Marcus Campbell’s Best Reads of 2016

marcus-campbellMy name is Marcus Campbell.  I am the Assistant Superintendent and Principal at Evanston Township High School.  I have been at ETHS for 15 years and started my career there teaching English.  I love to read and enjoy the food scene.

1)  The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Dubois (1903)

I always read something each year from the list of canonical black texts.  I find these readings informative in that many of these texts written long ago are still applicable today.

 

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Lisa Harries’ Best Reads of 2014

harriesMy name is Lisa Harries.  I have lived in Evanston all my life.  I moved into the city for a bit during my 20s, but returned when my daughter became school-aged. I have been a teacher for 19 wonderful years and currently teach 2nd graders at Dewey Elementary School. I love to sleep, shop, read, eat, talk with friends, do jigsaw puzzles, run, and bowl. I try to find something to smile about everyday, usually my teenage daughter and my students help me accomplish that goal. I hope that you find some wonderful books to enjoy during this next year. Happy reading!

1) The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau (2000)

I re-read this book every year to my students because I love it so much. It is about generosity and community. It teachers students how good it feels to give to others and how giving just a little bit of yourself to someone else can help foster a sense of community. It also has BEAUTIFUL illustrations that students enjoy.

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Andalib Khelghati’s Best Reads of 2014

mr khelghatiMy name is Andalib Khelghati.  I was born in West Africa and grew up in a home where we spoke French, English and Farsi.  I work at Dewey Elementary school and am proud of all our Dewey Tigers.  My favorite hobby is learning about new places, languages and traveling.  I believe reading is a powerful tool for unlocking life’s hidden secrets.

1) Command Authority by Tom Clancy (2013)

This fast-paced thriller brings together action and politics for a novel that is a true page turner.  This book is a must-read for anyone looking to get completely engrossed in classic Clancy.

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Three Cups of Tea in the Military

Three Cups of Tea has been much sought after as a book club selection here in the United States, but who knew it had become “required reading” for senior leaders of our armed forces? The New York Times has an interesting article about the popularity of Greg Mortenson’s book among the American military community in Afghanistan and elsewhere.