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Books That Help Define Us
Archana Pathak (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Archana Pathak says she mainly reads from three categories: books related to her work, oldies that she loves to reread, and new stuff written by people she cares about.
The Coretta Scott King Winners
Rosalie Kiah (Norfolk State University)
In 1970 the Coretta Scott King Award joined the Caldecott and the Newbery Medals as one of the greatest honors given to children’s and young adult books. Each year, the award recognizes outstanding books that reflect the African-American experience. Rosalie Kiah has worked with the Coretta Scott King Award and she shares some of her favorite past winners.
Kyle Garton-Gundling (Christopher Newport University)
Kyle Garton-Gundling brings us four books about cross-cultural identity and religion in America.
Cheryl Mango (Virginia State University)
Cheryl Mango’s adding three very different nonfiction books to our stacks.
Algae and Autobiography
Bruce Cahoon (University of Virginia at Wise)
Bruce Cahoon spends most of his summers reading a book called Freshwater Algae of North America. It’s fascinating really! But if that’s not your thing, he’s also got two great audiobooks to recommend.
Here’s a full list of all the books recommended in our episode:
Archana Pathak, Virginia Commonwealth University
Annihilation of Caste by B.R. Ambedkar
The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Breaks by Julietta Singh
Rosalie Kiah, Norfolk State University
A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield
The Watsons Go To Birmingham–1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, illustrated by Laura Freeman
Kyle Garton-Grundling, Christopher Newport University
American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar
The First Rule of Ten by Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Cheryl Mango, Virginia State University
Spike Lee: Director’s Inspiration by Spike Lee
Being Human Being: Transforming the Race Discourse by Molefi Kete Asante and Nah Dove
Plagiarism in Higher Education: Tackling Tough Topics in Academic Integrity by Sarah Elaine Eaton
Bruce Cahoon, University of Virginia at Wise
The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl
Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause by Ty Seidule
Bonus: Freshwater Algae of North America edited by John D. Wehr, Robert G. Sheath, and R. Patrick Kociolek
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