My bookshelf is comprised of voices from diverse backgrounds, traditions, and topics ranging from Indigenous knowledge, to the existential and philosophical musings on death and dying, to worlds populated by warlocks and vampires.

I read diversely to expand my capacity to relate, because as Frederick Buechner says, “the story of any one of us is in some measure the story of us all.” Storytelling and knowledge-sharing are deeply human; our very lives, narrative in nature.

Reading and teaching are ways I engage with the practice of cultivating curiosity for new perspectives. My relationship to reading and teaching is reciprocal: the subjectivity I encounter in books directly impacts the way I teach, and my experiences in the classroom continually drum up new reading material.

Notable Reads September 2017 to present:

  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
  • Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World by Anthony Doerr
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
  • The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
  • The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
  • My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher

I invite you to comment, especially with your recommendations.