In mid-March, the library was able to send out lists of titles recommended for purchase to the academic programs on campus. Some of the academic programs were able to return their requests for purchase before the college moved to remote learning in April. One hundred and fifty-five titles have been received and processed and are available to be checked out. The entire list will not be reproduced here, but a few titles purchased for each participating program will be listed. To get the entire list, please contact Pam Newberg at email@example.com.
Ogallala: Water for a dry land by John Opie, Char Miller, and Kenna Lang Archer.
Temperate agroforestry systems edited by Andrew M. Gordon, Steven M. Newman and Brent R.W. Coleman
Advances in agricultural machinery and technologies edited by Guangnan Chen
The New rules of marketing and PR: How to use content marketing, podcasting, social media, AI, live video, and newsjacking to reach buyers directly by David Meerman Scott.
The Inspiration code: How the best leaders energize people every day by Kristi Hedges
Silent selling: Best practices and effective strategies in visual merchandising by Judy Bell, Kate Ternus
Let the story do the work: The Art of storytelling for business success by Esther K. Cody.
Legal Studies/Justice Studies
Practicing equality: Forging justice in a divided nation by Robert L. Tsai
Doing Justice: a Prosecutor’s thoughts on crime, punishment, and the rule of law by Preet Bharara
The complete paralegal certification handbook by Virginia Koerselman Newman
Conformity: The Power of social influences by Cass R. Sunstein
Rape: From Lucretia to #metoo by Mithu Sanyal
The end of the myth: From the frontier to the border wall in the mind of America by Greg Grandin
Wilmington’s lie: The Murderous coup of 1898 and the rise of white supremacy by David Zucchino
Beyond the steppe frontier: A History of the Sino-Russian border by Saren Urbansky
The dragon in the jungle: The Chinese Army in the Vietnam War by Xiaobing Li
The impeachers: The trial of Andrew Johnson and the dreams of a just nation by Brenda Wineapple
Why we are polarized by Ezra Klein
College athletes’ rights and well-being: Critical perspectives on policy and practice edited by Eddie Comeaux.
Branded: Branding in the sports business edited by Jason W. Lee
Periodization: Theory and methodology of training by Tudor O. Bompa, Carlo A. Buzzichelli
Women in sports coaching edited by Nicole M LaVoi
The Fundamentals of fashion management by Susan Dillon
Professional practice for interior designers by Christine M. Piotrowski
The social archaeology of food: Thinking about eating from prehistory to the present by Christine A. Hastorf.
99 variations on a proof by Phillip Ording
Humble Pi: When math goes wrong in the real world by Matt Parker
Game theory, alive by Anna R. Karlin, Yuval Peres
Teaching statistics using baseball by Jim Albert
Managing stage fright: a guide for musicians and music teachers by Julie Jaffee Nagel
The musical language of rock by David Temperley
The evolution of music through culture and science by Peter Townsend
Piano servicing, tuning, and rebuilding: a guide for the professional, student, and hobbyist by Arthur A. Reblitz
The silent musician: Why conducting matters by Mark Wigglesworth
Psychology, Counseling, and Social Work
The nature of human creativity edited by Robert J. Sternberg and James C. Kaufman
Highway of tears: A True story of racism, indifference, and the pursuit of justice for missing and murdered indigenous women and girls by Jessica McDiarmid
The portable Ph.D.: Taking your psychology degree beyond academia by Patrick Gallagher and Ashleigh Gallagher
Why young men: The dangerous allure of violent movements and what we can do about it by Jamil Jivanti
In mixed company by J. Dan Rothwell
Custodians of the Internet: Platforms, content moderation, and the hidden decisions that shape social media by Tarleton Gillespie
Theorizing about intercultural communication edited by William B. Gudykunst
Understanding global media by Terry Flew
In normal years, instruction sessions allow students and faculty a chance to visit the library in-person to learn about resources and services. The pandemic meant that the CSC librarians needed to modify some of our approaches to instruction sessions. The Directed Health Measure (DHM) in place at the beginning of the semester placed strict restrictions on gatherings. This meant that we were not able to provide library tours as usual this semester. However, this does not mean that we weren’t able to provide an introduction to the library to CSC students. A variety of alternative methods were used to reach out to classes.
