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June 26, 2021

2021 summer reading list

On the beach, in a plane, on a boat. Wherever you are, these PA-curated books are sure to please any taste

Beginning in 1990, Craig Thorn, our long-time colleague in Bulfinch, began collecting and distributing a summer reading list with suggestions from members of the faculty and staff. Titled ‘Craig’s List’ to honor his memory, the list has been curated and shared among the Andover community in recent years by David Fox.

MJ Wong Engel, David Fox, María Martínez, Deb Olander

  • Jaffe, Sarah, Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone

Tom Kane, Aya Murata, Deb Olander

  • Bennett, Brit, The Vanishing Half: A Novel

Grace Curley, Emma Staffaroni, Jineyda Tapia

  • Alvarez, Julia, Afterlife

Michael Blake, Alicia Finney, Deb Olander

  • Gyasi, Yaa, Transcendent Kingdom: A Novel

Emma Frey and Deb Olander

  • Wilkerson, Isabel, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Deb Olander and Michael Swarttz

  • Glaude, Eddie, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own

Corrie Martin and Emma Staffaroni

  • Myers, Alex, Supporting Transgender Students

Robert Briggs and Chris Capano

  • Wheeler, Lonnie, The Bona Fide Legend of Cool Papa Bell: Speed, Grace, and the Negro Leagues

Lilia Cai-Hurteau and Aya Murata

  • Zauner, Michelle, Crying in H MART: A Memoir

Alicia Finney and Paige Roberts

  • Kimmerer, Robin Wall, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Women, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants

Emma Frey

  • Bennett, Brit, The Vanishing Half
  • Cleeton, Chanel, The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba
  • Cleeton, Chanel, Next Year in Havana Cleeton, Chanel, When We Left Cuba
  • Follett, Ken, The Evening and the Morning
  • Green, John, The Anthropocene Reviewed

Deb Chase

  • Coffin, Jared, Roughhouse Friday
  • Leilani, Raven, Luster
  • Nguyen, Viet Thanh, The Sympathizer
  • Rhoden, William, Forty Million Dollar Slaves
  • Washburn, Kawai Strong, Sharks in the Time of Saviors

MJ Wong Engel

  • Nicholas, Chani, You Were Born for This: Astrology for Radical Self-Acceptance
  • Tsing, Anna, Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins

Greg Wilkin

  • Allende, Isabel, The Soul of a Woman
  • McBride, James, Deacon King Kong
  • Theroux, Paul, Under the Wave at Waimea

Chris Capano

  • Benedict, Jeff, The Dynasty
  • Dent, Jim, Twelve Mighty Orphans: The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas Football
  • Hill, David, The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America’s Forgotten Capital of Vice
  • Paul, Mark, The Greatest Gambling Story Ever Told: A True Tale of Three Gamblers, the Kentucky Derby, and the Mexican Cartel
  • Thompson, Wright, Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things that Last

Nancy Hitchcock

  • Knight, Phil, Shoe Dog

Grace Curley

  • Carlile, Brandi, Broken Horses
  • Redman, Ric, Bones of Hilo

Michael Legaspi

  • Daub, Adrian, What Tech Calls Thinking
  • Giridharadas, Anand, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World
  • Newstok, Scott, How to Think Like Shakespeare: Lessons from a Renaissance Education
  • Oakeshott, Michael, The Voice of Liberal Learning
  • Sandel, Michael, The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?

Cain Corkum

  • Buck, Pearl, The Good Earth
  • Doiron, Paul, The Poacher’s Son
  • Gladwell, Malcolm, Talking to Strangers Hillenbrand, Laura, Unbroken

Lisa Joel

  • Bryant, Howard, The Heritage
  • Bryant, Howard, Full Dissidence
  • Cooper, Arshay, A Most Beautiful Thing: The True Story of America’s First All-Black High School Rowing Team
  • Eig, Jonathan, Ali: A Life
  • Epstein, David, The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance
  • Gallway, W. Timothy, The Inner Game of Tennis
  • Pappas, Alexis, Bravey
  • Schiot, Molly, Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History
  • Shang, Jeff, Fearless

Ryan Wheeler

  • Nesterhoff, Kliph, We Had a Little Real Estate Problem: The Unheralded Story of Native Americans & Comedy
  • Sasakamoose, Fred, Call Me Indian: From the Trauma of Residential School to Becoming the NHL’s First Treaty Indigenous Player

Troy Turick

  • Courtenay, Bryce, The Power of One
  • Harper, Jane, The Lost Man

Tom Kane

  • Baxter, Charles, The Sun Collective
  • Chavez, Felicia, ed, The Breakbeat Poets Volume 4: LatiNext
  • Dowling, Emma, The Care Crisis
  • Estes, Nick, Our History is the Future
  • Flanagan, Richard, The Living Sea of Waking Dreams
  • Hinton, Elizabeth, America on Fire
  • Indiana, Rita, Tentacle
  • McGhee, Heather, The Sum of Us
  • Treuer, David, “National Parks Should Belong to Native Americans,” The Atlantic (May 2021)

Sherri Hallgren

  • Brodesser-Akner, Taffy, Fleishman is in Trouble
  • O’Farrell, Maggie, Hamnet

David Fox

  • Anson, Robert Sam, Best Intentions: The Education and Killing of Edmund Perry
  • Budiansky, Stephen, Journey to the Edge of Reason: The Life of Kurt Gödel
  • Eilenberger, Wolfram, Time of the Magicians: Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Cassirer, Heidegger, and the Decade that Reinvented Philosophy
  • Ho, Karen, Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street
  • Hochschild, Arlie Russell, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
  • Jones-Rogers, Stephanie, They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South
  • Mitchell, Michaelyn, The Sleeve Should Be Illegal & Other Reflections on Art at the Frick
  • Perry, Imani, Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry
  • Salmon, Peter, An Event, Perhaps: A Biography of Jacques Derrida

