Good reads: book recommendations from local teachers

Students aren’t the only ones who have benefited from the summer holidays — having a time to relax and refresh before embarking on a new school year. We know that teachers have enjoyed spending time with families, taking vacations, and reading books that are not related to school or teaching. We asked a few of our local educators what they read over the summer, and here are their recommendations.


Mrs. Wiggins by Mary Monroe

Maggie Franklin, a woman with disreputable parents, realizes she needs to marry someone honest and church-going to get away from her past. Although she has crafted the “perfect” family, the obstacles she faces threaten the life and respect she desires, and she must decide what price she is willing to pay to preserve them.

“I chose to read this book because I wanted to escape and read something interesting and different. Not to analyze literary devices or teachable moments, but for pure pleasure. — Laneta Spivey, Elementary Education Coach at Sunrise-McMillan Elementary School


Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre

Nausea is the first existential novel written by the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre and tells the story of a French writer horrified by his own existence. “Nausea is not in me: I feel it over there in the wall, in the suspenders, everywhere around me. It is one with the coffee; I am the one inside. »

“Jean-Paul Sartre’s philosophical novel gripped me to the depths of myself. Nausea was not only enjoyable to read; it pushed me to action and made me realize that I could live my life as a work of art. —Jerrett Lyday, professor of humanities at IM Terrell Academy


Marry the ketchups by Jennifer Close

Marry the ketchups is a hilarious comedy about three generations of a Chicago family who are connected by their family restaurant, JP Sullivan’s. As the family members grapple with relationships, weird times and romance, how can one be expected to make the right decisions when the world feels wrong – and that JP Sullivan’s bartender makes such strong cocktails?

“This book made me feel like I was running a restaurant instead of a classroom. It was full of complicated family relationships and big meals. This book is the baby that Anthony Bourdain and Ann Patchett should have have.” —Dr. Michelle Hurst, High School Science Coordinator at Mansfield ISD