Outreach Librarian Shawn Hartman and College Relations’ Designer Daniel Binkard completed a video tour of the library last year. This was definitely fortuitous timing. This video provides a great introduction of the physical spaces and the materials housed in the library, which proved very helpful since we couldn’t provide normal tours this year. The video can be found on the library’s “Find Resources” page: https://www.csc.edu/library/databases/index.csc
Technical Services Librarian Pam Newberg and Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Eric Rapp have been diligently working on library instruction videos since last year. The next to final drafts of these were finished this summer, which meant that even though they still needed a little bit of editing, they could be used in classes this fall. If you’d like to browse these videos, they can be found here: https://youtu.be/GRK7wt-7VRs, https://youtu.be/NxUV6P5g9e8, https://youtu.be/V73f42_4ivw, https://youtu.be/_nFCgKACnjw
Although we could not host classes in the library, there were no recommendations prohibiting librarians from visiting classes. Public Services Librarian Christine Fullerton visited numerous classes in their normal meeting rooms and provided an overview of library resources. She also created some Zoom videos for classes which had students unable to attend physical classes because of quarantine.
If you’d like to visit with a librarian about instruction options for the spring semester, please contact Christine Fullerton (firstname.lastname@example.org), Shawn Hartman (email@example.com), or Pam Newberg (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Library Learning Commons is a busy place. The Main Floor alone houses the Learning Lab, Career Services, Transitional Studies, and the IT Help Desk, not to mention the Circulation Desk, Reference Desk, computers, and, of course, books. If you venture to the top floor, you’ll find more computers, places to sit and study, and a lot more books. In the basement, you’ll find a computer lab and the Strive/TRIO offices. We see a lot of traffic from students, but also faculty, staff, and community members.
And then Covid-19 hit. The campus pivoted to remote learning, most of the students went home, and the LLC became something of a ghost town, and stayed that way for several months. Of course, much of life at CSC returned to a relative normal in the fall, albeit in a new masked and socially-distanced state. Still, it seems likely that, in many ways, the spring 2020 pivot will have a lasting effect on higher education, in particular, on instruction.
The spring pivot highlighted the need in higher education for instructors and the support networks around them to remain vigilant in efforts to understand teaching & learning, especially regarding the needs of the learner and the role online instruction will play in the future of higher education. But first, we needed to deal with the present. Faculty worked hard over the summer preparing for a fall term that would present unique instructional challenges. In an effort to support that work, the King Library ensured that faculty had unlimited access to e-book versions of standard texts in teaching & learning, the learning sciences, and online instruction. Many of these texts were already available in the TLC Collection in the basement of Old Admin., but with limited physical copies, it would not always be possible for instructors get their hands on a given text.
Enter e-books, and unlimited access to them. Below is a list of the books that the King Library either already had unlimited e-book access to, or over the summer purchased such access. The goal has been to ensure that instructors can get their hands on these texts, or sections in them, when they need it. Moreover, portions of these books are referenced in sections of the newly developed TLC Instructional Support Site. Finally, these will remain available to all of you as you continue the work of growing as teachers, work we all know never really ends. Note: Permalinks are added to the titles; Amazon links are provided for you to read summaries and reviews of these books.
- The seminal work on backward design.
- Two of the more popular and accessible accounts of what the learning sciences have discovered about how learning works.
- Two books that seek to apply what research tells us about how learning works, but also about what instructional strategies are most effective, and in what scenarios. Both are very practical, cite research to support their recommendations, and have been widely used and discussed.
- Four of the more frequently cited texts that attempt to apply what we know about learning and instruction in online environments.
