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Book Recommendations from the Visi Community
Elisabeth Wraase

If you're looking to add to your TBR (to-be-read!) pile during this time, look no further! Alumnae, faculty, and staff have shared their recommendations for the books you can pick up to reduce your screen fatigue:

  • From Director of Communications Caroline Coleman Handorf '96: "As usual, I continue to devour mysteries. I enjoy Louise Penny's series set in Quebec with Armand Gamache as the protagonist. The first one is called Still Life. Well written, emotionally complex characters. I also read The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, which was about a family that moves to Alaska - what is more dangerous - the wild outside or the wild within? ... As always, more books than I can reasonably tackle."
  • From the Alumnae Diversity & Inclusion Committee:
    • Gilbert King, Devil in the Grove
    • Brother Mickey McGrath, OSFS, A Holy Mosaic: Love, Diversity, and the Family
    • Nancy Pelosi, Knowing Your Power: A Message to America’s Daughters
    • Olympia Snowe, Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress
    • Laudato si’ by Pope Francis
  • From Math Department Chair Kati Hylden Krueger '99: "St. Francis de Sales by St. Jane de Chantal and translated by Elisabeth Stopp. It is St. Jane's testimonial about St. Francis during his first canonization inquiry. It is a comfortable read while being inspiring, both to St. Francis' life and the love that emanates from St. Jane's words. Another recommendation is The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy. It is a fun tale, with mystery and strategy that gives several surprises, and it bears witness to the human spirit triumphing amidst miserable circumstances."
  • From Monastery Business Manager Mary Smith Siegel '70: "I liked The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. I listened to it and Tom Hanks was the reader - I was addicted to listening to it. I liked the family relationships and it was a good read."
  • From English teacher Peggy Judge Hamilton '85: "I'm reading Stephen King's collection of novellas Different Seasons. I've never read it and was reading a review of a new collection of novellas he has just published, and it mentioned this early collection as including the stories that inspired the films Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me. So I thought--I want to read that! I'm going to read the new collection--If It Bleeds--next. I'm a huge fan of King's short stories and his memoir On Writing."  
  • From English teacher Anna Royal: "The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel: finished this book in only a few days, it's that good. In this novel, Mandel explores the in-between spaces of life, both physical (the ocean, a hotel) and moral (the spaces between right and wrong: drug addiction, Ponzi schemes). We follow several characters from the remote north of Vancouver Island to the Gatsby-esque world of New York City's 'kingdom of the rich' to the life inside an international container ship to the 'counterlife' of our imaginations and memories--and even ghosts. Mandel writes an intelligent, sophisticated, fast paced novel--this is fiction writing at its highest form. And, to top it all of, it would make a great Netflix series, but binge on the book first!"