Staff Development Day, Spring 2008

The Footprints of God, Greg Isles
●Presents a possible future (present?!) involving how our brains and selves are evolving
Alphabet vs the Goddess, Leonard Schlain
●Examines the connection between the use/construction of alphabets and its social effects.
The Yiddish Policeman's Union, Michael Chabon
● a brilliantly written detective novel in an alternative world where Israel doesn't exist, but exiled Jews have made a community in Alaska.
The Power of Now and A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle
● how to live in the present
● applications, evolution leading to change...& enlightenment, who we are; religion and spirituality
The Eight, Katherine Neville
● like the DaVinci code but complex
The Singularity is Near, Ray Kruzwill
● how tool-making changes our spirituality
Halloween Party, Agatha Christie
● oldie but goodie
Justice for All, Jim Newton
● biography of Prosecutor/Governor/Justice Earl Warren; intense and thought-provoking!
Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brien
● relive how they really talked back then!
Mating in Captivity, Ester Perel
● examines through case-studies how long-term relationships can affect your sexual relationship
Away, Amy Bloom
● a compelling migrant story, witty, compelling and compassionate
Match to the Heart, Greta Erlich
● recovery from being struck by lightning, goes to nature to heal
Tenderness of Wolves, Stef Penney
The Glasgow Herald:
"...a highly-assured debut...Stef Penney has written an absorbing and stylish mystery."
The Bookseller of Kabul, Åsne Seierstad
● the Norwegian journalist provides a portrait of a committed Muslim man and his family living in post-Taliban Kabul, Afghanistan.
Big Mouth and Ugly Girl, Joyce Carol Oates
● middle school fiction that received thumbs up from a 12 year old
Family Romance, John Lanchester
● one man's discovery of the lives of his parents and what made them who they were (for example, his mother had been a catholic nun for over 10 years, but she kept it secret from everyone)
  The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan
● examines the food we eat and the framework that supports it's production - be it industrial, organic, sustainable - or some combination of them all.
  Animal, Vegetable...Barbara Kingsolver:
● sustainability, buying local, living that way for a year
  Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson
● how one man attempts to bring peace to Pakistan and Afghanistan, one school at a time.

Attendees: Gilda Feldman, Peggy Kline, Debbie Schwyter, Janice Udell, George Marcopulos, Mario Semere, Wendi Demorst, Denise Cavenner, Ken Geddes, Jackie Lanum, Jim Martin, Peter Morse