César Dominique

  • Bittman, Mark, Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal
  • Broom, Sarah, The Yellow House: A Memoir
  • Rankine, Claudia, Just Us: An American Conversation
  • Rothstein, Richard, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Emma Staffaroni

  • Koh, EJ, The Magical Language of Others
  • McBee, Thomas Page, Amateur: A Reckoning with Gender, Identity, and Masculinity
  • Nunez, Sigrid, What Are You Going Through
  • Taylor, Sonya Renee, The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love

Corrie Martin

  • Bechdel, Alison, The Secret to Superhuman Strength
  • Hall, Rebecca, Wake
  • Cha, Steph, Your House Will Pay
  • Hong, Cathy Park, Minor Feelings
  • Lee, Chang-Rae, My Year Abroad
  • Zhang, C. Pam, How Much of These Hills Is Gold

Jerry Hagler

  • Bray, Dennis, Wetware: A Computer in Every Living Cell
  • Carey, Nessa, Junk DNA: A Journey Through the Dark Matter of the Genome Crouch, Tom, A Dream of Wings: Americans and the Airplane, 1875-1905 Gates, Henry Louis, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
  • Isacoff, Stuart, A Natural History of the Piano: The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians—from Mozart to Modern Jazz and Everything in Between
  • Leonard, Elizabeth, Men of Color to Arms!: Black Soldiers, Indian Wars, and the Quest for Equality
  • Prothero, Donald, After the Dinosaurs: The Age of Mammals
  • Williams, Phil, Fire the Landscaper: How Landscapers, HOAs, and Cultural Norms Are Poisoning Our Properties

Aya Murata

  • Lythcott-Haims, Julie, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult
  • Yu, Charles, Interior Chinatown: A Novel

Laura Warner

  • Fogg, B. J., Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything
  • Girma, Haben, Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law
  • Heumann, Judith, Being Heumann—An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist
  • Wong, Alice, Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the 21st Century

Michael Swarttz

  • Cone, Jane, The Cross and the Lynching Tree
  • Leder, Steven, The Beauty of What Remains
  • Nieman, Donald, Promises to Keep: African Americans and the Constitutional Order, 1776- Present
  • Palmer, Parker, A Hidden Wholeness
  • Snyder, Timothy, Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary
  • Tisby, Jemar, The Color of Compromise

Jacques Hugon

  • Dicker, Joel, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
  • Miller, Madeline, Circe

Robert Briggs

  • Brown, Craig, 150 Glimpses of the Beatles
  • Larson, Erik, The Splendid and the Vile

Maria Martinez

  • Agarwal, Pooja, Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning
  • Torres, Justin, We the Animals

Anna Gesing

  • Faulkes, Sebastian, A Week in December
  • Makaryk, Nathan, Nottingham
  • Penner, Sarah, The Lost Apothecary
  • Quinn, Kate, The Rose Code

Tammy Skwierczynski

  • Nestor, James, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

Jineyda Tapia

  • Alegría Hudes, Quiara, My Broken Language: A Memoir
  • Alim, H. Samy, Raciolinguistics: How Language Shapes Our Ideas About Race
  • Baker-Bell, April, Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literary, Identity, and Pedagogy
  • Fernandéz, Johanna, The Young Lords: A Radical History
  • Kendall, Mikki, Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot Ladson-Billings, Gloria, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Asking A Different Question Mallory, Tamika, State of Emergency: How We Win the Country We Built
  • Morena Vega, Marta, Women Warriors of the Afro-Latina Diaspora
  • San Pedro, Timothy, Protecting the Promise: Indigenous Education Between Mothers and Their Children
  • Souljah, Sister, Life After Death

Tedd Parker

  • Hyman, Mark, Food Fix

Michael Blake

  • Andrews, Mary Kay, Christmas Bliss
  • Backman, Frederik, Anxious People
  • Douglas, Kester, Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography
  • Moyes, Jojo, The Giver of Stars
  • O’Keeffe, Kristin Bair, Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything
  • Reid, Kiley, Such a Fun Age

Tessa Peterson

  • Johnson, Ayana Elizabeth, All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis

Lilia Cai-Hurteau

  • Oluo, Ijeoma, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America
  • Linh, Kieu (eds), Fight the Tower: Asian American Women Scholars’ Resistance and Renewal in the Academy

Allen Grimm

  • Baig, Bilal, Acha Bacha
  • Lopez, Matthew, The Inheritance

Carla Castillo

  • Alvarez, Julia, In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Castro, Fidel, History Will Absolve Me
  • Diaz, Junot, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

John Bird

  • Bowen, Elizabeth, Collected Stories
  • Breton, Andre, The Magnetic Fields
  • Johnson, B. S., Christie Malry’s Own Double-Entry
  • Monroe, Melissa, Medusa Beach, and Other Poems Quin, Ann, Berg

Paige Roberts

  • Saramago, Jose, Blindness
  • Sheldrake, Merlin, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, & Shape Our Futures

Alicia Finney

  • Abdurraqib, Hanif, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much
  • Backman, Fredrik, A Man Called Ove
  • Gibson, Andrea, Lord of the Butterflies

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Craig Thorn (1958-2006)

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