- Miller, Michelle. Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology. Harvard, 2014. (Amazon link)
- Boettcher, Judith V. The Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips, 2nd edition. Jossey-Bass 2016. (Amazon link)
- Nilson, Linda B., and Ludwika A. Goodson. Online Teaching at Its Best: Merging Instructional Design with Teaching and Learning Research. Jossey-Bass, 2017. (Amazon link)
- Darby, Flower, with James M. Lang. Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes. Jossey-Bass, 2019. (Amazon link)
- If you are not on campus, when you access these books, you may need to review the instructions for Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus.
- If you want to download these and read them on your portable device, you will need to create a free My EBSCOhost account and download an appropriate app (for example, Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader). Consult the eBook download help page for more information.
The Covid-19 pandemic has led to numerous restrictions across campus, including the postponement of the Graves Lecture Series. And, unfortunately at this point, we are unsure about the Spring 2021 Series. However, though we have been unable to host Grave Lectures during the pandemic, many past lectures are still available to us.
The Graves Lecture Series began in August 2006 and since then, we have hosted over 100 presentations. This event features scholarly, thought-provoking presentations on a wide variety of topics. Generally, the featured speakers are CSC Faculty and/or CSC Staff. Also, on occasion, community members and stellar CSC students have presented.
A few of the past presentations were discussions on:
- Bighorn Sheep
- Coen Brothers
- Echoes of Venice
- Piano/Saxophone performance
- Lewis and Clark
- Insider look at Sports information
- Multi-Exposure Photography
- Lessons for Living Longer
- CSC Presidents
- Cultural Assimilation
- Future of Higher Education
- Student perceptions on Campus Police
The speakers have the opportunity to choose their presentation topic and title and also have the option of having their presentation live-streamed. If you are interested in viewing previous presentations, they can be found at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3A530AD3750A0789).
The presentations have typically been held on Tuesday evenings at 7pm in the Sandoz Atrium. If you are interested in being a featured speaker, know someone who is interested, and/or want more information, please contact Shawn Hartman at email@example.com or 308.432.7059.
The Library Learning Commons will host a pop-up food pantry on from 4-7pm on Sunday, February 23rd and Monday February 24th in the library entryway in an effort to combat food insecurity faced by members of the student body. This initiative grew out of a SEMP project plan created last summer for a permanent space designed for a food pantry. While a full-fledged food pantry would be expensive and time-consuming to set up, and would require a dedicated facility to house it, the pop-up is designed to provide students with food resources, while testing the waters for a more permanent solution. The plan is to have three pop-ups in the spring semester – one in February, one in March, and one in April.
Since many campus food pantries allow students to benefit from their service once a month, the pop-up is in line with the efforts enacted by other campuses and universities. Many campuses have adopted a pop-up model, either as a bridge to a physical food pantry or as a permanent ongoing service of their campus.
Shepherd’s Pantry at Immanuel Lutheran Church will provide 20 bags of nonperishable goods for food insecure students. CSC’s Student Senate allocated $500 in support of the food pantry. This money will be used to purchase an additional 25 bags of food. Northwest Community Action Partnership has agreed to create some flyers and brochures to hand out with the food, highlighting other food resources that are available in the Chadron community. Students will only be asked to provide their NUID before receiving a bag and this information will be kept strictly confidential. No other identifying information will be collected. The pop-up food pantry will be staffed by two members of the library staff, Christine Fullerton, Public Services Librarian, and Geoffrey Ledbetter, library assistant.
Each bag will contain:
– 2 cans of fruit
– 1 can of spaghetti sauce
– 1 package of spaghetti
– 1 package of macaroni & cheese
– 1 package of pasta or rice meal
– 1 can of tuna, chicken, or other meat
– 2 cans of beans
– 3 cans of soup
– 2 packages of ramen
– 1 jar of peanut butter
– 1 box of cereal
Shaunda French-Collins’ Communication Arts 425 class, Risk and Crisis Communication, created a communication mini-campaign and marketing materials for the event. This was a natural fit since Shaunda’s classes also organize the OxFam banquet, which educates and brings awareness to the issue of food insecurity on both a national and international level, and because the Communication Arts students bring great skills to successfully marketing events.
