“What Ya’ Reading?” Part 2: Library Staff Beach Reads


Hopefully our last blog post left you wanting more summer reading inspiration. Just in case it did, here’s a list of the library staff member’s current reads, ranging from biographies to environment-related research to Japanese mysteries and everything in between…perhaps one for each grain of sand in between your toes:


The compelling story of the 10-year journey by brother filmmakers Lorne and Lawrence Blair through the remotest islands of the Indonesian archipelago to find and document the customs, beliefs and wisdom of the fragmented islands’ isolated peoples even as those cultures were vanishing. Their film formed the basis of a 5-part PBS documentary series by the same name. – Jen Wolf, Social Media Coordinator

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In this fascinating memoir, Viv Albertine recounts her time as the guitarist for the British punk band, The Slits. It’s been fun to read about the punk scene in 70’s London from the comfort of my couch. – Nina Guzman, Circulation Assistant


War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy

I like Russian literature, and I read Sentimental Education just before this, so I’m kind of in that time period right now. – Brad Grove, I.T. Help Desk Manager



East West Street by Phillipe Sands

This was a very interesting book donated by faculty member Diane Amann. It traces the holocaust in the Ukraine by way of the biographies of two men, Lauterpacht and Lemkin. Truly fascinating! – Kathy Caveney, Catalog Associate


The Fear Index by Robert Harris

This British author writes modern history based stuff with a twist on it. This one is about artificial intelligence and people developing paranoia. – Szilvia Somodi, Circulation Assistant


Coleridge by Walter Jackson Bates

A critical biography. One of my favorite quotes from this book was “Meanwhile the Southeys had arrived at Greta Hall at first only for a visit but actually for the rest of their lives, during which they shared the house with the Coleridge family.”Coleridge’s life was full of difficulties, most of his own making (and some of us can certainly identify with that), which the author wryly exposes with little extra comment… An American writer who has mastered the British gift for understatement. – Dan Riggs, Serials Associate


Drawndown edited by Paul Hawken

A well-researched collection of 100 ways to reverse global warming, ranked in order of potential impact. – Leslie Grove, Web Developer



To Dance with the White Dog by Terry Kay

It is about a gentleman who has lost his wife and in working through the grief he forms a strong companionship with a white dog that suddenly appears after her death. I love that the setting is in our surrounding area since this is a local author, and the main character reminds me of my uncle. – Marie Mize, Circulation Manager


Devils in Daylight by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki (translated by J. Keith Vincent)

Written in 1918, this suspenseful tale feels like a modern mystery. The protagonist’s friend who is perhaps mentally unstable convinces him that he has found a cryptographic code inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s The Gold-Bug which could allow them to watch a murder from the shadows. – Rachel Evans, Web Coordinator


On Tyranny: 20 Lessons from the 20th Century by Timothy Snyder

It is a short little book, only about 120 pages and the author is really knowledgeable. The book highlights the importance of supporting the judiciary system as an insitution. – JoEllen Childers, Instructional Support Specialist

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