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This Week’s Recommended Reading

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: November 7, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

I’m Daniella Snyder, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University, and your newest ‘Cat in Falvey Memorial Library’s Stacks. I’ll be posting about academics– from research to study habits and everything in between– and how Falvey can play a large role in your success here on campus!


In the wake of the eleven lives lost at the Tree of Life Synagogue as the result of a hate crime, emotions are high. For most people, the emotions are hard to understand, and even harder to place. Feelings range from utter grief, to anger, to hopelessness. Some people are motivated by tragedy, feeling the need to do something in order to find relief. Others may feel lost, questioning what can be done following moments of true tragedy. How do we make this better? When will it all stop?

At the Falvey Memorial Library, we understand knowledge to be imperative to igniting long-term and impactful change in our nation, and in our world. We encourage you to take the time to mourn, to grieve, as well as to read and to learn. This week, educate yourself and others.


Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence by Jonathan Sacks

Source: Amazon.

“Jonathan Sacks turns his prodigious intellect to deconstructing the mechanisms of religious violence.

This well-researched tome spans human life, from the birth of human communities and discussions of the mechanics of social cohesion, to contemporary issues of terrorism and the healing work of recent popes.

Weaving in the anthropological contributions of monotheism against the fractious lethality of dualism, Sacks dissects our civilization in crisis through the prism of anti-Semitism.

Sacks displays his wide learning and empathy in service of an ambitious, ingenious worldview. We’d all be wise to listen.” — Publisher’s Weekly




(((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump by Jonathan Weisman

Source: Amazon.

“With eloquence and poignancy Weisman shows how hatred can slowly and quietly chew away at the moral fabric of society. We now live in an age where more than ever bigotry and oppression no longer need to hide in fear of reproach. The floodgates have opened.

This is much more than a personal response to the bigotry he experienced because of his Jewishness; Weisman has written a manifesto that outlines the dangers of marginalizing and demonizing all minority groups.

This powerful book is for all of us.” — Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University




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