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Book Recommendations: The Librarian Is In

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Looking to curl up with a book? From a beautifully structured immigration tale to a book espousing new learning techniques, here’s what the School of Education faculty has on their night stands.

Brought to us by the Mortola and Birnbaum libraries, "The Librarian Is In" seeks to answer the age-old question—what should I read next? This month, we have a number of guest recommendations from staff and faculty at Pace's School of Education. Here’s what you should be adding to your list!

Americanah—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Recommended by: Xiao-Lei Wang, PhD, Acting Dean, School of Education
A beautifully written exploration of immigration, race, and the consequences of being “out of place,” this book tells the twin stories of Ifemelu and Obinze and their experiences in the US and UK after leaving Nigeria. Their stories show how the inner lives of those who leave their countries are shaped by the political and historical forces. The book helps readers understand both the social realities of immigrants and their inner search for identity, meaning, and connection.

Brain-Based Learning—Eric Jensen
Recommended by: Ruth Guirguis, EdD, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Education
This semester I have looked at different books that could help educators as they take on the task of teaching. One book that has become of interest is Brain-Based Learning by Eric Jensen. This book allows us to look at the way we teach and align it to current neuroscience research. It describes how and why educators should base their teachings on the natural way in which the brain was design to learn. It specifically looks into a new paradigm of teaching where learning and teaching is multidisciplinary. The key concept of the book is for educators to focus on the engagement of key strategies that are based on principles from research on brain development.

Why School? Reclaiming Education for All of Us—Mike Rose
Recommended by: Shobana Musti, PhD; Tom Lynch, EdD; and Tanya Wiggins, EdD, School of Education
As professors teaching core courses in education, we found Mike Rose’s book titled Why School? Reclaiming Education for All of Us to be an excellent read for all teachers, parents, students, or anyone interested in the state of public education in the United States. Without espousing a particular practice or taking sides, Rose touches upon many relevant topics in education and asks the readers to bring their own intelligence, experience, and work in understanding and contributing to the discourse. Some of the topics include a discussion of initiatives such as No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, standards-based education, and technology in education.

Central StationLavie Tidhar
Recommended by: Gerald Ardito, DPS, Assistant Professor, STEM-D Education, School of Education
Central Station is a terrific science fiction novel centered (no pun intended) around a space station near Tel Aviv and is all about borders of all kindsphysical, digital, social, and is beautifully written.

ObjectivityLorraine J. Daston and Peter Galison
Recommended by: Gerald Ardito, DPS, Assistant Professor, STEM-D Education, School of Education 
This book is an amazingly engrossing history of the idea of objectivity, which, shockingly, has not always been with us. 

Additional suggestions from SOE:

  • >> Our recently hosted children’s author Zetta Ellliot just released Mother of the Sea,a historical fiction, combination of Sci-fi and magic, all upon a slave ship. 
  • >> As we struggle across America to keep sacred the guardians of books in schools—with our booklists in hand—salute librarians! Reading While White is a group of librarians who continuously provides enticing titles that feed the mind and supports us all with our difficult conversations.
  • >> Opportunitas readers could benefit from stepping back into those times gone byand even changing "cultural" lanes. Linda Guyette’s recommendations are indeed thought-provoking  titles for teachers across all schoolspublic and private. Jennifer Pankowski’s suggestion, 13 Reasons Why knocks upon all of our doors to just stop and invest time, concern, and the appropriate care for our youth.

Do you have a book you would like the Pace Library to buy? Please send your book recommendation to Michelle Lang