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Alverno Loyal 2020 Reading List

Alverno faculty and staff have compiled a list of diverse, interesting reads to get you through the summer and beyond.

Thank you to the book lovers who shared recommendations: Jennifer Balistreri, Joyce Tang Boyland, Mimi Czarnik, Steven Dunn, Angela Frey, Elizabeth Gamillo, Lindsey Harness, Leslie Henry ’93, Vanessa Hintz, Steve Janco, Brenda Kilpatrick, Dan Leister, Mary Catherine Nimphius, Bob O’Brien-Hokanson, Sara Shutkin, Dolores Skowronek, Luci Staudacher and Kris Vasquez

Please join us for our first virtual book club on August 18 at 7 p.m. Professor Mimi Czarnk will lead Alverno students and alums in a discussion of Women Talking by Miriam Toews. Alverno Loyal members have first access to register at

2020 Recommended Books

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, Bryan Greenwood

Batman: The Killing Joke Deluxe, Alan Moore

Becoming, Michelle Obama

The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton

Beloved, Toni Morrison

Black Panther, Christopher Priest

Black Panther Psychology: Hidden Kingdoms, Travis Langley

The Book of Delights, Ross Gay

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, Kim Michele Richardson

Bone, Yrsa Daley-Ward

Bossypants, Tina Fey

The Broken Earth Trilogy, N.K. Jemisen

Brunelleschi's Dome, Ross King

Building A Life Worth Living, Marsha Linehan

The Butchering Art, Lindsey Fitzharris

City of Girls, Elizabeth Gilbert

Conviction, Denise Mina

Creating Family Archives: A Step-by-Step Guide to Saving Your Memories, Margot Notes

The Dutch House, Ann Prachett

The Fault in Our Stars, John Greene

Finding Dorothy, Elizabeth Letts

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Mihaly Csikszentmihali

A Fire Sparkling, Julianne MacLean

A Franciscan View of Creation, Ilia Delio, OSF

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who you Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, Brene Brown

Goldfinch, Donna Tartt

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Guest Book, Sarah Blake

H Is for Hawk, Helen Mcdonald

Heart-Shaped Box, Joe Hill

How to Be An Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot

I Think You're Wrong but I'm Listening, Sarah Stewart Holland & Beth Silvers

Joker Psychology: Evil Clowns and the Women Who Love Them, Travis Langley

Journal of a Solitude, May Sarton

The Last Romantics, Tara Conklin

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living, Meik Wiking

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation, Parker Palmer

Lock In, John Scalzi

Lovecraft County, Matt Ruff

The Mindfulness Solution for Intense Emotions, Cedar Koons

Miracle Creek, Angie Kim

Monstress, Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Book Store, Robin Sloan

My Pocket Mantras: Powerful words to connect, comfort and protect, Tanaaz Chubb

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, Oliver Sacks

The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong

The Only Woman in the Room, Marie Benedict

The Overstory, Richard Powers

Paper Girls, Brian K. Vaughan

Praying the Psalms, Walter Brueggemann

Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver

Radio Girls, Sarah-Jane Stratford

Rocket Boys, Homer H. Hickam Jr.

Sabbath as Resistance: Saying NO to the Culture of NOW, Walter Brueggemann

Saga, Compendium One, Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Saving Fish From Drowning, Amy Tan

Scandalous Women: The Lives and Loves of History's Most Notorious Women, Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

Song of Myself, Walt Whitman

Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest and the Music that Made a Nation, Jon Meacham & Tim McGraw

Soul of An Octopus, Sy Montgomery

Stories of Your Life, Ted Chiang

Strong Towns, Charles Marohn

The Stream & the Sapphire: Selected Poems on Religious Themes, Denise Levertov

Sula, Toni Morrison

Taming the Tiger Within, Thich Nhat Hanh

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Lisa See

This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of Human Obsession, Daniel Levitin

Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

The Unspoken Name, A.K. Larwood

Urban Trauma: A Legacy of Racism, Maysa Akbar

What Every Autistic Girl Wishes Her Parents Knew, Emily Paige Ballou, Kristina Thomas and Sharon daVanport

Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, Robin DiAngelo

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed

The Wisdom of Sundays: Life Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations, Oprah Winfrey

A Woman is No Man, Etaf Rum

Women Talking, Miriam Toews

The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T.S. Elliot, D.H. Lawrence and the Year that Changed Literature, Bill Goldstein

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