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The Curious ‘Cat: Recent Reading Recommendations (Part II)

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Sarah Wingo, Librarian for English Literature, Theatre, and Romance Languages and Literature, about her recent reads: 

Book-to-screen adaptation: His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

Authors who visited Villanova: I’d highly recommend checking out one of Michael Hollinger‘s or James Ijames’s plays. They are both exceptional playwrights and faculty in Villanova’s theatre department. Their plays have been produced at Villanova and professionally in Philadelphia and elsewhere.

Genre you never read before: I’ve been trying to read more books related to politics and activism and one that I really enjoyed was Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis.

Book whose cover you loved: Penguin has been doing these really gorgeous hardcover editions of their classics for about 10 years now and I really like them.

Book you meant to read in the last year: The Binti Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor

A ghost story: Through the Woods (graphic novel) by Emily Carroll

Climate fiction book: The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer

A biography: I’m not a big reader of biography, but I like memoirs. I recently read Michelle Obama’s book Becoming, which is excellent. I’d also highly recommend any of Carrie Fisher’s memoir and nonfiction work.

Book recommended by a friend: The Book of The Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison

Your summer reading recommendation: Circe or The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Interested in additional reading recs and/or research help? Contact Wingo: sarah.wingo@villanova.edu


Kallie Stahl, MA ’17 CLAS, is communication and marketing specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.


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