Dive into a good book this summer with this list of recommendations from Lees-McRae faculty and staff

It’s summertime in the High Country, which means warm mountain hikes, relaxing days by the river, refreshing drives on the parkway, and plenty of time for a good book.

Led by Associate Professor of Communications and Media Studies Abby Arnold-Patti, faculty and staff from the college have put together this list of reading recommendations for the summer. With a variety of topics, genres, and perspectives highlighted in the list there is sure to be a selection for every reader, whether you prefer diving deep into niche nonfiction topics, traversing foreign worlds through fantasy and science fiction, or exploring the intricacies of human connection through literary fiction.

"One of my favorite things about the summer break is having the time to enjoy more pleasure reading. I often get my best book recommendations from colleagues, so it makes good sense to me to gather that information and share it with our broader community,” Arnold-Patti said. “I plan to read many from this list over my summer break and I hope others will take advantage of these recommendations as well. They might challenge us, make us feel, make us think, and help us to know members of our Lees-McRae family better by connecting with them over a good book." 

Reading one of these titles this summer? Connect with Lees-McRae College on Instagram or Facebook and let us know your thoughts. Happy reading, Bobcats! The full summer reading list for 2024 is as follows, and titles available in the Shelton Learning Commons are marked with asterisks:

The Big Reveal: An Illustrated Manifesto of Drag

By Sasha Velour

Recommended by Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for English Silas Heying

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A Grandmother Begins the Story

By Michelle Porter

Recommended by Associate Professor of Communications and Media Studies Abby Arnold-Patti

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A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder

By Michael Pollan

Recommended by Dean of Arts and Humanities Michael Vines

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A World of Curiosities

By Louise Penny

Recommended by Professor of Religious Studies Ken Craig

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Assembling California

By John McPhee

Recommended by Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Design Michael Iauch

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Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work

By Matthew B. Crawford

Recommended by Dean of Arts and Humanities Michael Vines

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Braiding Sweetgrass*

By Robin Wall Kimmerer

Recommended by Assistant Dean of Arts and Humanities Robert Turpin

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Tinkers*

By Paul Harding

Recommended by Assistant Dean of Arts and Humanities Robert Turpin

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The Neapolitan Novels

By Elena Ferrante

Recommended by Content and Media Strategist Maya Jarrell

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In Search of the Old Ones: Exploring the Anasazi World of the Southwest*

By David Roberts

Recommended by Program Coordinator of Outdoor Recreation Management and Wilderness Medicine and Rescue Katie Wall

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The Alchemist

By Paulo Coehlo

Recommended by Program Coordinator of Outdoor Recreation Management and Wilderness Medicine and Rescue Katie Wall

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

By Neil Gaiman

Recommended by Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology Alex Glass

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The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World

By Patrik Svensson

Recommended by Visiting Assistant Professor of English Joseph Worthen

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The Way of Kings

By Brandon Sanderson

Recommended by Instructor of Mathematics Woody Madison

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The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon

By Kevin Fedarko

Recommended by Assistant Director of Campus Life Kendall Malsam

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The Three-Body Problem

By Cixin Liu

Recommended by Associate Director of Marketing and Enrollment Communications Emily Webb

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Prodigal Summer*

By Barbara Kingsolver

Recommended by Lab Coordinator Betsy Walker

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Appalachia on the Table: Representing Mountain Food and People

By Abrams Locklear

Recommended by Lees-McRae librarians

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House of Cotton

By Monica Brashears

Recommended by Lees-McRae librarians

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Demon Copperhead

By Barbara Kingsolver

Recommended by Lees-McRae librarians

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Ender's Game*

By Orson Scott Card

Recommended by Visual Media Manager Josh Floyd

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By Maya JarrellJune 05, 2024
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