What Are You Reading This Summer?

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From literary, professional and social justice, to classic, motivational and pop culture, members of the Spelman community are taking deep dives this summer into a variety of interesting books. Check out the reads that will keep you stimulated:

My Whisper From God_“My Whisper From God” by Rachelle Law – Ashley Smith, C’2004.
Lean In_is“Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg. “This book actually motivated me to make some changes in my professional life,” said Jackie Duodu-Burbridge, C’2000.
No Disrespect_is“No Disrespect” by Sister Soulja – Tamika Oliver, C’2017.
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie_is“Let Sleeping Dogs Lie” by Patricia Haley – Quency Dawkins, Spelman parent.
Yes Chef_is“Yes, Chef” by Marcus Samuelsson – Jamie Pleasant, C’ 2000.
Autobiography-of-a-Yogi_is“Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramahansa Yogananda – Makeba Dixon-Hill, C’2003, Curator of Education, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.
The Other Wes Moore_is_“The Other Wes Moore” by Wes Moore. “It is a really quick read but it is extremely eye opening,” said Jasmine E. Payne, C’2015.
adulthood-rites_is“Adulthood Rites” and “Imago” by Octavia Butler; “Americanah,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; “This is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz; “Palestine Inside and Out: An Everyday Occupation” by Saree Mackdisi; and “The Almond Tree” by Michelle Cohen Corasanti – Erica Lorraine Williams, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
managing-your-mind-the-mental-fitness-guide-by-gillian_is“Managing Your Mind” by Gillian Butler – Cynae Tarver, Instructional Technologist.
Assata Shakur, an Autobiography_is“Assata Shakur, an Autobiography”; and “Master Key System” by Charles Haanel – Chelsea Crittle, C’2015.
The Shadow Speaker_is“The Shadow Speaker” by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu – Veronica Hopkins, C’2014.
The Spider King's Daughter_is“Black Boy” by Richard Wright; “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison; and “The Spider King’s Daughter” by Chibundu Onuzo. “Can’t wait to see what everyone else is reading so that I may have some new reads,” said Loganne E. Canady, C’2014.
The Bluest Eye_is“The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison; and “Lone Wolf” by Jodi Picoult – Tiffany Pennamon, C’2016.
Unsteady March_is“The Unsteady March: The Rise and Decline of Racial Equality in America” by Philip A Klinkner; “The Republic” by Plato; “48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene – Kimberlee Cox, C’2013.
Freedom in the Family_is“Freedom in the Family (A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights)” by Spelman Cosby Chair Tananarive Due and Patricia Stephens Due – Debora Rasberry, Leadership Gifts Coordinator.
Battlefield of the Mind_is“Lean In” by Sheryl Sandburg, “Battlefield of the Mind” by Joyce Meyer, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey – Jacynta Brewton, Alumnae Programs Manager.
Steve Jobs_is“Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson; “The Magic” by Rhonda Byrne; and “The Art of Seduction” by Robert Greene. “It’s going to be an enlightening summer,” said Christina Ruffins, C’2013.
And the Mountains Echoed_is“And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini – Michelle R. Harris, J.D. C’2002, Planned Gifts Officer.
a-game-of-thrones-new-hc_is“Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin – Makeba A. Reed-Johnson, Physical Education/Wellness Instructor.
Ghana Must Go_is“Ghana Must Go” by Taiye Selasi; “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson; “Mother to Mother” by Sindiwe Magona – Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Ph.D., C’93, Director, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.
sing-you-home_is“Sing You Home” by Jodi Picoult – Christian Chambers, C’2015.
Think Like a Man, Act Like a Lady_is“Think Like a Man, Act Like a Lady” by Steve Harvey is a book given to me as a gift from my mother,” said Artisha Arthur, C’ 2016.
welcome-to-the-monkey-house_is“Welcome to the Monkey House” by Kurt Vonnegut – Nia Simmons, C’2015.



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  1. Mona Phillips says

    “Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century” – Dorothy Roberts (New York: The Free Press, 2011)

    Faculty in different departments are reading this book! Come join us as we form discussion groups beginning in October.

  2. Mona Phillips says

    Two articles from ESPN Magazine:

    “When the Beautiful Game Turns Ugly: A Journey into the World of Italy’s Racist Soccer Thugs” by Wright Thompson (July issue);


    “Brittney Griner: Owning the Middle” by Kate Fagan (June issue).

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