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What We’re Reading This Summer


If you ask us, it’s always a good time to get lost in a good book but now that summer has arrived and we’re spending more time at home, it feels like a particularly opportune moment to plow through a reading list.

Some of our most passionate readers who work in the Library have shared the books they have recently read and would definitely recommend. Some of the picks are currently available in our collection and can be requested through the Contactless Book Pick Up Service for MRU students and employees. The rest are currently on order and will soon be available.

Let us know what you’re reading this summer!

Associate Professor/Librarian
The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books by Edward Wilson-Lee

Copyright Advisor
Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez

Fulfillment Specialist
So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Assistant Professor/Librarian
Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, PhD

“This is an engaging scientific work that explains why sleep is critical to our health and what happens when we don’t get enough of it”

Serials Specialist
City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Associate Professor/Librarian
Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson

“An epic biography of the famous mystic, cousin of Crazy Horse, participant at the Battle of Little Bighorn and the Wounded Knee Massacre. Black Elk also toured Europe to enthralled fans and met Queen Victoria and, quite possibly, Jack the Ripper.”

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys: A Memoir by Viv Albertine

“Rock and roll plus fashion, sex and drugs”

Information Assistant – Scholarship
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

“So much in this book, the historical story of a female botanist in the 19th century, includes world travel, passion, rich characters, research and much more. Beautifully written.”

Public Service Assistant
Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything by Lydia Kang, MD and Nate Pedersen

“This book is filled with the gross, gruesome, and ghastly and more than a few face-palm worthy moments. Funny and well researched it is a real trip through the ages of human folly.” 

The Eye of the World (First book of The Wheel of Time series) by Robert Jordan

“This book is pure escapism at its finest. The best part? The Eye of the World is the first book in a fifteen book series so it will keep you reading all summer!”


Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

“It’s one of those books where you try and stop reading at the end of a chapter but you can’t keep yourself from turning the page.”

**Updated August 28, 2020** to include links to books now available that were on order at the time of the initial publication date.

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