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Coming from California, the land of seemingly perpetual summer, I looked forward to experiencing fall, winter, and spring for the first times, but dismissed the idea that summer in New England would be a particularly revelatory experience. Entering my second full year in New Hampshire, I'm excited to see the leaves change and for the Valley to transform into a snowglobe, but I'm also sad to see the summer go. The summer here is cooler and less humid than other parts of the east coast, and most days I was happy to eat lunch outside, knowing I wouldn't be drenched in sweat by the time I returned inside. The days are wonderfully long, with ample time to lounge outside after work with a book before the bugs decide it's dinner time. I wasn't the only one excited to read something other than applications this summer (we're excited to read those, too! We just needed a few months off...) -- check out what the folks here in McNutt have had their noses in this summer:


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last year in havana
Greg read this before leaving for Havana!

  1. Last night I finished the book Next Year in Havana. -Greg Manne
  2. Evicted by Matthew Desmond; Educated by Tara Westover; The Price of Inequality by Joseph Stiglitz -Daniel Dickey
  3. During travel this spring, I got sucked into a couple of really good mystery/thrillers on my long plane rides, which is a brand new genre for me, but they keep the hours moving quickly. Let’s be honest, when I’m at home I’m way more likely to fall into a Netflix binge, but I still like to pick up a good book when I can! -Elkie Vandenbeemt
  4. I’ve read a quick but thoughtful set of short stories by Kazua Ishiguro, a prison camp story called Bitter Eden, and have just started reading East of Eden (there’s a weird Eden theme here for some reason). -Hayden Lizotte
  5. Once There Were Giants (The Golden Age of Heavyweight Boxing), Kill ‘Em and Leave, (Searching for James Brown and the American Soul), Poets' work: Tony Hoagland & Floyd Skloot -Jim Washington Jr.
  6. I’ve been reading though The 4000-Footers of the White Mountains to prep for my last hike of the 48 peaks in NH over 4,000 ft. -Jade McLauglin 

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    trail maps
    Jade's getting ready for her 48th 4,000-footer

  7. I’ve been reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and, on occasion, poems from Rupi Kaur’s The Sun and Her Flowers. -Jenni Gargano
  8. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck, War on Peace by Ronan Farrow, Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education by Nathan Grawe (nerd alert) -Eric Ahlstrand 

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    coffee cup and Kindle overlooking scenic Italian vista
    Eric's Kindle kept him company on a vacation in Italy

  9. Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education edited by Jennifer De Leon. I started reading this book based on a recommendation from an advisor of mine, and it’s one of those books that sure know how to leave a mark. A collection of different essays by Latinas from all around the country, this book details the vast array of experiences at college that we as Latinas have. From being first gen, commuting to school, being low income, discovering your sexuality, to detailing the immigrant experience, these stories made me feel comfort because I saw myself in all of them. Honestly, I think this book should be required reading for any Latina going into college! -Angie Estevez Prada

  10. My reading list this summer (so far): A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, What Schools Could Be, Crazy Rich Asians, Educated, Subliminal, 10% Happier, The 5 Second Rule, The Words of My Perfect Teacher, Proof of Heaven, The Compassionate Life, At What Cost, Creative Confidence, A Mindful Nation -Belinda Chiu

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    Ali and Italian cooking
    How much pasta is too much pasta?

  11. While I have spent most of my summer reading about my favorite subject (pasta) with my girl Marcella Hazan, I have just picked up Educated, per the endorsement of my lovely colleagues Daniel and Katie -Ali Duke

  12. I got hooked on Marilynne Robinson after reading her book Lila a few years back, so when my good friend Jessie recommended Gilead, I knew I had to give it a read. Gilead takes the structure of a letter that a dying pastor in small-town Iowa is writing to his seven-year-old son, and, in spite of what many would call an insurmountably sad circumstance, insists upon maintaining hope. This book came to me at a point in life where many things felt uncertain, so its calm, introspective voice helped me reflect on how there is still wonder to be found in even the most ordinary moments in life. -Adina Harri

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    Beartown - book on beach
    Isabel's lakeside read

  13. For my birthday this spring, my sister-in-law gifted me a few of her favorite books, and it’s been my favorite present. I love reading a book someone else has read and loved. Little Fres Everywhere was an early favorite, The Child Finder was a quick read (note to self, don’t read creepy child abduction books while camping in Dartmouth’s remote Second College Grant with your young kids), and I’m rounding out the summer with Beartown. -Isabel Bober 

  14. My favorite read of the summer was definitely Assasination Vacation by Sarah Vowell -- Hayden lent it to me, knowing I'd appreicate Vowell's witty albeit irreverent research and visits to sites around the US related to presidential assassinations. I also read Hunger: A Memoir of (my) Body by Roxane Gay, Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman, The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamera (gotta have a little historical YA fiction in there), Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (loved it!), At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen (same person who wrote Water for Elephants, though I liked Elephants better), and I'm trying to finish The Secret History and the Crazy Rich Asians sequels before I leave on fall travel! -Vanessa Pius