Mike Matthews

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

Books Library

The Nickel Boys

Colson Whitehead 2019
Read: 2021
Education/Leadership, Fiction

I “read” this book via an audiobook. I love audiobooks when I am traveling, but for some reason, not while   […]   View Post →

The Obesity Code

Jason Fung 2016
Read: 2017
Non-Fiction

I am always on a quest for better fitness. I know that if I let up, I will get big.   […]   View Post →

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Michael Pollan 2007
Read: 2020
Non-Fiction

If you have looked at my book list before, you have seen a lot of books on the art of   […]   View Post →

The On-Time On-Target Manager

Ken Blanchard and Steve Gottry 2004
Read: 2010 or before
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

Procrastination damages everything it touches. Schools, kids, business and families. It must be admitted to and dealt with. In this   […]   View Post →

The One Thing

Gary Keller 2012
Read: 2013
Non-Fiction

First and foremost, any book that contains a reference to any of my amazing family is a great book for   […]   View Post →

The Power of Collective Wisdom

Alan Briskin and Sheryl Erickson 2009
Read: 2014
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

I read The Wisdom of Crowds a few years back. It told of the mathematical wisdom of crowds. Give enough   […]   View Post →

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Eckhart Tolle 2010
Read: 2022
Non-Fiction

I’m not sure why I haven’t added this book until now. I’ve been reading it and re-reading it for years,   […]   View Post →

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen Covey 1989
Read: 2010 or before
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction, Reading Now, Recommended for Young Adults

This is another one of my bedrock books. Stephen Covey has had such an influence on my personal and professional   […]   View Post →

The Short Bus

Jonathan Mooney 2008
Read: 2018
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

I learned about this book when I heard about Jonathan Mooney speaking to a group of educators locally. I learned   […]   View Post →

The Six Secrets of Change

Michael Fullan 2008
Read: 2012
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

Michael Fullan’s Change Forces is one of the great educational books, and he continues to look into the subject. In   […]   View Post →

The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way

Amanda Ripley 2013
Read: 2015
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way, by Amanda Ripley (2013) This book takes three   […]   View Post →

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

Stephen Greenblatt 2011
Read: 2015
Non-Fiction, Reading Now

It is a lesson about how civilizations can be ruined by fanaticism.

The Wolf Gift

Anne Rice 2012
Read: 2013
Fiction

This was a book that my wife Jill was reading for her book club near their Halloween meeting. Although I’m   […]   View Post →

The Wright Brothers

David McCullough 2015
Read: 2016
Non-Fiction

If you’ve read anything by David McCullough, you know to expect a great read with fascinating history. I have read   […]   View Post →

Tiny Habits: The Small Changes that Change Everything

B.J. Fogg 2019
Read: 2021
Non-Fiction

“There are only three things we can do that will create lasting change: have an epiphany, change our environment, or change our habits in tiny ways.”

Transparency: How Leaders Create a Culture of Candor

Warren Bennis 2008
Read: 2014
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

A major premise of this book is that the higher the leadership position, the less honest feedback the person receives.   […]   View Post →

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

Sebastian Junger 2014
Read: 2019
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

Tribe is a compelling book that speaks of the isolation and independence of humans in the modern world but particularly   […]   View Post →

Truman

David McCullough 1992
Read: 2010 or before
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

Truman, by David McCullough (1992) I am in awe of this ordinary man who became an extraordinary leader. (I’m also   […]   View Post →

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival

Laura Hildebrand 2010
Read: 2014
Non-Fiction

I read this because (1) it is a big movie this year, and (2) it is a local story of   […]   View Post →

Unselfie : Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World

Michele Borba 2017
Read: 2017
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

This is a book that our middle school vice principal Margot Parker asked our parents to read and led a   […]   View Post →

Walking in Wonder: Eternal Wisdom for a Modern World

John O'Dohohue 2015
Read: 2022
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

My friend Tom recommended this book to me this year. Tom is a fellow superintendent who plans to retire at   […]   View Post →

Wheat Belly

William Davis, MD 2013
Read: 2013
Non-Fiction

After reading this, my weight dropped from 205 to 197. If I was truly dedicated, it would go even lower.   […]   View Post →

Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens 2018
Read: 2020
Fiction

I read this book after the How To Do Nothing book, and it actually fit in quite nicely. This is   […]   View Post →

Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be

Frank Bruni 2015
Read: 2016
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction, Reading Now

I became interested in this book after reading about Palo Alto High School and some of the suicide tragedies that   […]   View Post →