If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. - Ursula K. LeGuin

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Other Summer Reading List

Summer break isn't just about lying around reading fat novels by the pool and drinking tequilatinis. No summer break is also when I can catch up on the non-fiction reading that piles up during the academic year. Below is my other summer reading list organized by category:

  • Risky Lessons: Sex Education and Social Inequality - Jessica Fields
  • My Little Red Book - Rachel Kauder Nalebuff
  • Getting Played: African American Girls, Urban Inequality & Gendered Violence - Jody Miller
  • Hopeful Girls, Troubled Boys: Race and Gender Disparity in Urban Education - Nancy Lopez
  • Do Men Mother?: Fathering, Care and Domestic Responsibility - Andrea Doucet
  • The Maternal Is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood and Social Change - Shari McDonald Strong & Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner
  • Mothers and Illicit Drugs: Transcending the Myths - Susan C. Boyd
  • Drug Misuse and Motherhood - Hilary Klee, Marcia Jackson & Suzan Lewis
  • Consuming Motherhood - Janelle Taylor, Linda Layne & Danielle Wozniak
  • Gender Vertigo: American Families in Transition - Barbara J. Riseman
Women's Health:
  • Literary Anatomies: Women's Bodies and Health in Literature - Delese Wear & Lois Lacivita Nixon
  • Into Our Own Hands: The Women's Health Movement in the United States, 1969-1990 - Sandra Morgan
  • Abortion & Life - Jennifer Baumgarden
  • Pushed: The Painful Truth about Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care - Jennifer Block
  • Revisioning Women and Drug Use: Gender, Power and the Body - Elizabeth Ettorre
After putting the two lists together I got so excited that I had to start early. So summer break may be 3 weeks away but I'm currently reading one book from each list.


Anonymous said...

ooh, these all look so good! is it bad that i want to read them all?!

Anonymous said...

so i totally just added them all to my goodreads...

Brigindo said...

JustMe: Very cool! We'll have to compare notes. I've started on Risky Lessons

life_of_a_fool said...

Ha! Not only is at least one of your books sitting right here next to my desk (Getting Played), I should definitely add a few more to my must read list.

Yes, I think our research interests do indeed overlap!

Julie said...

These look great! Thanks for the non-fiction recommendations. I know they will be good, because they're coming from you. I'm especially interested in the mothering ones. I will add all of them to my list.

drax said...

I am SO unqualified to even read this Reading List...

Mel Does Grad School said...

These all look super-good too! I LOVE reading books semi-related to my field during the summer... I finally get to read the trashy novels with relatively little guilt AND spend some serious time on the more serious fun books (which isn't quite the oxymoron it seems).

Not sure if this is exactly what you would want to read, but you should at least check out the reviews for "Pretty Good for a Girl" by Leslie Heywood... it's a female athlete's amazing autobiography about what it means to be a woman in a man's world (cliche, but still good) and then pile on a lot of crappy life experiences and events that could make it cliched, but somehow I didn't really think they did...

And tequilatinis? Do you have a good recipe? I must try it out. Even if that's really not the point of your post, I'm salivating.