What We’re Reading: November

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Holly: I’m currently in the middle of I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai. I’m actually listening to it on audiobook, which I’m really enjoying as a break from my academic work! This book surged in popularity when it was published in October 2013 and again when Yousafzai received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. It’s a compelling memoir that is providing me with insight into a culture very different from my own. I am also completing my senior thesis on Netochka Nezvanova by Fyodor Dostoevsky. This is one of Dostoevsky’s early unfinished novels (and pretty short as far as Russian literature goes!). It tells the story of a young girl in St. Petersburg who lives in extreme poverty before being taken in by a wealthy family, shining light on the importance of human relationships.

Kamilia: I’m currently reading Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott. The book basically covers the tools and techniques needed in order to successfully have REAL conversations within your personal and professional life. The author, Susan Scott describes this as the opportunity to come from behind self in order to say what we’re TRULY feeling successfully. It’s truly an AMAZING read!

Keri: Currently, I am reading American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin. It is a fascinating look at the infamous kidnapping but especially as it related to the cultural and political climate in America in the late 60s and into the 70s. Also, I just finished The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness. Such a fun, fascinating read. Sy Montgomery shares what she has learned about octopus- their intelligence, their personalities. Such cool invertebrates!

Ryan: So I’m reading four books right now. Living to Tell the Tale, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s memoir, is about how he got started in writing and talks about all of the artists he knew growing up in Colombia. It’s a little bit of a bummer because he talks about things in his life that appear in his books, and maybe you don’t want to see behind the curtain, how the magic is made. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell is underdog stories – they think that Goliath had pituitary gigantism and it limited his movement and vision, so David was able to kill the giant pretty easily because he was accurate with a slingshot and didn’t come at the giant like a warrior, with a shield. I’ve been reading Infinite Jest for like a year – that book is a pain. It’s about a piece of entertainment so seductive that people can’t turn away when they watch it – it sucks them in and they end up dying of starvation or whatever because it’s so good. And Modern Romance, by Aziz Ansari, is about the difficulties that young people face that their parents didn’t face in dating.

Victoria: I just finished The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin. The story follows Cora Cash, an exceedingly wealthy girl who lives during the American Gilded Age, complete with a Newport mansion. Her mother is obsessed with buying her a title, and after a fortuitous fall from her horse, Cora weds an English Duke. All is not how it seems in the English aristocracy, however, and Cora must navigate this world of smoke and mirrors, and decide if she’ll remain committed to the Duke.

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