Last academic year I kept up my tradition of putting out free copies of books on a bookshelf outside my office each term for the faculty to take and read but I didn’t manage to post the lists here on this blog as I went along. (Not that anyone complained!) I thought I’d put the lists out all at once before we launch into a new school year.
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (The New Press, 2010)
Timothy Garton Ash, Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World (Yale University Press, 2016)
Roberto Gonzales, Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America (University of California Press, 2015)
Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2014)
Lauret Savoy, Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape (Counterpoint Press, 2016)
Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow (Viking, 2016)
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power and Passion of Persistence (Scribner, 2016)
Note: Prof. Duckworth visited with Tang Institute fellows and staff last Fall and will be back again on September 13 for a public engagement at PA. We expect to make many copies of her book available again courtesy of one of our trustees.
Nicholas Guyatt, Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation (Basic Books, 2016)
Joi Ito and Jeff Howe: Whiplash: How to Survive our Faster Future (Grand Central, 2016)
Zadie Smith, Swing Time (Penguin, 2016)
J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (Harper, 2016)
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (Spiegel & Grau, 2015)
Note: Astute observers will know that Mr. Coates’ book appeared on a previous HOS bookshelf. It flew off the shelf at the time. I brought it back again as it was meant to be the subject of a town-wide reading program this spring.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dear Ijeawele, Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions (Knopf, 2017)
Matthew Desmond, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Crown, 2016)
Hisham Matar, The Return (Knopf, 2016)
Mary Oliver, Upstream: Selected Essays (Penguin, 2016)
Anne-Marie Slaughter, The Chessboard & the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World (Yale University Press, 2017)
Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Spiegel and Grau, 2014)
I am working on this fall’s list and always welcome ideas of things to read!