Good Reads: CRSM Launches Book Club

In an effort to promote reading for pleasure, as a way to unwind and have thought-provoking conversations with friends and classmates, Principal Mike Odiotti launched a book club, “Book Talk.” Each week at assembly, a student, teacher or staff member shares a book that has made an impact on them and shares with those gathered the recommendation. The hope is that students, faculty and staff will share their good book recommendations and pass on books they couldn’t put down, says Odiotti.

Bottom line: Reading boosts academic scores and promotes CRSM’s literacy efforts.

English teacher Caitlin Murphy recommended the first book. When Breath Becomes Air, the story about Paul Kalanithi, who at age 36, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next a patient struggling to live. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

In the weeks and months ahead, we will post a list of recommended “Good Reads,” including: Hole in My Life, by Jack Gantos, which was the book of the week recommended by teacher Elizabeth Partenach, Academic Assistance Program English.

The hope is that being part of a vibrant book club will make everyone in the CRSM community a better reader.