Summer Reading for Grown-ups: 2018 Edition

Wednesday, May 30, 2018


If you’re like most Heathwood parents, you’ve probably already given some thought to your children’s summer reading … but what about yours? If you haven’t had time to browse for a new stack of great books, no worries—we’ve done it for you.

We surveyed Heathwood faculty and staff what they’ve read and loved recently or what they’re looking forward to reading this summer. Here, in the order in which they were received, are their recommendations. Because parents deserve a great summer reading list too!


Raven Tarpley. School Chaplain

The Neapolitan Novels is a 4-part series by the Italian novelist Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein and published by Europa Editions (New York). They include the texts: My Brilliant Friend (2012), The Story of a New Name (2013), Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (2014), and The Story of the Lost Child (2015). The series has been characterized as a bildungsroman, or coming-of-age story.[1] In an interview for the Harper's Magazine, Elena Ferrante stated that she considers the four books to be "a single novel", published serially for reasons of length and duration.[2]

The series follows the lives of two perceptive and intelligent girls, Elena (sometimes called “Lenù”) Greco and Raffaella (“Lila”) Cerullo, from childhood to adulthood as they try to create lives for themselves amidst the violent and stultifying culture of their home– a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, Italy.[3] The novels are narrated by Elena Greco.



Emily Hodges, 8th Grade English Teacher

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr



Andrew Richardson, Soccer Coach and Sports Information Diretcor

Above The Line - Urban Meyer, with Wayne Coffey

Born A Crime - Trevor Noah

Mindset - Carol S. Dweck



Jay Spearman, Strength and Conditioning Coach

1. Mindset (Carol Dweck)

2. Unqualified (Steven Furtick)

3. Through The Eyes of A Lion (Levi Lusko)

4. Radical (David Platt)

5. #Struggles (Craig Groeschel)

6. Altar Ego (Craig Groeschel) 

7. Divine Direction (Craig Groeschel)



Sara Burrows, Upper School History Teacher

Right now, I'm reading Jon Meacham's The Soul of America. 



Mary Beth Fry—Director of College Counseling

These are what are queued up in my Kindle:

I'll Be Gone in the Dark, Michelle McNamara

A Widow's Story, Joyce Carol Oates

Educated:  A Memoir, Tara Westover

Theft by Finding:  Diaries, David Sedaris



Stan Wood—PEAK Director

All the Light We Cannot See is the best book I’ve read in a long time. The Last Picture Show is an oldie but goodie, and anything by William Kent Kruger and Craig Johnson. 



Robert Ellington—8th Grade Science Teacher

"Reading a good book is like taking a journey."  - Emma Gulliford

I love to read, and I like to have several books, from a variety of genres, going at one time.  

Currently, I'm reading "Washington's Crossing", by David Fischer,

"Uncommon", by Tony Dungy, 

"A Word For Love", by Emily Robbins,  "A Girl Like That", by Tanaz Bhathena, and

"El Deafo", by Cece Bell.


The Richland County Public Library has a neat initiative going on called Broaden Your Reading Horizons.  Here is the link to it:


BTW, "The Lost Letter" by Jillian Cantor was very good.  A terrific book for readers who enjoy historical (especially World War II) fiction.


P.S.:  I'm also reading "The Narrow Path To The Deep North", by Richard Flanagan.  Pretty good so far!



Kim Bain—3rd Grade Lead Teacher

 This summer I’m reading:The Kremlin Conspiracy by JoelRosenberg ( actually, all his books are a great read), Uncommon Type some stories by Tom Hanks ( that’s right, the actor can write!) , Devil in the White City by Erik Larson,To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon, DearBob and Sue : one couples journey through the national parks, by Matt and Karen Smith , Origin by Dan Brown just for starters.



Cate Guimaraes—Upper School Math Teacher

Well on my list for Book Club for June & July are: The Elegance of the Hedgehog, which I know nothing about but the title has me intrigued, and The Handmaid's Tale, which I cannot wait to read after seeing the previews of the series on Hulu. Additionally, on my personal list is The Goldfinch, which everyone has raved about but is far too long to read during the school year. Fingers crossed I can get through them all!



Lynda Lovelace--AAC Tutor

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts is a great , easy read... Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza is a good book too but very serious and intense. It’s a true story about the Rawandan Holocaust told by a survivor.