What We're Reading Now

Trinity Administrators Share What Books They're Loving Right Now
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School administrators are natural life-long learners. And they've usually got a book (or five!) on their nightstand or e-reader. Here's what an assortment of administrators across Trinity is reading right now.

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Student Life Coordinator Andrea MacKenzie is reading

Fighting Forward 
by Hannah Brencher

Brencher uses her own story to inspire others. At 22, she started writing letters and leaving them in places all around New York to cope with her depression. This sparked a global organization called More Love Letters, leading to a TED talk, two books, a weekly blog, and teaching writing workshops. I love Hannah and her writing because she writes to inspire others. She writes with a passion for people, especially women, to be seen, heard, and loved. She writes out of vulnerability, compassion, and truth. In her most recent book, Fighting Forward, she writes about staying in the fight, the fight to show up every day, the fight to persevere, the fight to believe that we can change the world and for the better. We must choose hope over the lies that we aren't good enough or aren't doing enough and apply grace like sunscreen. If you're like me, you like relating to the books you read. You like to see yourself in the story. You want to be inspired to change and grow. This book offers an authentic, relatable journey to fighting forward.

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Chief Marketing Officer Kerri Qunell is reading

Broken (in the Best Possible Way)
by Jenny Lawson

Lawson, a.k.a. "The Bloggess," uses sincerity and vulnerability to remind us that, yes, we're all struggling, yes, we're all awkward, and yes, we all need to look back and find the humor in those moments. Her self-deprecating take on mental health delivers big laughs and even bigger truths.

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Chief Development Officer Kristi Katz is reading

Letters Behind Bars
by Cinnamin Herring

One of my closest childhood friends wrote this book after her son became addicted to opioids and ended up in the federal prison system. It is a moving, honest look at our approach to incarceration in this country and an examination of personal boundaries with your child, yourself, and your ghosts. It is especially poignant for me because I know Cinnamin's life story, and of course, I layer that into my reading experience. It is honest and an easy read. If you are a parent, your heart will ache. You will understand the depth of her pain and love. If you haven't been a parent, you may better understand the angst of your parent loving their children.

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Chaplain The Rev. Ken Malcolm is reading

The Fire is Upon Us
by Nicholas Buccola

Meticulously researched and elegantly written history on the relationship between the two men who shaped the debate over race. Centers on the Oxford Debates. You get to know the two towers of liberal and conservative thinking throughout their public lives, especially in the 1950s and 60s. It is engaging and relevant today. I'm also reading Trouble I've Seen by Drew G. I. Hart. It's about Christianity and racism through the eyes of a black theologian and pastor. Christina Cleveland wrote the introduction. It is one of the best books I have read on race and the Christian faith.

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Director of HR and Operations Martha Monreal is reading

Atlas of the Heart 
by Brené Brown

I love listening to or reading anything by Brené Brown. She is entirely relatable, funny, compassionate, and sometimes hard on herself. But then she forgives herself and reminds us all to do the same. Brown has a way of getting us "through the hard stuff" with humor and grace.

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Director of Admission Polly Williams is reading

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
by Isabel Wilkerson

I meant to read this book for some time and am almost finished with it. It provides an interesting perspective on the entrenchment of societal conditioning. It does not, so far, make suggestions on how to move against entrenched norms. I'm also reading The Silent Patient, a psychological thriller by Alex Michaelides. Who doesn't like to read about crazy behavior, and what motivates one to act in such a way?

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Lower School Librarian Ginny Druart is reading

The Madness of Crowds
by Louise Penny

I'm currently obsessed with the Inspector Gamache series by Lousie Penny. I'm not typically a lover of mysteries, but Penny creates multifaceted and interesting characters that I fell in love with. These stories are set in a small town southeast of Montreal, Canada, and it is fascinating to learn about French Canada. You will like these books if you love well-developed characters, beautiful lyrical writing, and intersecting plotlines. Also, there are 17 books in the series, so it's a deep well.

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Assistant to the Head of School Mitzi Easley is reading

The Stories Behind the Stories 
by Danielle Higley & Stephanie Miles

I'm fascinated by writers and their inspirations and practices. Honestly, I bought it for my 1st-grade-teacher daughter for Valentine's Day, and I'm quickly reading before I wrap. It's all the stories you know – The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Charlotte's Web, Winnie the Pooh, Goodnight Moon – so it's warm and fuzzy. Also, the illustrations are beautiful! I'm also reading The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict, a novel about J. P. Morgan's librarian, Belle da Costa Greene. A Black American woman, she was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white to build the Pierpont Morgan Library collection in New York City in 1905. This book is considered historical fiction, but she was a fascinating woman, and I enjoyed her perspective.

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Trinity Episcopal School is an inclusive, forward-thinking, faith-based PK-8 school in Austin, Texas. Trinity meets each student where they are to nurture the whole child’s academic, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual growth. The school was founded in 1999 with an inaugural class of 13 first graders. Trinity now has more than 625 students, more than 150 faculty and staff, and six buildings on a 21-acre campus. Trinity Episcopal School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest and the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools.