Jeff Cosgrove-Cook, Science Library Assistant, is reading...

The Life and Times of Grigorii Rasputin
By: Alex DeJonge

Alex DeJonge’s “The Life and Times of Grigorii Rasputin” offers up a fascinating glimpse into the life and times of one of the twentieth century’s greatest enigmas, the so-called “Mad Monk” Grigorii Rasputin. DeJong’s work leads us through Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin’s life, beginning with his childhood in rural Siberia, a bleak landscape that was saturated …

Prof. Hecht is reading...

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls​: 100 tales of extraordinary women
By: Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

A couple of months ago, while browsing at Royal River Books in Yarmouth, my daughter and I stumbled across Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls​. “Great choice,” the woman at the counter told us. “I can barely keep this one on the shelf.” I had never heard of it, but we quickly discovered why it’s so popular: …

Monica Xing '19 is reading...

Angels in America: a gay fantasia on national themes
By: Tony Kushner

Currently I am reading (and re-reading) Tony Kushner’s play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. I think it was instantly popular when it originally came out, but I’d never heard of it until Professor Hansen’s ‘Modern and Contemporary American Literature’ course. I’ve already recommended it to so many of my friends. The …

Bethany Taylor, Sustainability Outreach Coordinator, is reading...

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
By: Timothy Snyder

I’m reading On Tyranny:  Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder. A friend of my mother’s recommended the book as a timely look at the parallels between current political turmoil and the Fascist forces that gave rise to WWII. This woman has sent On Tyranny to every US Senator, as a means of encouraging them all to rise above partisan squabbles and, together, stand up …