined.

How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana

This profoundly moving memoir is the remarkable and inspiring true story of Sandra Uwiringiyimana, a girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who tells the tale of how she survived a massacre, immigrated to America, and overcame her trauma through art and activism.

Daylight Forever: A Memoir by Mahvash Khajavi-Harvey (UPrep parent)

The true story of a young Bahá’í girl’s dangerous, solo escape from Iran to the United States as a 15-year-old refugee. This memoir is a story of hope and resilience, tolerance and acceptance. Mahvash illustrates our shared human destiny through the power of community and compassion. Her “happy ending” of becoming a successful businesswoman in the United States is inspiring. 

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

The Mayor of Casterbridge claims a unique place among Thomas Hardy's finest and most powerful novels. Rooted in an actual case of wife-selling in early nineteenth-century England, this awesome drama of guilt and revenge introduces listeners to one of the greatest tragic heroes in fiction history.

Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict by Donna Hicks, PhD

The desire for dignity is universal and powerful. It is a motivating force behind all human interaction—in families, in communities, in the business world, and in relationships at the international level. When dignity is violated, the response is likely to involve aggression, even violence, hatred, and vengeance. On the other hand, when people treat one another with dignity, they become more connected and are able to create more meaningful relationships.

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

Every day we make choices—about what to buy or eat, about financial investments or our children’s health and education, even about the causes we champion or the planet itself. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. Nudge is about how we make these choices and how we can make better ones. 

Radical Candor by Kim Scott

Radical candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to care personally at the same time that you challenge directly. When you challenge without caring, it’s obnoxious aggression; when you care without challenging, it’s ruinous empathy. When you do neither, it’s manipulative insincerity.

By Head of School Ronnie Codrington-Cazeau

*Did you know the UPrep Library collects and catalogs books published by authors and illustrators with a University Prep connection? We have books created by classes—French, Physics, intensives, and others, and poetry, nonfiction, fiction, picture books, cookbooks, etc. by UPrep students, faculty, staff, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, and guardians. Also, please help us make sure our UPrep Community Collection is growing: we appreciate title alerts!

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