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President's Wednesday Message

The hot days of summer are (finally) upon us, so it seems a good time to share some of my summer reading list and ask you to share titles that are on your lists.

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

My mother's family is Irish and Scottish, so when I was growing up in the 1970s, "the Troubles" was a regular topic of conversation at gatherings at my grandmother's house. I'm about a third of the way through this book, and it is incredible.

How Humans Learn: the Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching by Joshua R. Eyler

I tagged Eyler's book when it came out late last fall, so it's been on my list for a while. The author is the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Rice University, where he also serves as an adjunct Associate Professor of the Humanities.

The Song of Achilles: A Novel by Madeline Miller and The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi

As the titles suggest, these are both retellings of myths, and Miller and Oyeyemi are two of my favorite novelists (though I've never read these earlier works). Each has a unique voice: plain and cool yet stylish in a manner that is hypnotically engaging.

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

Every list needs at least one pulpy beach read, and I've been listening to Holmes for years on the "Pop Culture Happy Hour" podcast and remember her witty writing from the "Television Without Pity" blog back in the day.

What books are on your summer reading lists? Please share a title or two in the comments on the blog, and happy reading!

Kress, Anne
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