Summer Reading Challenge with a Health Humanities/Social Justice Slant

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Bookshelf at the Green Dragon Inn, Hobbiton

Time for some serious summertime reading. Time to join in on the ‘summer reading challenge’ as posted by one of our PNW writers, Oliver de la Paz (a wonderful poet). He has the full list of reading challenge criteria on his blog post, along with his own summer reading list. And for more ideas, one of my current writing teachers/mentors, Wendy Call, has her summer reading list posted here. My own list is slanted towards topics having to do with health humanities and social justice. I realize they aren’t exactly ‘light’ summertime reading, but what can I say…Here is my current reading list (with the last three books being ‘borrowed’ from his list):

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (This is our University of Washington Health Sciences Common Book for academic year 2015/16).
  • The Politics of Aesthetics, by Jacques Ranciere
  • Capital in the 21st Century, by Thomas Piketty
  • The Aesthetics of Resistance, by Peter Weiss
  • Raw Data is an Oxymoron, by Lisa Gitelman
  • On Such a Full Sea, by Chang-rae Lee
  • The Bladerunner (book–not the movie one) by Alan Nouse
  • Intern, by Doctor X (Alan Nouse)
  • Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities, by Mindy Thompson Fullilove (lovely last name!)
  • Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America, by Helen Thorpe (currently reading this one)
  • Graphic Medicine Manifesto, by MK Czerwiec, et al.
  • Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone, by Eduardo Galeano
  • All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
  • On Looking, by Lia Purpura
  • Rivers of Shadows, by Rebecca Solnit

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