For more information about the pop-up food pantry, contact Christine Fullerton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 308-432-7058.
About every once or twice a year, we sort through a list of the books that have been in the Adult Rotating Collection for approximately a year to decide which ones should be added to the library’s permanent collection and which ones to return. The Adult Rotating Collection is comprised of titles chosen by a select group of campus faculty and staff and leased from the library’s book vendors. These books are chosen from a list of recently published books that can augment the college’s curriculum in some way and may be of interest to our students, faculty, and staff.
Of those in the rotating collection, the 23 books listed below were selected to join our permanent collection.
The Book of Books by Jessica Allen
1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List by James Mustich
Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas
Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Eli Saslow
Them: Why We Hate Each Other and How to Heal by Ben Sasse
Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking
The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: How to Know What’s Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake by Dr. Steven Novella
Math with Bad Drawings: Illuminating the Ideas That Shape Our Reality by Ben Orlin
Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome by Venki Ramakrishnan
The Revolutionary Genius of Plants: A New Understanding of Plant Intelligence and Behavior by Stefano Mancuso
Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar
Between Hope and Fear: A History of Vaccines and Human Immunity by Michael Kinch
The Disordered Mind: What Unusual Brains Tell Us about Ourselves by Eric R. Kandel
Elegy Landscapes: Constable and Turner and the Intimate Sublime by Stanley Plumly
Flight or Fright edited by Stephen King and Bev Vincent
The Best American Short Stories 2018 selected and edited by Roxane Gay with Heidi Pitlor
Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates by Eric Jay Dolin
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Reagan: An American Journey by Bob Spitz
Jell-O Girls: A Family History by Allie Rowbottom
A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl: A Novel by Jean Thompson
The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien
The Library Learning Commons has a new face in the building! In October, Transitional Studies hired Marina McCreary to serve as part-time support. Marina was attracted to this position because at the time, she was still a student at CSC, so the flexible schedule fit perfectly around her course work, and…she had an office in the Library (where she spent most of her time)!
Marina is originally from Washington State, but her family moved to Nebraskawhen she was in Junior High. After she graduated from Morrill High School, she attended Western Nebraska Community College where she landed a spot in the Western Nebraska Community College Varsity Vocalise, an “audition only” show choir. Marina graduated from WNCC with an Associate’s Degree in Vocal Performance and continued her vocal performance education at Nebraska Wesleyan University. After realizing she did not want to pursue a career in music, she discovered Chadron State College offered a Range Management Program, which brought her to CSC!
One of Marina’s favorite aspects of her job is helping students feel welcome and making sure that each student within the program is getting the support that they need to be successful in their courses, as well as in life. She also enjoys being in the library, working with the wonderful people in the library, particularly her boss, Caitlin Rovner.
According to Marina, The Transitional Studies Program offers advising, schedule building, ensuring that their classes line up with their personal interest, and making sure the students are aware of the resources available to them (e.g., tutoring, financial aid, counseling, etc.).
The Transitional Studies Program is located on the main level of the Library in Room 207. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm. If you are in the library, stop by and welcome Marina!
The Library Learning Commons recently partnered with Residence Life Association (RLA) and Project Strive/TRiO to launch Fun Fridays. This is a brand new initiative aimed at giving students an intellectually stimulating option for Friday nights, while also letting them interact with the library in a new way, i.e. experience the novelty of being able to shout and laugh loudly in the Library. In the Fall 2019 semester, we hosted three Fun Fridays, each held after hours from 7pm-9pm.
