Stanford Alumni brings you the Stanford Book Salon summer reading list.
- Late in the Empire of Men, by Christopher Kempf
- In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle, by Madeleine Blais
- Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun, by Sarah Ladipo Manyika
- All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan
- Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole
- The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Marisa Galvez, PhD ’07, associate professor of French and by courtesy, of German Studies, hosted Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome for the Book Salon. She recommends:
Feel waves of new ideas — read like you’re 18 again
Each year, books are selected for incoming undergraduates to read through the Three Books program. This year, Noah Diffenbaugh, ’96, MS ’97, professor of earth system science and senior fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment, selected the following titles around the theme of “sustainability and equity”.
- Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi, ’11
- The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert
- Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward, ’99, MA ’00
Calling all armchair travelers
These books, recommended to students in the Bing Overseas Study Program, are the next best thing to being there.
- Australia: In a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson
- Beijing: Age of Ambitions: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China, by Evan Osnos
- Berlin: The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink
- Cape Town: I Write What I Like, by Steve Biko
- Florence: The Italians, by John Hooper
- Kyoto: A Geek in Japan: Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, and the Tea Ceremony, by Hector GarciaBook
- Madrid: New Spaniards, by John Hooper
- Santiago: A Nation of Enemies, by Pamela Constable and Arturo Valenzuela