Pace Faculty Suggests Books for Students

What book do you think every Pace Academy student should read before they graduate? A seemingly simple question proved to be exceedingly challenging. With close to 139 million books in print, Upper School faculty and staff members had a particularly difficult time narrowing it down to only one when they were asked the question. College counselor Mrs. Secor said that a question that is often asked on college applications is, “What are the last five books you have read?” Some colleges ask you to list your favorite book. According to Mrs. Secor, schools are not just seeking to determine how intellectual you are. What you read also reveals something about your personality. Here are some recommendations:

Sophomore Sarah Lettes enjoys a book in the library.

1. “Winnie the Pooh” by A.A. Milne — “wisdom everyone needs in an appealing form” — Mr. Carson
2. “The Omnivore’s  Dilemma” by Michael Pollan — “explains where our food comes from in disturbing detail” — Mr. Day
3. “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway — “powerful book about a nurse and an ambulance driver during World War II” — Mrs. Meyring
4. “The World is Flat” by Thomas Friedman — “We are part of a global community and need to start thinking that way.” — Mr. Hall
5. Pace Academy Handbook  — Ms. Stevens
6. “Plato’s Republic” by Plato — “Although it was written long ago, every modern dilemma is explored.” — Mr. Hornor
7. “Beloved” by Toni Morrison — “Why not? Toni Morrison is a genius.” — Mr. McAdoo
8. “The Odyssey” by Homer — “Greco-Roman heritage, the classical heritage, is very important to me. I want students to realize that we wouldn’t be as great as we are without it.” — Dr. Link
9. “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss — “a message that we should all have and know, something that a five-year-old can understand: pay attention to what you are doing to the world.” — Mrs. Secor
10.  “The Razor’s Edge” by W. Somerset Maugham — “It inspired me to travel and think outside the box about career choices.” — Dr. Pearson
11. “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare — “Shakespeare’s most popular, and in some ways, most influential work.” — Dr. Mengert
12. Anything by Plato — “Everything is a footnote to Plato.” — Dr. Brubaker
13. “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo — “The characters can get you in touch with deep human issues like compassion.” — Mr. Matanes
14. “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding — “Great stories about boys who end up on an island and have to fend for themselves…good life stories.” — Mr. Owens
15. The Bible — “There are more allusions made to the Bible than any other book ever written.” — Mr. Canfield

By Elizabeth Roos, Social Media ’14

Photo: Elizabeth Roos

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