Here are the books that top the reading piles of the Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement staff this summer. Most if not all of these titles can be found via stocked online booksellers while some are also available in digital and audio formats for interested readers. And for even more reading recommendations, here are links to the 2019, 2020, and 2021 lists.
From Beaudry Allen, Preservation and Digital Archivist:
All Boys Aren’t Blue, George M. Johnson. A series of essays about Johnson growing up as a young queer men of color.
From Michael Foight, Director Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement:
Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind / Alexandra Ripley. In this first sequel to Margaret Mitchell’s novel, Scarlett and Rhett’s relationship continues the page-turning-drama of the original.
The Roman Republic of Letters: Scholarship, Philosophy, and Politics in the Age of Cicero and Caesar / Katharina Volk. This deep dive into Roman Republican “senator scholars” checks many of my ancient world interests.
Watergate: A New History / Garrett M. Graff. A compelling and page-turning big picture revisionist read on the scandal that caused Nixon to resign.
In Pursuit of Civility: Manners and Civilization in Early Modern England / Keith Thomas. An ethnographic study showcasing the conflicting early European standards of polite behavior through a lens of voices from 1600-1789.
From Rebecca Oviedo,Distinctive Collections Archivist:
Archival Virtue: Relationship, Obligation, and the Just Archives by Scott Cline.
The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray.
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