This April, we asked our students, friends, and followers on social media to share photos of their current reads. Lots of book lovers responded with great selections and fun photos. We’ve rounded up a few for your perusing pleasure–because we know you need some new titles to add to your to-read list.
Jen (@etownchick) just finished Truman Capote’s Music for Chameleons and was looking forward to starting Nelson Algren’s Chicago: City on the Make.
Ann (@annmarjoryk) is reading “just a couple” books these days…including one of the most colorful e-readers we’ve seen.
Instructor Kelsie Huff (@kelsiehuff) is revisiting bell hooks’ Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics.
Instructor Jen Finstrom (@jenfinstrom) is reading Alexander Chee’s The Queen of the Night…and eating some delicious-looking chocolate.
Staff member Maria Hlohowskyj unintentionally matched her poetry chapbook, M. Mack’s Theater of Parts, to her shopping destination.
Retreat leader Patricia Ann McNair (@PatriciaAMcNair) is reading Swarm Theory, a new release by fellow local author Christine Rice.
Jeannine (@havingfunwrong) is reading Krista Tippet’s Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, equipped with a matching On Being bookmark.
Ron (@thexanaxdiary) is enjoying some memoir about memoir with Why We Write About Ourselves.
Instructor Sarah Terez Rosenblum (@sarahterez) is almost as intense as Ingmar Bergman, whose autobiography, The Magic Lantern, she’s reading.
Suzanne (@SuzanneBrazil) picked up a copy of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes on her latest trip to the library.
Thanks to everyone who participated and shared your #BookPic photos on Twitter. We also had a few great suggestions come in via email.
Nancy writes to us: “I just read A Radiant Life: The Selected Journalism of Nuala O’Faolain, one of my favorite Irish writers. It was the perfect follow-up to Sarah Terez Rosenblum’s “Trending Topics” writing class. This collection is comprised of columns Nuala wrote… from the 1980s through 2007. Although she was born and raised and died in Ireland, Nuala O’Faolain came to live in New York City at various times in order to write two memoirs, Are You Somebody and Almost There: The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman, and the novel My Dream of You. All of these were New York Times bestsellers and I loved them all. The columns featured in A Radiant Life cover a wide range of topics including education, politics, gentrification, the poor, religion, war/terrorism and culture in Ireland, America and elsewhere in the world. Her writing is hard-hitting but heartfelt, trending then yet remarkably relevant now, and a joy to read.”
And Alice shares this great tip in response to our post about offbeat libraries in Chicago: “The Field Museum and Adler Planetarium have research libraries that are free to the public. If you go to the Field Museum on Members’ Day you get to see some special items in the collection. But you have to be a member.”