For our inaugural Fun Friday in September, we held a game night where the Library, RLA, and Project Strive all provided board games for students to play. Students sketched masterpieces and stick figures alike in Pictionary, raced against the clock to triumph in Minute to Win It, tested their knowledge in Trivial Pursuit, and strategized their way around a Mancala board in an evening of entertainment.
In October and November, we held more structured events. We thought it would be nice to switch off between self-directed game nights and planned activities in order to keep Fun Fridays fresh.
In October, we worked with Will Atnip, an RA and a member of Plainswalkers (CSC’s game club), to create a live-action Clue game. The Library was divided into nine rooms to mimic a Clue board. Participants were tasked with solving the ‘murder’ of Taylor Osmotherly by figuring out where (room) it took place, how (murder weapon) it was committed, and who (which RA) was responsible. Both prizes and door prizes were given.
In November, we partnered with Blue Key National Honor Society to hold a Pub Trivia night. Blue Key members Andrew Hultquist, Greg McCallum, Will Reiter, and Andrew Smith helped craft questions in twelve categories. In addition, Andrew and Andrew served as official timekeeper and trivia master the night of the event, respectively. Prizes were given to the teams that finished first and second.
We are planning to continue these events in the Spring 2020 semester, with themes to be named at a future date. If you have any great ideas for intellectually stimulating Fun Friday activities, don’t hesitate to contact Christine Fullerton (LLC – email@example.com), Taylor Osmotherly (RLA – firstname.lastname@example.org), or Amanda Lewin (Project Strive – email@example.com).
The Fall 2019 Graves Lecture Series kicked off on Tuesday, October 22 with Dr. Ann Buchmann, Professor of Physical and Life Sciences. Buchmann shared insights on her recent visit to Zambia which included photos of Victoria Falls, known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. She also touched on illegal hunting of rhinos and the huge market for rhino horns, particularly in Vietnam and China. Buchmann concluded her presentation with a brief discussion on the large population of elephants and then shared videos of some of the lions and their baby cubs. The title of her talk was “Rhinos, Elephants, and Vultures, O My!”
Bruce Hoem, Professor of Social Work, was the featured speaker on Tuesday, November 12. Hoem, a Vietnam Veteran, recited two different readings focused on kindness and his time in Vietnam. The first reading was a poem about a night in Vietnam and the second was the commencement speech he delivered to the graduating class in December 2016 (also about Vietnam). The audience was somewhat misled with the title of his talk “Charles Manson, Woodstock, The Fifth Dimension, and The Cat” because he didn’t specifically address these topics, instead they were briefly mentioned in his presentation, mainly the cat. He concluded his presentation asking the audience to “Try to be kind. Try to be kind before anything else.”
Our final speaker, Dr. Susan Schaeffer, was scheduled to present on Tuesday, November 26th. However, due to the impending storm and campus closure, it was postponed until next year.
As always, if you are interested in being a featured speaker and/or if you have suggestions on someone you would like to have as a featured speaker, please contact Shawn Hartman at 308.432.7059 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was throwing a holiday party for a few hundred of my closest friends. I had lots of food prepared and the drinks were flowing well. As I was making another bowl of my famous holiday punch I heard a loud crash and screams in my bedroom.
As The Bastard Brigade climbed through my bedroom window, the insect collection I was holding on to for The Beekeeper of Aleppo proceeded to Buzz Sting and Bite until the brigade burst through the bedroom door and joined the party. Each little pocket of party-goers were talking about a different thing. The group included the guys from Fentanyl Inc. who wondered aloud whether if you died “Will the Cat Eat My Eyeballs?” The Water Dancer, Quichotte, and Young Castro posed the question “Have you Eaten Grandma?” The Nickel Boys, the Last Witnesses of whom sat On the Clock, argued Beneath the Tamarind Tree about their favorite places to travel to. One liked Campusland, another preferred Fashionopolis, while a third liked Bottle Grove best. Me, I like Bedlam, The Power of WOW, and Canyon Dreams, for My Drunk Kitchen Holidays.
