Sakura Christmas, Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies, is reading...

Stranger in the Shogun's City: A Japanese Woman and Her World
By: Amy Stanley

Most summers, I go to Japan or China for research, but the pandemic this year has made fieldwork abroad all but impossible. To escape lockdown without ever having to leave Brunswick, I read Stranger in the Shogun’s City, written by my brilliant friend and colleague, Amy Stanley, a history professor at Northwestern University. Stranger in …

Louisa Slowiaczek, Professor of Psychology, is reading...

A Very Stable Genius
By: Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig

(Professor Slowiaczek also recommends The Wind in the Willows, see below.) Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig’s book  A Very Stable Genius is about the first three years of the Trump presidency.  The authors are journalists at the Washington Post and the style of the book is in keeping with their profession.  Rucker and Leonig take an …

Mike McDermott, Digital Technology Integration Librarian, is reading...

The Line Becomes a River
By: Francisco Cantú

Headlines. Slogans. Politicized rhetoric. Campaign promises. Facebook posts. This is where I was getting all of my information on the state of our southern border. As the issue got hotter and more divisive, it was becoming harder to empathize with people directly involved in the situation. Border residents, immigrants documented and undocumented, the customs and border …