The Clocktower Collection

Flintridge Prep is a thriving community of readers, both in and out of the classroom. The Clocktower Collection is a student-recommended list showing the various interests and great reads from all corners of the Prep campus. Here is a taste of what they’ve been reading lately, and what they think you might enjoy, too. 

This list is periodically updated based on student interest. All students and clubs are encouraged to share books with Dr. Tyke O’Brien, English Department Chair.

Ms. Cooper was very taken with this one recently:

Donna Gephart, Lily and Dunkin

Mrs. Pattinelli recommends to all on and off the soccer field or in or out of the pool to read:

Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

Dr. Morgan was enchanted by this modern take on a classical epic:

Feminism is for Everybody, bell hooks

Dr. Morgan was enchanted by this modern take on a classical epic:

Madeline Miller, Song of Achilles

Hannah Pitney is a big fan of this page-turner:

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan.

Ms. McDonnell is always surrounded by thousands of books, but these three stood out to her recently:

Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens

Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng

The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah

Kendal Kully dove deeply into this recent work of fiction, and thinks you should too:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus.

Ms. Lee is a great lover of books, and has been reading widely lately. She thinks you should give these a go:

Madeline Miller, Circe.

Rebecca Makkai, The Great Believers.

Susan Orlean, The Library Book.

Dr. Williams strongly suggests this for those of you who aren’t afraid of the dark:

Michael Farber, Under the Skin.

Mr. Perlman wants to offer up this positive look into what goes on behind the scenes of some government operations:

Michael Lewis, The Fifth Risk.

Ms. Malmberg loved this read she describes as “completely enjoyable”:

Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow.

And she highly recommends this “lifestyle of a novel” too:

Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy.

Mark Salzman was utterly fascinated by this New York Times bestselling study of human behavior:

Robert Sapolsky, Behave: The Biology of Humans at our Best and Worst. 2017.

Dr. O'Brien spent her break in a cozy wooded cabin (well, imaginatively speaking) with this one:

Jennifer M. Volland and Bruce Grenville, Cabin Fever. 2018.

Dr. O'Brien reread this much-loved writer's work recently and wants to share:

Robert Walser, Berlin Stories (published 2012, but written in the early 1900s).

Mr. Ishii offers this compelling suggestion to us, combining his love of math with reading:

Jordan Ellenberg, How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking.

Reid Fritz was deeply moved by this novel:

Diane Ackerman, The Zookeeper's Wife. 2007.

Anya Rose recommends this light read for everyone:

Paula Yoo, Good Enough. 2012.

Lauren Ginn was riveted by this true crime classic:

Truman Capote, In Cold Blood. 1966.

Lara Friedman was intrigued by this one:

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. 2013.

Stiles White was a big fan of this late 60s classic:

Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five. 1969.

Sinclaire Ledahl recommends you press pause on The Notebook and take a look instead at:

Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor and Park. 2013.

Dr. Van Arsdall found this gem over the summer:

David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. 2017.

This one is one of Ms. Cooper’s recent favorites:

Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X. 2018.

Colin Ng was informed and inspired by:

Angela Duckworth, Grit. 2016.

Chase Sullivan got so much from this brilliant book:

Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye. 1970.

Recommended by the Book Club:

Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings. 2014

Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees. 2001.

Emily M. Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post. 2012.

The Spectrum Club thought this book was amazingly good:

Kim van Alkemade, Orphan #8. 2015.

Catherine Zheng loved:

Paul Kalanathi, When Breath Becomes Air. 2016.

Conrad Oakes thinks you should consider:

Mark Danielewski, House of Leaves. 2000.

Ada Palmer, Too Like the Lightning. 2016. Book 1 of 4 in the Terra Ignota series.

The Stock Market Club enjoyed this vintage gem:

Benjamin Graham, The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham. 1949.

Girl Up Club would like to recommend:

Mark Zusak, The Book Thief. 2005.

The Black Student Union was taken by:

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me. 2015.

These books made The Yell laugh a lot (submitted by Izzy Wachtel and Roland Martin):

David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day. 2000.

Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five. 1969.

Georgia Yamamoto loved this creepy read:

Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle. 1962.

Alyssa Christopoulos enjoyed reading more than usual with this one:

Ernest Cline, Ready Player One. 2011.

Ryan Huntley wants you to think about reading this new classic:

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers. 2008.

Alyssa Christopoulos also loved it, adding:

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers. 2008.

And this book is so popular that Sofia Echavarria ALSO recommends it:

Emily M. Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post. 2012.

Miranda Zhang recommends:

Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You. 2014.

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