Yes, we have received new rotating books just in time for the holidays. Here is a list of the new titles.
24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week by Tiffany Shlain
The Assault on American Excellence by Anthony Kronman
The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb by Sam Kean
Bedlam: An Intimate Journey into America’s Mental Health Crisis by Kenneth Paul Rosenberg
The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri
Beneath the Tamarind Tree: A Story of Courage, Family, and the Lost Schoolgirls of Boko Haram by Isha Sesay
The Best American Short Stories 2019
The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson
Bottle Grove by Daniel Handler
Buzz Sting Bite: Why We Need Insects by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson
Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead by James Mattis
Campusland by Scott Johnston
Change is the only Constant: The Wisdom of Calculus in a Madcap World by Ben Orlin
Conversations with RGB: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty and Law by Jeffrey Rosen
Everybody wants to go to Heaven but Nobody wants to Die: Bioethics and the Transformation of Health Care in America by Amy Gutmann
Everything Inside: Stories by Edwidge Danticat
Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes by Dana Thomas
Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic by Ben Westhoff
Grand Union: Stories by Zadie Smith
The Green New Deal: Why the Fossil Fuel Civilization will Collapse by 2028, and the Bold Economic Plan to Save Life on Earth by Jeremy Rifkin
Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law by Haben Girma
Hate Inc.: Why Today’s Media Makes us Despise One Another by Matt Taibbi
Have You Eaten Grandma?: Or, the Life Saving Importance of correct Punctuation, Grammar, and Good English by Gyles Brandreth
Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares by Aarti Namdev Shahani
The Hidden World of the Fox by Adele Brand
How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter about Visual Information by Alberto Cairo
How the Brain Lost Its Mind: Sex, Hysteria, and the Riddle of Mental Illness by Allan H. Ropper
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
How to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul
How to Start a Revolution: Young People and the Future of American Politics by Lauren Duca
The Immoral Majority: Why Evangelicals Chose Political Power over Christion Values by Ben Howe
In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids by Travis N. Rieder
Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have by Tatiana Schlossberg
The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek
The Intelligence Trap: Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes by David G. Robson
The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System—And How to Fix It by Natalie Wexler
Last Witnesses: An Oral History of the Children of World War II by Svetlana Aleksievich
Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead, and Live Without Barriers by Jo Boaler
Make it Scream, Make it Burn: Essays by Leslie Jamison
Me by Elton John
The Mosquito: A Human History of our Deadliest Predator by Timothy C. Winegard
My Drunk Kitchen Holiday: How to Savor and Celebrate the Year by Hannah Hart
Narrative Economics: How Stories go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events by Robert J. Shiller
The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty by Daron Acemoglu
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret of Sleep by Guy Leschziner
Normal Sucks: How to Live, Learn, and Thrive Outside the Lines by Jonathan Mooney
On the Clock: What Low-wage Work did to Me and How it Drives America Insane by Emily Guendelsberger
The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff
Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals can Transform our Lives—and Save Theirs by Richard Louv
Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness
Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to help our Kids, Ourselves, and our Society Thrive by Marc A. Brackett
Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs and the Curious Forces that make us who we are by Bill Sullivan
Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
Red at the bone by Jacqueline Woodson
Semicolon: The Past, Present, and future of a Misunderstood Mark by Cecelia Watson
She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement by Jodi Kantor
Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music that Made a Nation by Jon Meacham
Talking to Strangers: What we should Know about the People we don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell
This Land: How Cowboys, Capitalism, and Corruption are Ruining the American West by Christopher Ketcham
Turbulence by David Szalay
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Who Says You’re Dead?: Medical and Ethical Dilemmas for the Curious and Concerned by Jacob M. Appel
Will my Cat eat my Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals about Death by Caitlin Doughty
Young Castro: The Making of a Revolutionary by Jonathan M. Hansen