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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.

12 mins

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.

7 mins

Cross-Cultural Reading

Kyle Garton-Gundling (Christopher Newport University)

Kyle Garton-Gundling brings us four books about cross-cultural identity and religion in America.

9 mins

Summer Learning

Cheryl Mango (Virginia State University)

Cheryl Mango’s adding three very different nonfiction books to our stacks.

9 mins

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.

15 mins

Reading Recommendations

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

Talking Across the Divide: How to Communicate with People You Disagree with and Maybe Even Change the World by Justin Lee

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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