It’s the perfect time of year to curl up with a good book – and no one has better reading suggestions than Director of Library Services Paula Clancy. In this week’s 5 Questions 4, Clancy tells us what’s on her current reading list, about traveling to Ireland after being inspired by “Ulysses,” and the best parts of being a Housemaster in the boy’s Second Form House.
What books are on your bedside?
I tend to have a lot of books going at once, because I like to switch between genres depending on my mood or interests. Currently:
“Caliban's War” by James Corey, which is the second book in the “Expanse” series
“The Grave's a Fine and Private Place” by Alan Bradley, which is book nine in the “Flavia de Luce” mystery series
“The Word is Murder” by Anthony Horowitz
“Stormy Weather” by Paulette Giles
“Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father” by John Matteson
“The Sympathsizer” by Viet Thang Nguyen
“Gone” by Michael Grant, a young adult dystopian novel where all the adults just disappear one day.
Where is your favorite place to read?
My bed, but the second best is outside on the beach, preferably in a beach chair.
What Lawrenceville class would you like to take?
This is too hard, but probably all of the English classes, but at the top of my list are “Literature of National Pastime” with Ron Kane, “Mystery of Language: Detective Fiction” with Chris Hyson, and “West of Everything” with Champ Atlee. I set up the movies for Champ's class on Thursday nights in the library and always have wanted to stay and watch each one.
Where have you been inspired to travel after reading about it?
Dublin, Ireland. I loved a James Joyce class I took as a senior in college and one of my favorite books was “Ulysses.” I had the amazing opportunity last June on the Corrente Faculty travel program to visit Dublin and see the places where Leopold Bloom and James Joyce walked. Even more amazing was going to the Dalkey Book Festival on Bloomsday when the Irish celebrate the great writer James Joyce on June 16, the day the novel “Ulysseys” takes place. I walked the Sandymount Strand and St. Stephens Green and was in heaven.
What’s the most fun part of being a Housemaster in Raymond House (also known as Boys’ Lower House)?
Oh my, just every day is so much fun with the boys of Raymond House. So many happy times watching them grow, literally and figuratively.
One of my favorite days in the year is Move-in Day when they are just a name on a door and I don't know who they are just yet, but they are so excited to be coming to Lawrenceville.
Capture the Flag is such a fun and crazy event every year and the competition is intense just to see which House will come on top. (Thomas is the best!)
Yankee Swap and [Art Master] Mr. [Brian] Daniell's annual poem.
Feeds and hanging out late on Saturday nights with the prefects.
The Second Form Dance in the winter is a blast because the whole class is there.
The funniest thing is catching a group after lights out and watching them try to freeze in place as if you won't see them. The rooms are small, but there's always that guy trying to hide behind the door.
Good times with all of the boys in one class together. It's so rewarding to be a part of their lives.