Biblio File: What to Read Now — September 2020

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We Recommend: Rethinking It

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Members Only, Sameer Pandya, PhD ’02; Houghton Mifflin. An Indian-American professor’s life hurtles toward ruin after he blurts out a racist quip in a botched attempt at connection. 

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The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett, ’12; Riverhead Books. A family fracture nearly a half-century long begins when one twin sister abandons the other not long after the two run away from their skin-color-obsessed Louisiana hometown. 

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Take Two: A Journal for New Beginnings, Kate Simpson, MA ’98, Ellen Watson and Kari Herer; Chronicle Books. If ever there was a year desperate for a do-over, it’s 2020. This gift-perfect gem gently nudges you toward a mindset of resilience. 

Break the Good Girl Myth: How to Dismantle Outdated Rules, Unleash Your Power, and Design a More Purposeful Life book cover

Break the Good Girl Myth: How to Dismantle Outdated Rules, Unleash Your Power, and Design a More Purposeful Life, Majo Molfino, MA ’13; Harper One. Yes girl no more: Use design thinking to summon your long-suppressed inner badass.

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The Henna Artist, Alka Joshi, ’80; Mira Books. Constrained by the life prescribed for her in 1950s India, 17-year-old Lakshmi finds her own way after escaping her abusive husband.