Biblio File: What to Read Now — May 2021

Books: Erin Attkisson; background painting: DaVidRo

We Recommend: On the Horizon

While I Was Away book cover

While I Was Away, Waka T. Brown, ’94, MA ’95; Quill Tree Books. Pitch-perfect memoir for tweens, teens and anyone who has ever felt out of place. 

The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another book cover

The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another, Ainissa Ramirez, MS ’92, PhD ’98; MIT Press. Eight inventions that radically changed our lives, and the materials that made them possible.

Time’s Monster: How History Makes History book cover

Time’s Monster: How History Makes History, Priya Satia, ’95; Belknap Press. From a Stanford history professor, the policymaking power of the historian’s pen.

A Place of Exodus: Home, Memory, and Texas book cover

A Place of Exodus: Home, Memory, and Texas, David Biespiel, Stegner fellow 1993–95; Kelson Books. The disquietude of returning to what you thought you’d left behind.

My Year Abroad book cover

My Year Abroad, Chang-rae Lee; Riverhead Books. A Stanford English professor’s 10-course meal for the travel-starved and adventure-hungry.