What I Am Reading…

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)