What I Am Reading…

Fall 2021

Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah (1994)

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Price You Pay for College by Ron Lieber

Let’s Talk About Hard Things by Anna Sale

Eldest by Christopher Paolini

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

Summer 2021

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed

A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster by Rebecca Solnit

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Spring 2021

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer

A Quaker Book of Wisdom: Life Lessons In Simplicity, Service, And Common Sense by Robert Lawrence Smith

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong

Microaggressions in Everyday Life by Derald Wing Sue and Lisa Spanierman

Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race by Derald Wing Sue

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

Fall 2020

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt

Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by John McPhee

Summer 2020

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor

Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America by William H. Frey

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Spring 2020

Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civc Life by Eric Klinenberg

Winter 2020

The Meritocracy Trap: How America’s Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite by Daniel Markovitz

How the Other Half Learns: Equality, Excellence, and the Battle Over School Choice by Robert Pondiscio

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein

Breaking Boundaries: Varieties of Liminality by Agnes Horvath

Pattern language by Christopher Alexander

Crown Hall Dean’s Dialogues

Fall 2019

The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System and How to Fix It by Natalie Wexler

Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know by E D Hirsch Jr

The Writing Revolution by Judith Hochman

Why Don’t Students Like School? By Daniel Willingham

We Were 8 years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Years That Matter the Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us by Paul Tough

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Out Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell

Summer 2019

The Common Good by Robert Reich

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater

Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics by Richard Thaler

Sapiens by Yuval Harari

The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

Power Moves by Adam Grant

Dear America by Jose Antonio Vargas

Born a Criminal by Trevor Noah

Hamilton the Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Summer 2018

The Price of Admission: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges – and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates by Daniel Golden

Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life by William Deresiewicz

The Birth of the New American Aristocracy by Mathew Stewart (The Atlantic)