Books to Read While Staying at Home


Books to Read While Staying at Home


During this unprecedented moment in our country and the world, many people are looking for books to read. We’ve turned to the RWU Community to share the books they suggest reading during this unique era. We invite ALL members of the RWU Community to help build this list. To do so, send your your book recommendation along with a sentence or two about why you are sharing it at this moment in time, to Professor Adam Braver.

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Israeli Soul by Michael Solomonov &amp; Steven Cook<br /><br />
Dr. Kerri Ullucci, Associate Professor of Urban Education
“If you are wired as I am, and cooking for those you love is how you power through crisis, give this cookbook a look. Beautiful recipes, but even more lovely is the stories of people and places. It’s a like a walk through the neighborhoods of Israel.…

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi<br /><br />
Taylor Bailey, Class of 2015
“The journey of two half-sisters and their descendants through the slave trade and British colonization in 18th century Ghana. A really awesome and insightful story about struggle and family and overcoming adversity--all things that resonate with how…

Summer Snow by Robert Hass<br /><br />
Dr. Brian Hendrickson, Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
"Hass is a genius of subtlety, and this book is as much concerned with the artist's endless intellectual struggle with the limits and possibilities of representation as it is the limits and possibilities of living. The book pulls no punches,…

Fables (graphic novel series) by Bill Willingham<br /><br />
Krissy &quot;Geloso&quot; Warrenger, Class of 2008
"The series features deep, emotional storylines and surprising character arcs--if you decide to pick it up, be sure to keep an eye on Boy Blue. In the "Fables" universe, there are three spin-off series, a video game with its own graphic novel…

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim  by David Sedaris<br /><br />
Dr. Cynthia Scheinberg, Dean, School of Humanities, Arts, and Education
“This set of personal essays, mostly about family, make me laugh so hard I cry—even on second and third reads. Anything by Sedaris is great, but this collection has always been a winner for me. Definitely relevant in a time when we may be cooped up…

The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton<br /><br />
Sarah Reusche, Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer
“Long and addictive, it builds this complex world in colonial New Zealand that feels very far from the inside of my house.”

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck<br /><br />
Paul Monti, Facilities
“It is one among the many books I have read and reread during the Covid-19 crisis. Others include: The Grapes of Wrath, Chernobyl, Auschwitz, and, ironically, Pandemic, the story of the 1918 Flu pandemic. The similarities between then and now are…

Night Boat To Tangier by Kevin Barry<br /><br />
Professor Edward J. Delaney, Creative Writing
“A novel that reads nearly like a play. Two retired Irish criminals wait for the night boat, looking for a long-lost person who doesn't want to be found. Kind of like Waiting for Godot meets Goodfellas.”

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel<br /><br />
Dr. Marybeth J. MacPhee, Professor of Public Health
“The story follows a troop of Shakespearean actors and symphony musicians in the aftermath of a flu epidemic that wipes out most of humanity. Mandel offers a thoughtful perspective on all the conveniences we take for granted and a glimmer of hope for…
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