Faculty share their summer reading picks

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History professor Jonathan Sadowsky shares his summer reading “shelfie”

Looking for some new books to read this summer? Check out these books written by our faculty this year.

We asked our faculty to share what they’re reading right now. Take a look at their summer reading picks:


Julie Andrijeski | Senior Instructor, Department of Music

  • A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul
  • Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity by Ronald Epstein
  • Dance, Dancers and Dance-Masters in Renaissance and Baroque Italy by Barbara Sparti
  • The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman
  • The Passions of Peter Sellars: Staging the Music by Susan McClary
  • The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin

Jeremy Bendik-Keymer | Elmer G. Beamer-Hubert H. Schneider Professor in Ethics and Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy

  • Grounded Authority: The Algonquins of Barriere Lake against the State by Shiri Pasternak
  • Isonomia by Kojin Karatani
  • Origins of Philosophy by Kojin Karatani
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • Thinking and Being by Irad Kimhi

Elizabeth Bolman | Professor, Department of Art History and Art

  • The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett

Joy Bostic | Associate Professor, Religious Studies; Interim Vice Interim Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity

  • Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America by Darnell L. Moore

John Broich | Associate Professor, Department of History

  • The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

Cara Byrne | Research Advisor on Diverse Children’s Literature, Schubert Center for Child Studies; Lecturer, English; SAGES Teaching Fellow

  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown by Mac Barnett and Sarah Jacoby
  • The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes and Vanessa Brantley-Newton
  • The Remember Balloons by Jessie Oliveros and Dana Wulfekotte
  • We’ve Got the Whole World in our Hands by Rafael López

Margaretmary Daley | Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

  • Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr
  • Come Sundown by Nora Roberts
  • Die Prinzessin von Cleves by Madame de La Fayette
  • Frauenwürde by Julius Ecker von Eckhofen
  • Eine Pensionsgeschichte by Julchen Grünthal
  • Gedichte by Heinrich Heine
  • Immortality by Milan Kundera
  • Julchen by Wilhelm Busch
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • Spymaster by Brad Thor
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Susan Dominguez | Lecturer, Department of English

  • Scalping Columbus and Other Damn Indian Stories: Truths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies by Adam Fortunate Eagle

Shannon E. French | Inamori Professor of Ethics, Department of Philosophy

  • Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil

Jay Geller | Professor, Department of History

  • The Impostor: A True Story by Javier Cercas 
  • The Pine Islands by Marion Poschmann

Sarah Gridley | Associate Professor, Department of English

  • Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminksky
  • Native Voices: Indigenous American Poetry, Craft, and Conversations by Marie Fuhrman and Dean Rader
  • Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
  • The Rediscovery of Meaning by Owen Barfield
  • The Tradition by Jericho Brown

Peter Knox | Professor, Department of Classics; Director,  Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities

  • Collected Poems by Robert Lowell
  • Inferno by Dante
  • Letters to Atticus by Cicero
  • Ovid’s Homer by B.W. Boyd
  • The Fate of Rome by Kyle Harper
  • The Stones of Florence by Mary McCarthy
  • The Tigress of Forlì: Renaissance Italy’s Most Courageous and Notorious Countess by Elizabeth Lev

Ken Ledford | Chair, Department of History

  • Anderland. Die USA unter Trump – ein Schadensbericht (Foreign Country: The USA under Trump – A Damage Report) by Ingo Zamperoni
  • Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law by James Q. Whitman
  • How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them by Jason Stanley
  • Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China’s Last Golden Age by Stephen R. Platt
  • Knowledge for Sale: The Neoliberal Takeover of Higher Education by Lawrence Busch
  • One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America by Kevin M. Kruse
  • Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 by Stephen Kotkin

William Marling | Professor, Department of English

  • Lullaby by Leila Slimani
  • Unruly Equality by Andrew Cornell

Colin McLarty | Truman P. Handy Professor, Department of Philosophy

  • Various commentaries on the Analects of Confucius

John Orlock | Professor, Department of English

  • A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past by Lewis Hyde
  • Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France by Kermit Lynch
  • Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook by Alice Waters
  • Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac
  • Laughing Shall I Die – Lives and Deaths of the Great Vikings by Tom Shippey
  • Life in Culture: Selected Letters of Lionel Trilling by Adam Kirsch
  • Plainsong by Kent Haruf
  • Simple French Food by Richard Olney

Karen Potter | Professor, Department of Dance

  • Dance Medicine by L. Simmel
  • Dance Science by G. Grossman
  • Mysteries by Martin Walker, Greg Isles and others
  • Various books by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Jonathan Sadowsky | Professor, Department of History

  • African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade by Anne Bailey
  • Bowie in Berlin: A New Career in a New Town by Thomas Jerome Seabrook
  • Close to the Edge: How Yes’s Masterpiece Defined Prog Rock by Will Romano
  • Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World by Gary Wilder
  • From Asylum to Prison: Deinstitutionalization and the Rise of Mass Incarceration by Anne Parsons
  • Life by Keith Richards
  • Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
  • Slavery at Sea by Sowande’ Mustakeem
  • The Happiness Industry by William Davies
  • The Idiot by Elif Batuman
  • The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
  • The Mind Fixers by Anne Harrington
  • The Rise of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in Western Africa, 1300-1589 by Toby Green
  • The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
  • You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman

Deepak Sarma | Professor, Department of Religious Studies

  • Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex by Elizabeth Reis
  • Good Kids, Bad City: A Story of Race and Wrongful Conviction in America by Kyle Swenson
  • Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life by Amber Scorah
  • Little Big Men: Bodybuilding Subculture and Gender Construction by Alan M. Klein
  • Tell Me Who You are: Sharing our Stories of Race, Culture and Identity by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi

Martha Woodmansee | Professor Emerita, Department of English

  • A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past by Lewis Hyde

Timothy Wutrich | Senior Instructor, Department of Classics

  • Martin Luther by Eric Metaxas
  • The Death of Empedocles by Friedrich Hölderlin
  • The Rise of Athens by Anthony Everitt