Reading Wednesday

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We sat down with Mari, Online Math Content Specialist for City Year, and found out what she is reading right now. 

Currently Reading: Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

Why it’s great: Has the impossible happened? The NSA’s top code-breaking machine may have just found an unbreakable code. The head cryptographer is wondering how someone could have done the mathematically improbable task of writing an unbreakable code and if they have, what does this mean for the future of national security? Enter the world of cryptography, where top mathematicians and computer scientists blend their mathematical and reasoning skills to create codes and ciphers, to both encrypt and decrypt secret messages.

This book was right up my ally - start with a suspense novel, add in math and espionage, and throw in some logic puzzle. This book kept me on the edge of seat right up until the very end!

City Year Alumna Shares Her Story

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The Corps Network has just published its new book, Join the Crew: Inspirational Stories of Young Adults in America’s Service and Conservation Corps. In this book, City Year alumna Gabby Fish, shares her captivating City Year story with readers. Tomorrow, on Saturday August 31st, the book will be available for free download on Amazon.com

Reading Wednesday

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We sat down with Elana, National Admissions Coordinator for City Year, and found out her favorite book from high school.

Favorite Book: Lord of the Rings Trilogy

What I learned from it/how it shaped my thinking as a young person:  Aside from becoming proficient in Elfish, the books really focused on the importance of loyalty, friendship, courage, and perseverance. Although I adored every character in the books, it was the strong female characters that influenced me as a young woman. I found myself looking to these warrior-women as literary role models as I was finding my way through the trials of adolescence.