Mike Matthews

My thoughts after 60 years on this planet on family, public education, cooking, and life.

Books Library

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Bryan Stevenson 2014
Read: 2021
Non-Fiction, Reading Now

I don’t know why I have not read this book until now. But Bryan Stevenson has been someone who’s been   […]   View Post →

Kitchen Confidential, by (2000)

Anthony Bourdain 2000
Read: 2018
Cooking, Non-Fiction

After the untimely death of Anthony Bourdain, I began to learn a lot about this TV celebrity that so many   […]   View Post →

Know How

Ram Charan 2007
Read: 2016
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

I actually did not find a lot of application for this book for the public education sector. If I were   […]   View Post →

Leading with Focus

Michael J. Schmoker 2016
Read: 2017
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

Schmoker’s original book, simply called Focus, remains one of my favorite educational books of all time. Schmoker’s point remains the   […]   View Post →

Less: A Novel

Andrew Sean Greer 2018
Read: 2019
Fiction

This is a book my wife read with her book club. It’s not my typical read. It’s a Pulitzer Prize   […]   View Post →

Leverage Leadership

Paul Bambrick-Santoyo 2012
Read: 2015
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

This book tells the story of the power of data in transforming schools and helping all students to achieve. I   […]   View Post →

Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want

Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy 2016
Read: 2018
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

I am a big goal-setter. I find that I am much more focused and driven when I write down my   […]   View Post →

Make Your Bed: Little Things that Can Change Your Life … and Maybe the World

Admiral William H. McRaven 2017
Read: 2021
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction, Reading Now

I’ll get to the title of the book later. This is written about the trials and travails of life. It’s   […]   View Post →

Master of the Grill

America's Test Kitchen 2016
Read: 2017
Cooking, Non-Fiction

This is another book from the good people at America’s Test Kitchen/Cooks Illustrated. So I do a heck of a   […]   View Post →

Media Moms and Digital Dads

Yalda Uhls 2015
Read: 2016
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

Our Education Foundation brought in Yalda Uhls to speak to our parents about students and technology. I introduced her and   […]   View Post →

Montana, 1948

Larry Watson 1993
Read: 2011
Fiction

This is another book on the Mira Costa reading list that I had not yet read. It deals with difficult   […]   View Post →

Never Send a Human to Do a Machine’s Job

Yong Zhao 2015
Read: 2016
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

This is a thoughtful book about how technology should be used in education and learning. In spite of increasing amounts   […]   View Post →

News of the World

Paulette Jiles 2016
Read: 2018
Fiction

This was recommended to me by my father. It is a story of a 70+-year-old cowboy and war veteran whose   […]   View Post →

Nova Scotia

David Orkin 2009
Read: 2017
Non-Fiction

Our summer trip this year will be a bicycling trip to Nova Scotia in eastern Canada. We take big biking   […]   View Post →

Overloaded and Underprepared

Denise Pope 2015
Read: 2015
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

This book has become a very important book in our district.  Written by a group of Stanford University School of   […]   View Post →

Pathways to the Common Core

Lucy Calkins 2012
Read: 2014
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

We have trained almost all of our elementary teachers in writing the way Lucy Calkins and Columbia University teach writing.   […]   View Post →

Quiet Strength

Tony Dungy 2007
Read: 2010 or before
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

I listened to Mr. Dungy read his books while driving back and forth to work. Again, www.audible.com for great downloads   […]   View Post →

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Richard Kiyosaki 2000
Read: 2010 or before
Non-Fiction, Recommended for Young Adults

It’s been on the best seller list since it came out. It’s corny and very simply written. But as a   […]   View Post →

Rookie Smarts

Liz Wiseman 2014
Read: 2014
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

Liz Wiseman is a great author and an even better speaker. I heard her at an ACSA Conference in San   […]   View Post →

Salt: A World History

Matt Kurlansky 2003
Read: 2020
Cooking, Non-Fiction

I saw this book in the airport bookstore, and bought it for my Kindle. I love reading on my Kindle,   […]   View Post →

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari 2015
Read: 2015
Non-Fiction

My dad recommended this one to me. I don’t think I liked it as much as he did. Mr. Harari   […]   View Post →

Shantaram

Gregory Roberts 2003
Read: 2017
Non-Fiction

I read this book at the recommendation of some friends in the District. It’s a book of fiction about the   […]   View Post →

Siddhartha

Hermann Hesse 1922
Read: 2011
Fiction

From rural living to the search for Buddhist meaning in India. If you have read the Power of Now and you liked it,   […]   View Post →

Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut 1969
Read: 2011
Fiction, Recommended for Young Adults

Continuing my “summer of satire.” This is a book on MBUSD reading lists that I had never read, but had always   […]   View Post →